December 11, 1952 - December 20, 2020
James Constantine Matzorkis, 68, died Dec. 20, 2020, at his home in Oakland, CA from complications due to COVID-19. Jim was born Dec. 11, 1952, in Chicago, IL. to the late Gus and Frances (Andos) Matzorkis. They moved to California during his childhood. He spent his adult life in California alongside his wife (and high school sweetheart), Beverly. His deep love of family led him to take on the role of patriarch after Gus' death. He will be remembered as the one who kept in touch, planned reunions, and as an all-around family man. He also loved his ancestral homeland, Greece, and took his family on many trips to Crete, Greece to stay connected with his relatives there. He was a tequila aficionado and loved to travel in Mexico. He also had a love for music and worked for concert promoter, Bill Graham Productions in his early career during which time he forged many enduring lifelong friendships. More recently in his career, Jim traveled frequently to China. Jim worked for 18 years as the Executive Director of the Port of Richmond, CA and was due to retire at the end of this year. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Beverly; daughters Melanie and Ileana; sisters JoAnn (Allen) and Stacie (David); brother Nick (Susie); and brother-in-law Bob; as well as many nieces and nephews. Because of his love of family, he wanted to be buried in Cleveland near his parents and other relatives. There will be a private graveside service at St. Theodosius Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may be sent to the Cretan Club of Cleveland (3853 W 168th St, Cleveland, OH 44111) and condolences may be sent to Beverly Christenson at 2085 Drake Dr., Oakland, CA 94611.
James Constantine Matzorkis, 68, died Dec. 20, 2020, at his home in Oakland, CA from complications due to COVID-19. Jim was born Dec. 11, 1952, in Chicago, IL. to the late Gus and Frances (Andos) Matzorkis. They moved to California during his... View Obituary & Service Information
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