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Obituary: George Arthur Koufogazos, 86

Jun 08, 2017 03:40PM ● By Theresa Gilman

George Arthur Koufogazos

DRACUT – George Arthur Koufogazos passed away peacefully on May 30, 2017 at his home in Dracut. He was 86 years old. George was the beloved husband of Irene Marie Terenzio, with whom he was married for 56 years. 

George was born in Lowell on July 17, 1930, to the late Athanasios and Agoritsa (Pappas) Koufogazos, who had both emigrated from Greece. After graduating from Lowell High School in 1948, George enlisted and served in the U.S. Air Force, where he received an Honorable Discharge. George worked at Demoulas/Market Basket for 30 years as an Executive Produce Supervisor.

George was actively involved in his church and community. He was a dedicated member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell, having served on the Board and on various other committees, including the Fundraising Committee for the new addition to the existing church. George was a lifelong member of the Greater Lowell YMCA. He served on its Board of Directors for over 12 years in various committees and as Vice President. George was also a lifelong member of the YMCA Alumni Association, serving as President for three years, and devoting his efforts to raising monies in support of the YMCA Youth Programs. George was also a past member of the Dracut AHEPA, a charitable organization.

George loved sports throughout his life; he avidly followed all the Boston sports teams. George had a keen interest in keeping up with and discussing world events; he read multiple newspapers every day. He also loved reading books, particularly biographies and political science. But most of all, George loved his family, who brought him the greatest joy in his life.

Everyone who knew George will remember his generosity, wisdom, devotion, honesty, humility, and sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.

Besides his wife Irene, George is survived by two daughters, Catherine M. Koufogazos of Dracut, and Diane Casavant and her husband Dennis of Pelham, N.H.; by three grandchildren, Jaclyn Casavant of Pelham, and Andrew Metilinos and Kyra Metilinos, both of Dracut; a son-in-law, Nicholas Metilinos, from Dracut; two sisters, Paris Raikos of Dracut, and Vivian Gianoukas of Somverville; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends. 

He was pre-deceased by his daughter, the late Sandra J. Metilinos, and his sister, the late Helen Mellonakos.

George and his family express their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to everyone affiliated with Circle Home Hospice Care for providing extraordinary support and care to George over the past few months.

As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in George’s honor to the Transfiguration Church, 25 Father John Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 01854 or to the Lowell YMCA 35 YMCA Dr., Lowell, MA 01852. Arrangements were entrusted to the Dracut Funeral Home.
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