Ernest P. Rangazas

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Ernest P. Rangazas, 82, St. Augustine, Fla., died Jan. 28, 2006, at Flagler Hospital.

He was born in Brockton, Mass. He graduated from Nashua High School, the University of New Hampshire, and received his Ph.D. from Indiana University. After coaching baseball, basketball and football at Anderson College, he moved to Plattsburgh State University, N.Y., where he served as baseball coach, director of athletics, and chairman of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.

He was a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and played a central role in bringing several international sporting events to Plattsburgh, including the World University Winter Games in 1972, the assembly point and training program for the U.S. Olympic team before the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, and the Olympic Academy in 1985. He was also one of the founding fathers of the Empire State Games, modeled after the Olympic Games, for the state of New York.

He retired in 1985 and became a full-time resident of St. Augustine. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Adkins of Mechanicsville, Va.; his son, Peter Rangazas of Morgantown; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Nerina C. Rangazas.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church, 500 W. Hollis St., Nashua, N.H. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Nashua, N.H.

Visitation will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Zis-Sweeney Funeral Home, 26 Kinsley St., Nashua, N.H.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, or the St. Philip Church Endowment.

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