Chris F. Bicoules
Devoted husband and father
FITCHBURG -- Chris F. Bicoules, 92, died on June 11, 2014, after a short illness.
Born January 30, 1922 in Fitchburg, MA, he was the son of Fred and Paraskevi (Bokis) Bicoules.
He has been a life-long resident of Fitchburg, graduating from Fitchburg High School in 1939. Chris remained active as a Chairman and member of his Reunion Committees for several decades. He was a founding member of the Fitchburg Hall of Fame Committee, and he was later chosen as an honorary inductee. Chris completed the ROTC program at the University of Vermont College of Arts and Sciences in the Class of 1944, was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, and he attended the University of Maryland Graduate School. He served his country in WWII in the U.S. Army.
Chris worked at the Boulder Café, a family business founded by his father in 1934, from 1946 until he retired. He served for 20 years as the Executive Secretary of the Fitchburg Restaurant & Retail Dealers' Beverage Association.
Chris was very active in civic affairs, serving 23 years as a Parks and Recreation Commission Commissioner and as its Chairman for a term. He took great pride in the construction and upgrades made during his tenure to the City's playgrounds, parks, fields and pools, which would benefit generations to come. Chris was a member of the Board of Incorporators and a Trustee of the Worcester North Savings Institution, a member of the Aurora Lodge of Masons, the Fitchburg Civic Betterment Committee and he worked with the Wallace Library on cultural programming.
Chris was a long-time member of the Order of AHEPA on a local, district and national level, chairing two State conventions and serving on numerous committees, including the National Servicemen's Project Committee. He was an editorial columnist for years for the district publication "The Bay Stater," and served as its Editor-in-Chief for six years. Chris served as Chairman of the AHEPA's Massachusetts Scholarship Committee and worked to draft the rules and regulations for the program.
Chris was a lifetime member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, serving on its Board of Directors and as President. His dedication to his Church and heritage was rewarded when he was knighted with "The Medal of Saint Paul," receiving the Distinguished Service Award, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a layman of the Eastern Orthodox Church by the ranking Archbishop of North and South America.
Chris was an avid reader, who remained curious and interested in learning his entire life. He loved to travel near and far, and he derived great joy from visiting several European countries and Greece. He enjoyed politics and current events, all sporting events (particularly basketball, tennis and golf, making his last birdie at age 87), great food, and working on crossword puzzles.
But Chris' greatest passion in life was his family -- his wife, Maria of 60 years, who predeceased him in 2008, and his children. Their well-being was the driving force of his life. His generous advice and spirit will be missed.
Chris is survived by his son, Fred C. Bicoules; two daughters, Voula Bicoules, and Ellen and her husband, Steven Wilchinski; a sister Jennie Fanos; three nieces; a nephew; and several cousins.
BICOULES -- A funeral service will be held from Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg on Tuesday, June 17, in Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1319 Main St., Fitchburg. at 12:00 Noon. Calling hours are prior to the service on Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1319 Main St., Fitchburg, MA 01420, or to Tufts Medical Center Trust, Cardiac Arrhythmia Fund, 800 Washington St., Box 231, Boston, MA 02111.
Brandon Funeral Home
305 Wanoosnoc Road Fitchburg, MA 01420
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on June 14, 2014