Salem — John D. Galaris, 70, beloved husband of Mary Ellen (Hibbard) Galaris, died on Sunday evening, October 6, 2013, after taking an ill turn at home.
Born in Manchester, N.H., he was the son of the late Daniel and Theano (Kampas) Galaris. He lived on the North Shore most of his life, and attended schools in Salem and Peabody, graduating from Peabody High School. He graduated from Salem State College, and earned a master's degree from Suffolk University.
Mr. Galaris enjoyed a distinguished career at Salem State College. First he was a three-time, All-American, and Salem State’s first selection, for basketball. After a short professional basketball career in Greece, he became director of the student union, then a 20-year term as executive director of athletics. In over 33 years of service to Salem State, John served in many roles, including being on the presidential selection committee, finance committee, and in multiple fund-raising roles. In addition, he served and acted as chairman on several New England and national committees, including the National Committee for Men’s Basketball.
John most enjoyed spending time with and helping his family, golfing with his lifelong friends, and playing competitive bridge.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Ellen (Hibbard) Galaris of Salem; two sons, Sean and his wife, Stella Galaris of Clearwater Beach, Fla., and James Galaris of Palm Harbor, Fla.; two grandsons, Justice Galaris and Jared Galaris of Clearwater Beach; a sister, Deborah Drew of Amesbury; two nieces, Kerry Baxter and Katie Drew; and a grand-nephew, Nick Baxter.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather on Friday October 11, at 9 a.m., from the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn Street, Peabody, followed by a Funeral Service, at 10 a.m., in St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, Peabody. A visitation will be held on Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m., in the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. Memorial donations may be made to either the Plummer Home for Boys, 37 Winter Island Rd., Salem, MA 01970, www.plummerhome.org, or to Salem State University Foundation, Galaris Family Internship, 352 Lafayette St. Salem, MA 01970, www.salemstate.edu/donate. To offer condolences, or view his obituary, please visit www.ccbfuneral.com.