James Thomas Poulakos

Born: Thu., Oct. 7, 1943
Died: Fri., Feb. 4, 2011

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On October 7, 1943 in Youngstown, OH the Lord blessed Peter and Thelma Poulakos with their second child. It was a beautiful baby boy. He was named James Thomas Poulakos. There was great joy in the Poulakos household. The joy however would turn to great concern when the doctor informed the new parents that James Thomas had Down syndrome. The doctor further indicated that James would never learn to walk or talk. His advice to Peter and Thelma was to place him in an institution and forget about him for that would be the easiest and best thing to do for him and the rest of the family.The doctor's advice fell on deaf ears. Peter and Thelma brought baby James home and loved and cared for him and never told their seven other children that he had Down syndrome. What would that doctor say if he knew that James Thomas lived 67 years 4 months and 4 days?James 'Jimmy' Poulakos passed away February 4, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents; Peter D. Poulakos (1973) and Thelma Bainbridge Poulakos (2002) and a sister Georgianne (1961). Jimmy leaves behind sisters: Teria Claire (Butch) Ross Columbiana, OH., Donnajean (Dennis) Ruble Sidney, OH, Esther Lee Pederson and Rody Reed of Cincinnati, OH, Elizabeth Ann (Ted) Warmoth, Girard, OH, JoAnn (Dave) Lataster, Xenia, OH and brother Peter(Cindy) New Middletown, Ohio. He will be greatly missed by his nephews Michael Ross, Daniel Ruble, Peter Poulakos, Chip Morley, Nathan Warmoth and nieces: Michaelle Ross, Dana Ruble, Jennifer Warmoth, April Marchese, Mandy Garner, Jamie Morley and Sarah Morley. Jimmy was also a wonderful uncle to 8 great nieces and nephews.Jimmy grew up in the Youngstown, OH area and attended programs through the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities when they became available in the 1960's. He moved to Sidney, OH in 1993 and has been a loyal employee of S&H Products. Jimmy was known for unconditional love of people, his wonderful manners, his beautiful smile that would light up anyone who met him and his forever love of Lawrence Welk. For nine years he lived with his sister Donnajean and husband Dennis here in Sidney. For the past 6 months he was a resident at Dorothy Love Retirement Community Center. He will be remembered as The Best Sorry (board game) player, giver of peppermints, and his ability to charm every woman by telling them how beautiful they were and kiss their hand. Chivalry lived forever in Jimmy's heart.At a time like this, Jimmy's family believes there is a sorrow for which no heart could ever be prepared. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney with John Romer, a family friend. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-7 PM. Funeral services will be held again on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at Kelley-Robb Funeral Home, 709 North Main Street, Hubbard, Ohio 44425. Friends may call at the funeral home there from 12 Noon until 2:00 PM. Funeral services will follow at the funeral home at 2:00 PM with Pastor Joe DeLapa.. Burial will follow at Belmont Park Cemetery, Youngstown, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to S and H Products Senior Programs, 435 South Stolle Dr., Sidney, Ohio 45365. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the Poulakos family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home's web site at: www.salm-mcgillandtangemanfh.com

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Walt and Carol Bennett

When we think of JImmy we see a big smile and him painting birdhouses. Thanks for sharing him with us, we are richer for having him in our lives.

Tia Nelis

I will miss my skyline buddy!!! I Love you all and my prays will be with you!!! Love Tia

Mia Peterson

I am really sorry about the loss of Jim, who was such a great friend to me. I have been looking at pictures and remembering his great smile. I am sad, but I do remember how happy he made everyone feel. I will miss him. I am thinking about your family.

Teresa Moore and John Britton

John and I did not meet Jimmy in person, but we heard the a pure joy in Essie's voice as she shared his story with other self advocates who were looking for role models of determination Thank you Jimmy

Mike and Marla Lieber

His smile was amazing! I think of the story of the dash between birth and death. Jimmy's dash was filled with lives he impacted because of who he was and what he meant to so many people. His life will be missed but we will all cherish the times we had with him and the stories about him. Rest in peace my friend. Mike and Marla

Jim and Barb Sperl

Jimmy was a sweet, beautiful man, and a joy to all who knew him. A tour of his tp supply, his love of mints, and his skill at crossword puzzles are the things we remember most. :-) Oh yes, and the hand kissing -- he always made me feel like royalty. Rest in peace.

Frank Lucician

I'll never forget taking Jim out to a tavern in Cincinnati to play pool and talk to the ladies in the establishment. Jim with that great big smile had candy in his pocket for all his newly found lady friends who were graced that day with his great big smile. I also know how much Jim loves music, and I have no doubt, whatsoever, the angels are still playing loudly as he passes candy out in heaven, making new friends as well as hugging his family and friends already there who welcomed him home last Friday. Deepest Regards. Frank in DC

Jim and Kathy

I never knew I was so pretty until I met Jimmy. I nevered cared after that what anyone else thought. Jimjy said I was pretty and I went with it. He felt like part of our family also.He will always be a memory at our reunions. We will miss his smile at our family get togethers. Our love and prayers are with all of you.

Ed and Berniece

Donna Jean and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. In Christ, Ed and Berniece Bohren

Joseph Drayer

My name is Joseph Drayer and I never met Jimmy. In fact, I just happened to find his obituary on the Sidney News website and took a moment to read about him. I was deeply touched by what I read of his wonderful life and want to send my most sincere and heartfelt condolences to your family. What a wonderful man. I wish I had known him. Joe

Melody Brauninger

Jim was so awesome. He certainly had me charmed. I always looked forward to his visits to Cincinnati to see his little sister, Essie. He will be so missed and so many are far richer for having known him.

