James A. Farmakis of Hermitage passed away at 11:41 a.m. Monday,
February 12, 2018, in the Sharon Regional Medical Center, after a brief
He was 85.
Mr. Farmakis was born November 6, 1932, in Warren, Ohio, a son of
Aristides and Themis (Chalderis) Farmakis.
He moved to the area in the 1940's and was a 1950 graduate of Sharon High
Jim worked at the former Westinghouse Electric Corp. for two years before
serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Upon his honorable discharge, he earned his bachelor's degree in Civil
Engineering from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.
Jim owned and operated Ferro Construction for more than 35 years and,
during his retirement, was a consultant and well known developer.
He was a member of the Sharon University Club and the Farrell Lions and
Jim loved spending time with family and friends at his home on Lake Erie in
He was also an avid golfer and enjoyed playing cards, particularly pinochle,
gin rummy and euchre.
Surviving are: his wife of 24 years, the former Rosemary Good Horodyski,
at home; two daughters, Christina Farmakis-King and her husband Jeffery,
Jackson Center, PA; and Jamie Zeigler and her husband Bradley, Shenango
Township (Lawrence County), PA; a son, A.J. Farmakis and his wife Jan,
Hermitage; two step-sons, John Horodyski, Denver CO; and Robert
Horodyski and his wife MaryBeth, Gainesville, FL; a step-daughter, Linda
Hahn and her husband Gregory, Canton, OH; 13 grandchildren; and three
He also leaves a brother, Nicholas Farmakis and his wife Mary, of Virginia;
a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Farmakis, Sharpsville; and several loving nieces
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Farmakis; and his
best friend, Rudy Pryately, who also died Monday morning.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children's
Research Fund; to a local Salvation Army; or to a charity of the donor's
Calling hours will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, February 16, 2018, in J.
Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 E. State St.,
A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, in the funeral home.
Interment: Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.
Published on February 14, 2018