George M. Tsandikos, 91, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, a well-known Lowell educator, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on July 12, 1930, son of the late Michael and the late Helen (Karakantas) Tsandikos and a product of Acre, George attended Lowell Schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School, class of 1949.
He has always been proud to have been one of the first employees of
the original Demoulas market on Dummer Street in Acre.
He continued his studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied music.
George proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army after World War II.
Upon returning to the United States, George attended Boston University
where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology.
Prior to his retirement, George was a long-time administrator of the
Department of Special Education for the Lowell Public School System.
In addition to his teaching career, George had a passion for music. An accomplished opera singer, he had the honor of performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the La Scala Opera in Italy and more particularly at the Herod Atticus Theater at the foot of the Acropolis in Greece. He was also a longtime gallop at Temple Emanuel in Merrimack Valley.
A lifelong Red Sox fan, he made a point of trying to watch every set of every game of a season.
He is survived by three nieces Angela Papandreou and her husband, John of Lowell, MA; Elaine Damianakis of Lowell; Frances Gordon and her husband, John of Warren, Rhode Island; his nephew Harry T. Anastopoulos, MD of Weston, MA; his four grandnieces and nephews; Maria Papandreou and her husband, Joseph Musel of Lowell, MA; Michael Damianakis, of Utah; Marina Anastopoulos from Boston; and Ted Anastopoulos of Boston.
George is predeceased by his sisters Bessie Haidutis and Kitsa Anastopoulos and his nephew John Haidutis.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit George on Wednesday morning, December 1, 2021, at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY in LOWELL from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by his church funeral at 11:00 a.m. . Interment will follow at Westlawn Cemetery. Electronic condolences / instructions to www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those who wish may make contributions in his memory to the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 62 Lewis St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by O’DONNELL Funeral Home – LOWELL – (978) 458-8768.
Posted by Lowell Sun on Nov 28, 2021.