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Sons of Pericles Reunite after 45 Years

FLUSHING, NY – The Sons of Pericles Golden Nuggets Chapter 274 from Flushing, NY held their annual reunion dinner on June 29. The chapter was chartered in 1976 and in recent years several brothers who remained in touch began locating long lost brothers, some of whom had moved out of state, to rekindle their brotherhood and reminisce about their exploits from decades ago. This reunion dinner was different in that Brother Gus Constantine, who organized the event, along with Andrew (“Drew”) Keen decided to expand the dinner to include, brothers from Sons Altis Chapter 90 of Jamaica, NY. The Jamaica Sons and the Flushing Sons were fierce competitors in the late 1970s in everything from softball to hard-fought football games.

The Sons of Pericles Golden Nuggets Chapter 274 original football team from 1976. Photo: Courtesy of SOP

Many of the brothers attending the dinner had not seen each other in more than 40 years. Despite that, the brothers from both chapters, many of whom are now pappoudes, didn’t miss a beat and spent a wonderful evening sharing stories about the past and making plans to remain in touch and to reach out to more brothers for the next dinner. After an opening prayer by brother and Deacon Ted Werthmuller given remotely from Florida there was a moment of silence for fallen brothers, especially for recently deceased Flushing brother Chuck Demas and Jamaica brother George Papazicos. Some of the Flushing brothers wore reproductions (a few sizes larger) of their softball jerseys that were generously donated by Brother George Varsam. At this time, the Flushing brothers are planning a larger reunion including other local chapters and former athletic field rivals for the late fall.

The Sons of Pericles Golden Nuggets Chapter 274 original softball team from 1976. Photo: Courtesy of SOP
The Sons of Pericles Golden Nuggets Chapter 274 original charter from 1976. Photo: Courtesy of SOP

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