Demetrius (Jim) George Rally
A resident of Daly City for 55 years, Jim passed peacefully on April 13, 2015 at the age of 85, surrounded by his loving family. Born March 10, 1930 in Kansas City, MO, to Greek immigrants, George and Anna Rally, Jim is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Helen, his 3 children George (Melinda), Dean (Tami), and Nick (Patty), his 8 grandchildren, Tess and James, Jimmy, Lauren and Chris, Eleni, Dimitri, and Katerina, his brother and best friend John and his wife Mary.
The family moved to Greece when Jim was one, returning to the United States in 1945, settling in San Francisco. Jim attended Mission High School and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics along with his teaching credential at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught Mathematics at Oakland High School for 33 years, retiring as the Department Head. After retiring from teaching, Jim worked for over 20 years at the American Etc Royal Laundry with his brother, John.
Jim was an avid soccer fan, and together with his brother founded the Greek American Athletic Club in 1949, one of the most successful and prolific soccer teams in the United States, winning numerous local, State and National championships. Jim also served as the Treasurer of the San Francisco Soccer Football League, and was inducted into the California Soccer Association Ð North, Hall of Fame on August 22, 1976. We are eternally grateful for the love and support of the Greek community and his friends, with whom he maintained relationships for over 60 years. Jim was truly blessed with so much love and friendship. He was a wonderful and devoted Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Godfather, Educator and friend. Rest in Peace, PapouMan. May you soar to new heights in the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Friends may visit on Thursday, April 16th from 3PM to 7PM at Duggan's Serra Mortuary, 500 Westlake Avenue, Daly City, where a Trisagion Service will be held at 7:00PM. The funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, April 17th, at the Annunciation Cathedral, 245 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94103. Interment will be at the Greek Orthodox Memorial Park, 1148 El Camino Real, Colma. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Annunciation Cathedral Building Fund, at the address above.