James L. Pentoliros, 97, World War II Veteran, Owned Hope’s Diner

James_PentolirosJames L. Pentoliros, 97, of Haverhill, husband of the late Hope (Samardelis) Pentoliros passed away Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the Soldiers Home in Chelsea.

Born in Haverhill, he was the son of the late Lambros and Despina (Mamatis) Pentoliros. He attended Haverhill Public Schools and was a graduate of Haverhill High School, class of 1936. He honorably served his country in the United States Army during World War II from 1941 until 1945. In 1954, he opened Pent’s Diner in North Reading and, in 1960, he opened Hope’s Diner in Plaistow, N.H., where he worked until his retirement in 1980. After his retirement he taught culinary arts at Whittier Regional Technical High School.

Surviving him are his sons, Larry Pentoliros, Perry Pentoliros and George Pentoliros; a grandson, Tyler Pentoliros; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Mary Geogeorgaty and his brother Charles Pentoliros.

Funeral services and burial are private. Arrangements are by the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main Street, Haverhill.