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Arthur ‘Art’ James Clessuras Sr., 77, drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 1958

Arthur “Art” James Clessuras Sr., of Ocean Isle Beach, went to be with the Lord Nov. 10, 2015, at his residence following a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 77.

Born Oct. 19, 1938, in Havre de Grace, Maryland, his parents, the late James and Daphne Giannitsis Clessuras, were first-generation immigrants from Greece.

Art graduated from Aberdeen Maryland High School in 1956, went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and his master’s degree in education from Frostburg State College. As an outstanding athlete in high school and college, Art was drafted by the Detroit Tigers Organization in 1958 as a sophomore in college. He went on to play professional baseball and earned the Silver Glove Award in 1960. After an injury that ended his professional baseball career he went on to teach and coach in the Prince Georges County school system until his retirement in 1991.

Art and his family relocated from Waldorf, Maryland to Ocean Isle Beach in 1992 where he once again used his skills as a coach at West Brunswick High School and assisted in both baseball and football programs. He was fortunate enough to be on the staff when the Trojans won the State Championship in 1992 and 1993.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Irene Perchulyn Clessuras; two sons, Arthur James Clessuras Jr. and wife Jacqueline,of San Jose, California and Nicholas James Clessuras and wife Dawn, of Long Valley, New Jersey; brother, George James Clessuras and wife Themis, of Hudson, Ohio; sister, Zoe Moshovitis and husband James, of Washington D.C.; and four grandsons, Alexander, Nicholas, Tyler and Dylan Clessuras.

A celebration of life will be conducted by the Rev. Richard Vaughan at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at Camp United Methodist Church.

Donations can be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 24801 or the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Brunswick Funeral Service.

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