Mary Beth and Bob

The news in the paper was one of the most beautiful stories ever written. We feel that we have touched the wings of an angel just knowing Jimmy. He was a kind and gentle spirit that will be missed for a long time. God bless you all. Mary Beth And Bob

Lori Allen

Donna and Family, Let me start by saying that I am so sorry for your loss. Jim will be greatly missed by myself and everyone that I work with. I am so thankful that I was blessed with being able to meet Jimmy Poulakos last year. I am a happier and even better person with having known him and spending time learning from him. I will miss playing cards with Jimmy, dancing with him, goofing around with him, and above all, I will miss his love. No matter how bad your day was, how tired you were, Jim could bring a smile to your face and laughter to your heart. You are so beautiful Jimmy Poulakos! Donna and family, thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful person! I pray for you to be at peace and have the strength to carry on.

Connie and Mike Behr

Never had the honor to meet your brother, Jimmy, but after reading the wonderfrul article in the S.D.N., sounds as if your family was blessed to have him in your life! Sorry for your loss and wish to express our sympathy. Noted one of your sisters lived in Columbiana, OH, and my father was born and raised there. Thinking of you!

Diane Coronati

Donna, I am so sorry for your loss. Jimmy means so much to so many people and I am blessed to have been part of his life! I will always remember the peppermints, my birdcage, hugs and kisses and most of all his beautiful smile!! Jimmy is a big part of my heart and will always be remembered!! He is my pal and most of all my FRIEND!!!!!!!!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,Love Diane

Doug and Beth Borchers

Hi Donna Jean, Dennis, and family, Wanted to thank you for bringing Jimmy into our lives. I first met Jim at the golf course when he was riding around in the cart with Dennis about 4 years ago. We had just lost my mom's brother Mike, who was a special man like Jim. Jim's charm and love of life shone brightly in our first handshake, and took place 3 or 4 times a summer every year after that. Jim helped fill a void we were missing after our loss of Mike, and helped us to slow down just a bit and enjoy life, because Jim taught us to in his unique way. Uncle Mike, a great man is on his way to meet you. Would give anything to see that first meeting. Rest in peace Jimmy, rest in peace. Doug and Beth Borchers

DiAnne Karas

Jimmy's life and love touched many no doubt. The way he touched mine was unforgettable and makes me weep at the loss of both. Jimmy knew how to give unconditional love and every time I got to be with him was precious. I never walked away unchanged. Love, joy, peace, and goodness have been added to all who had the privilege to share in the grace of life with him. Thank God for the family and caregivers who cared enough to invest in this man's life. Thanks to all. The world is a better place because of James Thomas Poulakos. I will forward to seeing him again! Love to his family and those who loved him, each and all.

Jennie Sanford

I work in the transportation department for SCBODD. Jim didn't ride on my van but I would see him at S and H. In the warmer months I would see him outside right before time to go home and he would always tell me how pretty I was. Sometimes I would be fortunate enough to enjoy a quick dance with him. One of the passengers on my van asked me yesterday, "Do you think Jim is dancing with the angels?" With a huge smile on my face I responded, "Yes, I certainly do!" May your family find peace and joy in your memories of him.

Bill and Lisa Mckenzie

Lisa and I used to work for S&H transportation, you have our deepest sympathies. Jim was a Very kind and Happy guy. He will be missed.

Tom and Sue Kikis and Family

Having our cousin Jimmy part of our lives has been truly a blessing from the Lord which we will always be thankful. Jimmy’s mission on earth is now complete and may his memory be eternal.

Patti Cremeans

Donnajean and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I met Jimmy from my work, I can say that he was one of the best clients I ever had. When I would get my schedule and Jimmy was on it made me happy. I can see him with his wand conducting with Lawrence Welk . I am glad my life was touched by Jimmy. Prayers for all.

Cary Young

I am sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I worked at Dr. Rossio's office for many years and I always looked forward to seeing Jim. He was one of our favorite patients and he always made me smile. He was always so happy and such a sweet soul! I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to your family at this difficult time.

Jim and Kiku Kikis and family

Jimmy P. was a very special person and a very special cousin to me. I will always remember him by his handshake and big smile. Now everyone in Heaven will be able to enjoy his handshake and big smile as much as we did here on Eartth. He will be missed, but his memory will always live on in our hearts. May he rest in peace. Jimmy K.

Norm and Jean Smith

Donna, Dennis and Family, We just finished reading the obituary for Jim. It was truly a tribute to him and his loving family. We should all strive to accomplish in our lives what Jim did: unconditional love of others, manners, a beautiful smile, chivalry. We were all better for having known him. Please accept our deepest sympathy and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

Sibling Leadership Network

On behalf of the Sibling Leadership Network, I extend our deep sympathy to the entire family at the passing of Jimmy. Our network has had the priveledge of getting to know a bit about Jimmy through Essie and her amazing advocacy. A beautiful photo of Essie and Jimmy is on our SLN banner and we will remember Jimmy as an awesome and influential sibling. Our hearts go out to you at the loss of your brother. May the love of those around you help you through each day. Sincerely, Katie Arnold Sibling Leadership Network

Nora Handler

To Essie and all of Jimmy's family: As one of eight siblings and a member of the Sibling Leadership Network I am so touched and sorry to hear about your loss. I never got to meet Jimmy but I feel like I did just based on the beautiful pictures of him that just warm my heart. Peace and good memories to you. Nora Handler