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Greek-American Business Owner George Karafilidis Dies at 77

LOWELL, MA – George Karafilidis, 75, a well-known local business owner and longtime Lowell resident, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, May 2, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Roula (Manelas) Karafilidis with whom he enjoyed 51 years of marriage.

He was born in Akrini, Greece on May 24, 1945 and was the son of the late Alexandros and Soultana (Papakostas) Karafilidis.

George and his wife Roula worked tirelessly side by side at their family business, George the Tailor, on Broadway Street in Lowell, for over 40 years.

George loved nothing more than spending time with his family, especially Sunday dinners after church, fishing, and making kites with his grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling and spending time at the beach with his loving family. He loved life and speaking about Greek history and was extremely compassionate, which are traits that he passed down to his sons and grandchildren.

In addition to his loving wife, George is survived by his sons and extended family: Alex Karafilidis and his wife Stella of North Reading along with their children Maria and Sofia; John Karafilidis and his wife Dora of Andover, along with their children Arianna and George; and Jimmy Karafilidis and his wife Christina of Chelmsford, along with their children Lila and Nina.

He is also survived by his sister-in-law Voula Shanks and her husband Glenn, his sister-in-law Lea Foster and her husband Paul, and his brother-in-law Taki Manelas and his sister-in-law Poppy Manelas. He will also be missed by his niece Maria Keratsopoulos and family, as well as many nieces and nephews both here and in Greece. He is pre-deceased by all his siblings.

His Funeral Service was held on Friday, May 7 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George's name to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 62 Lewis Street, Lowell, MA 01854.

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