James El Harjandreou, 68, Continental Can employee

December 31, 1996|By Ernest F. Imhoff | Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF

James Elias Harjandreou, a production control scheduler at ++ Continental Can Co. for most of his 40 years there before he retired, died Christmas Day at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson of complications of bone cancer. The Rosedale resident was 68.

"Besides his job, he loved golf, eating crabs and travel, and sometimes combined all three on golf outings," said a niece, Ann August, with whom he lived.

Mr. Harjandreou remained active after receiving radiation treatment for prostate cancer six years ago.

"He said he wasn't a very good player, but despite his cancer and his shoulders hurting, he wouldn't give up his golf," Ms. August said. "One day this fall, Jim came home so happy. He broke 90. It was one of his last playing days."

Mr. Harjandreou's wife, Pauline, who died in 1985, also worked at Continental Can, which was bought by Crown Cork and Seal Co. in 1990 and now is one of the world's largest makers of aluminum, plastic and tin cans.

"Between them they worked there more than 60 years," Ms. August said.

Mr. Harjandreou was born in Aliquippa, Pa., the son of Elias D. and Klio Harjandreou, Greek immigrants from Turkish-occupied Asia Minor.

The family moved to the Baltimore area about 1945.

He graduated from Patterson High School in 1946 and worked for the next four years at the old Athens Bakery in East Baltimore.

He served in the Army from 1950 to 1952 and in the Army Reserve until 1956. He was a sergeant with the 4th Armored Cavalry Reconnaissance Battalion in Germany and was assigned battalion headquarters in Austria.

He received an associate degree in accounting in 1957 from Eastern College of Commerce and Law, now part of the University of Baltimore.

After joining Continental Can, he soon became a production scheduler and was known for his meticulous recordkeeping.

"I'm not sure he kept such good records on his golf game," said his niece, noting he shot between 90 and 110.

Mr. Harjandreou received numerous commendations from Continental Can.

He traveled often, largely in this country and Canada. This summer, he toured the Midwest with 40 others.

He was a member of the Sandblasters and the Oldtimers golf clubs; Mount Moriah Lodge 116, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, in Towson; the American Legion Post in Parkville; and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Rosedale.

He also was a member of Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Maryland Avenue and Preston Street in Baltimore, where funeral services were held Saturday.

He and Pauline LeCompte were married in November 1963. They usually recalled their honeymoon in Canada as a bittersweet experience, because President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while they traveled.

The couple had no children. Other survivors include his sister, Iris August of Rosedale; and another niece, Cleo Margetas of Timonium.

Pub Date: 12/31/96

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