LOWELL, MA USA -- George X. Chouprakos, 90, a member of a well known Greater Lowell family, died Wednesday morning, at his home in Dracut surrounded by his loving family.
Formerly of the Belvidere section of Lowell and Port Richey, FL, he was the beloved husband of the late Pauline (Vergados) Chouprakos who died in 2003.
Born on November 24, 1920, in Panista, Laconia, Greece, the son of the late Xenophone and the late Stavroula (Kolokithakos) Chouprakos, he graduated from Gythian High School and attended Athens University in Greece and later graduated from Boston College in 1956.
A highly decorated veteran of the Greek Navy during World War II, he served in the Royal Hellenic Navy for over 12 years aboard the HMS Andrias, a Greek naval Destroyer which played a major role in the liberation of Greece. His ship and crew was honored by the Greek government by leading the victorious Greek Navy back to Greece.
George was awarded the prestigious War Cross by his country for meritorious service and the African Star medal by the British government for his combat service during the North African campaign that invaded Casablanca.
A well known entrepreneur and real estate property owner, he was the owner and Operator of Scott Hardware and Plumbing Supply Company, Inc. for many years, and also Fruean's Market of Lowell.
George's passion in life was his family and his faith.
A leader in the Orthodox community, he served as a past Supreme President of the Pan Laconian Federation of the United States and Canada, a past President of his parish, the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church of Lowell and a past President of the Pan Laconian Leonides and Sparta Chapter of Lowell. He was also a member of the order of AHEPA, Hellas Chapter of Lowell.
In 2004, George was the recipient of the 2004 Ministry Award, bestowed on him by his Eminence Metropolitan Methodios. This award is in recognition of a person for the unselfish gift of their time and talents to their Church.
A 32nd Degree Mason, he was a member of the Kilwinning Masonic Lodge of Lowell and the Allepo Temple of Boston.
He is survived by five daughters, Sandra and her husband, Brian Koller of Dracut, Mary and her husband, Nicholas Papageorgiou of Dracut, Joanne Chouprakos of Littleton, Sophia Crawford and her fiancé, Edward McCabe of Lowell, and Lisa and her husband, Steve Coupe of Lowell; his cherished grandchildren, Robert Crawford and his wife, Jennifer of Mansfield, Jason Crawford and his companion, Kristine Silva of Lowell, Katina Papageorgiou and her fiancé, Joel Perry of Lowell, George Papageorgiou and his fiancée, Joelynn Coupal of Dracut, Pamela Crawford and her companion, Randy Sylvester of Lowell, and Brian Koller of Dracut; beloved great-grandfather of Marina Perry, Colby and Dylan Crawford; a sister Maria Mousoulis of Athens Greece; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and godchildren.
He was the brother of the late Kyriakos Tsouprakos and the late Elizabeth Mavrias; brother-in-law of the late Judge Nicholas J. Vergados, the late Vasilios Vergados and the late Helen Spanos. He was also the father-in-law of the late Robert Crawford.
Mr. Chouprakos and his family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the comfort and care given to him by the dedicated staffs at Radius Northwood Nursing Home in Lowell and the Solamor Hospice in Middleton.
CHOUPRAKOS -- In Dracut, March 2, 2011, at his home, George X. Chouprakos, of Dracut, formerly of Lowell and Port Richey, FL, beloved husband of the late Pauline (Vergados) Chouprakos. Friends may call at the O'DONNEL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 6 P.M. Sunday. His Funeral will take place from the funeral home Monday morning at 10 o'clock followed by his Funeral Service at the TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR SAVIOUR GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH at 11 o'clock. Burial in the Westlawn Cemetery in Lowell. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church Mortgage Elimination Fund, 25 Fr. John Sarantos Way. Lowell, MA 01852. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfineralhome.com. Arrangements by Funeral Directors John W. Crane and James F. O'Donnell Jr. (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Published in Lowell Sun on March 5, 2011