Charles Spero Coulacos, age 80, of North Quincy and Springfield, passed away Oct. 17, 2013. Spero was born in Northbridge, son of the late Anthony and Toula (Demas) Coulacos, spent the latter part of his childhood in North Quincy, graduating from North Quincy High School in 1952. He received a bachelor's degree from Springfield College and continued his education at Boston University. Early in his career, he worked as a physical director at The Boy's Club. Spero served in the U.S. Army, where he was trained as a newsreel and documentary photographer, covering the dedication of World War II American Cemeteries in England, Italy and Normandy, France. He was the recipient of a non-denominational award from the Jewish War Veterans of America for "Americanism and Patriotism". Returning to the states, he opened a few photography studios in greater Boston and Springfield and received many prestigious photography awards. He was most proud of the photograph he took of baseball legend, Jackie Robinson who called it the greatest photo taken of him out of uniform. Copies of it are housed in the Smithsonian, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Springfield College. The latter part of his career he managed the print shop for Waldbaum's Foodmart in Holyoke. After surviving several heart attacks, Spero spent many years passionately researching heart disease and fulfilled a life dream by completing a manuscript "Softening of the Arteries" to help other heart patients. Mr. Coulacos is predeceased by brothers, William Coulacos of Toledo, Ohio, and Louis Coulacos of North Quincy. He is survived by his sisters, Ann and Betsie Coulacos of North Quincy; two daughters, Melissa (Coulacos) Tolmie of Niantic, Conn., Vanessa (Coulacos) Holm of Pepperell and her husband Tony Holm; and 5 grandchildren who were the joy of his life, Matt and Allie Holm, and Emily, Christopher and Connor Tolmie. He also leaves nieces, Cate (Coulacos) Prato, and her daughters, Olivia and Meredith; former wife, Diane (Sherman) Villagomez; and longtime best friend, Harvey Gloth of Longmeadow. A private family service was held at Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston. The family wishes to thank Deware Funeral Home of Quincy and V. Rev. Dr. Cleopas Strongylis of Annunciation Cathedral of Boston.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Oct. 26, 2013