LOWELL, MA – Nicholas Kefaleas, 89, passed away on Tuesday, July 13 with his loving family by his side.
Nick was born on February 29, 1932 in Lowell, Massachusetts a son of the late George and Sophie (Stratakakos) Kefaleas. Nick was married to the love of his life, Joyce (Dagoumas) Kefaleas for forty years losing her on June 22, 1999.
A lifelong resident of Lowell, Nick was a graduate of Lowell High School. He went on to receive his Barber Certificate in Boston, graduating in 1957. He opened Nick's Barber Shop in Lowell and operated the shop for fifty-six years.
Nick was very proud of his service to his country, serving in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict from 1951 – 1955. He served overseas for thirteen months on the U.S.S. Shenandoah A.D. 26. He enjoyed getting together over the years with his shipmates during the reunions and had collected memorabilia over the years.
He was a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell, a member of the VFW Post 662, the Greek American Veterans, and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Nick was an avid tennis player who had a once in a lifetime experience of playing in a match against Bobby Riggs. He was a big fan of the Red Sox and Patriots. He was also a huge Frank Sinatra fan – and he loved to travel to Las Vegas.
He leaves behind his son George Kefaleas and his wife Sandi of Lowell, with whom he resided, his daughter, Sophia Kefaleas and her husband Richard Pickard of Lowell, three grandchildren who lit up his life, Katie Arcand, and her husband Brian of Dracut, Nicholas Spanos and his wife Rachael of Pelham, Scott Kefaleas of Dracut; and two great grandsons who he adored, Cameron Arcand and Jonathan Spanos; his cousin, Ann Roumas; his shipmate, Archie Correira and his wife Barbara, his dear friends, Bill Zounes, Harold Moschovites, and the gang at the Pizza Club. He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, and Godchildren.
Nick was pre-deceased by his brother, George Kefaleas and his sisters, Anastasia Gemmellaro and Sara Koumpouras.
Relatives and friends received at the M.R. Laurin & Son Funeral Home and his funeral took place on July 17th at the Funeral Home, followed by his funeral service at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell. Interment followed in Westlawn Cemetery, Lowell with full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Lowell Boys and Girls Club, 657 Middlesex Street Lowell, Ma. 01851 and or to the Hellenic American Cultural Center 41 Broadway St. Lowell, MA. 01854.