George D. Gatzimos
CM Sgt. USAF (Ret.) and
Former Civil Defense Director, City of Lowell
LOWELL -- George D. Gatzimos, 90, of Lowell, died on Wednesday, March 26th .
Born in Lowell on February 6, 1924, he was the proud son of Greek immigrants, the late Dimitrios and Maria (Garetsou) Gatzimos. He was educated in the local schools.
Mr. Gatzimos served in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years, during WWII, Korea, Vietnam era, achieving rank of Chief Master Sergeant. Following the end of WWII, George served under the command of United States General Van Fleet who was instrumental in the outcome of the Greek Civil War (the military mission was to provide advice to the Greek government and 250 military advisers, as well as administer $400 million in military aid in order to aid Greece in their independence.
Upon his retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Gatzimos served as Civil Defense Director for the City of Lowell until his retirement.
Mr. Gatzimos was a Master Mason of the Pentucket Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Lowell, a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Greek American Legion, a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, a member of the Pan-Macedonian Association and a member of the Lowell Lodge of Elks. He also served on the Lowell Veterans Council and various boards and committees.
Mr. Gatzimos is survived by his wife, Catherine Gatzimos, as well his extended family and many dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen (Caracoutas) Gatzimos, his daughter, Maria (Gatzimos) Watson, and his son, Dimitrios Gatzimos, his brothers, Aristophenes Gatzimos, Dr. Christos D. Gatzimos, Dimitrios Gatzimos, and sister, Crysanthia Gatzimos.
GATZIMOS -- Relatives and friends will be received at the M.R. LAURIN FUNERAL HOME, 295 Pawtucket St., Lowell on Sunday, March 30th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. His funeral will take place on Monday at 9 am at the Funeral Home to be followed by a service at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell at 10:00 am. Interment will follow in Westlawn Cemetery. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Holy Trinity Restoration Fund, Lewis St., Lowell, MA 01854. Funeral arrangements under the direction of directors, Louis M. Fazio III, M. Richard Laurin, and Scott Laurin. For condolences or directions, please go to www.laurinfuneralhome.com
M.R. Laurin & Son Funeral Home
295 Pawtucket Street Lowell, MA 01854
Published in Lowell Sun on Mar. 29, 2014