Kostas "Charlie" Karathanasis, 77, of Athens, Greece, passed away Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, after a lengthy and difficult struggle with cancer, in Jamaica.
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Born in Athens, Greece to Anastasios and Maria (Patrikousi) Karathanasis, he spent the first 35 years of his life in Athens. He served in the Greek Army and after an honorable discharge, worked many years with his father, learning to become an accomplished stone mason. He immigrated to Concord in 1970 with his wife and two young children (a daughter AND a son). They welcomed their third child (a son) in 1972. He owned several businesses in Concord, including the Pizza Center/Brothers K. Market on Main Street, which he owned with his two brothers, Michael and Spiro and his brother-in-law, George. He also owned the Pizza Tavern on Loudon Road and Charles Pizza on Warren Street. He fulfilled his dream of retiring back to Greece in 2003, where he spent the remainder of his life. He enjoyed deep sea fishing off the coast of Cape Cod, watching hockey games and taking frequent trips to Greece for visits with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kalliope (Zervoudis); his two sons, Anesti and Sarandis Karathanasis of Loudon; his daughter, Maria Bryant, and her husband, Greg, of Bow; his grandson, Spiro Morogiannis of Tulsa and his granddaughter, Adriannah Bryant of San Diego. He also leaves behind his four siblings, sister Theopoula Tsaros of Concord, brother Michael Karathanasis of Concord, sister Kalliope Pagonis of Athens, Greece, and brother, Spiro Karathanasis of Concord; as well as many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. A private ceremony was held in Jamaica and a memorial will be held in Athens, Greece, on Sept. 15. He will be placed to rest in the family mausoleum alongside his father and mother.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Aug. 26, 2013