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In Memoriam of Anastasios "Arthur" K. Kalogianis, by JoAnn Nora Kalogianis Spaneas

NAHANT: Mr. Anastasios Konstantinos Kalogianis, a resident of Nahant, passed away at his home on Saturday, November 14, 2015, with his devoted daughter, JoAnn, and her husband by his side. He was 77 years old.

Born on Alonnisos, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, on April 24, 1938, he was the beloved son of the late Konstantinos and Cinioro (Panagiotou) Kalogianis.

Anastasios served in the Greek Navy and immigrated to the United States in 1964. He was a 40-year Master Mason and Life Member, raised to the Sublime Degree at the William North Lodge; he achieved the 33rd degree in the Scottish Rite; and he was also a Life Member and proud supporter of the Shriners.

Mr. Kalogianis lost his beloved mother, while at her side, to breast cancer when he was at the age of 8; thereafter he was raised by his father in the mountain region of the island where he was born. The island of Alonnisos was then at a population of approximately 2,500. He lived with an aunt during school months for closer proximity to school. He walked, literally barefooted, to the one room school house which he attended through grade 6. He then went to work beside his father raising farm animals and tending to olive trees into his teen years. Upon coming of age he joined the Greek Navy and subsequently traveled the world while serving on international cargo ships for several years.

Determined to create a better life for the family he hoped to have someday, Mr. Kalogianis began working from the moment he first arrived in the United States, in Detroit. He later moved to Lynn, Mass., where he began a painting business with one of his brothers. While continuing to learn the English language and building his reputation as a fine and most labor efficient painter, his business grew quickly. He became known for quality painting the exteriors of houses, factories, and even church steeples with his two hands at the same time. In 1965, he married Mary Ann Goulakos, and bought his first manse, a lovely Victorian for his young family. He most often worked into the night, most enthusiastically to renovate the new family home. He learned electrical work and construction over many nights. Working very hard to fulfill each and every business opportunity that came his way, his painting business evolved into his construction business, becoming one of the most notable Merrimack Valley builders in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Mr. Kalogianis achieved becoming a very successful builder and developer and was the proprietor of the well known company Olympic Construction Inc., a company that developed tracts of land, built roadways and homes. Many Greek named streets including Olympic Villages in Andover, North Andover and Methuen, were built by Mr. Kalogianis; with construction also in New Hampshire, and Florida, miles of roadways and over 1,000 homes and condominium units and were built during his remarkable career. He was pleased to have also built an office building for the Internal Revenue Service. He was an ever affable man who prided himself on the honor of his word. He quickly became deservedly trusted by Andover financial institutions and businessmen, and his building business grew exponentially. While having a belief in working hard, Mr. Kalogianis also believed in showing his appreciation to friends and the community. He hosted holiday soirees at the Andover Country Club and also donated land to AVIS. He was a tireless businessman for many years and in his limited spare time, Mr. Kalogianis enjoyed his cigars, long distance ocean swimming, scuba diving, and traveling.

Above and beyond all, he was a devoted father and grandfather. No words can describe the endurance of Mr. Kalogianis, who cast aside for decades his mental and bodily rest to achieve supporting and caring for his wife Mary and three daughters. His dream of creating a beautiful life for his own family came true by the sweat of his brow, his extreme intellect, business savvy, and his indefatigable determination to succeed. He will also be remembered for his constancy in engaging in conversation with others, making the other person feel important, and for bestowing his wisdom and sage advice. His zest for life will be unforgettable, as will be his warm smile, twinkling eyes, and his extreme depth of voice. He was a most lovable grandfather, in his older years becoming more and more able to relax and enjoy child-time; time he missed as a busy working father. Three of his grandchildren resided in a home beside his in Nahant, and these last years were the most golden to Anastasios. He finally retired, and he came into enjoying memorable times with his family around him. Blessed was his family to have spent times at his side, learning, loving, laughing and sometimes crying. Mr. Kalogianis bravely battled Stage 4 Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2012. A successful year of chemotherapy waged war and beat the cancer into remission. He had the extreme support of his beloved family circle through and through. The next cancer sadly would prove incurable. Anastasios was diagnosed with Stage 3 Liver Cancer in early 2014 and he valiantly battled three additional diagnoses of liver cancer with positivity of mind, body and spirit, surpassing all standards of norm for survival. His beloved family was prayerfully around him when his still vigorous life peacefully faded into eternal sleep. Anastasios embraced his final moments with stoicism.

Mr. Kalogianis is loving survived by his daughter, JoAnn Kalogianis Spaneas and her husband, Demetrius Spaneas, and grandchildren, Theo, Anastasia and Dean Nikolopoulos, all of Nahant; and daughters, Donna and her husband, Brian Gerace of Attleboro, and Tammy and her husband, George Tasiopoulos of Andover and grandchildren, Despina and Marianna Tasiopoulos; and many nieces and nephews in the United States, Canada and Greece. He was the former husband of the late Mary Ann (Goulakos) Kalogianis and the devoted brother of the late Apostolos, John and Nick Kalogianis.

His Funeral Mass was celebrated in the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 62 Lewis Street, Lowell, on Friday, November 20, 2015, at 1 p.m. Calling hours were held in the Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home, 390 North Main Street, Andover, on Wednesday and Thursday, November 18 and 19, 2015, from 4 to 8 p.m. Orthodox Blessings took place within the Chapel at West Parish Cemetery and procession was made to his entombment at the West Parish Garden Cemetery in Andover. Family and friends gathered to pay final respects to Mr. Kalogianis; a note of farewell was read by daughter, JoAnn, followed by her playing the harp for her beloved father at his final resting place. A 40-Day Memorial Service will be held Sunday, December 20, 2015, at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 62 Lewis Street, Lowell, at 10 a.m.

With a desire to help students obtain higher education, Mr. Kalogianis proudly established over 24 years ago the Mr. and Mrs. Anastasios Kalogianis Gold K Scholarship at Merrimack College. This scholarship is awarded annually and provides funding each semester to an upperclass student majoring in electrical or civil engineering. In memoriam, donations may be made to the Mr. and Mrs. Anastasios Kalogianis Gold K Scholarship, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover, MA 01845. For additional information, please visit www.burkemagliozzi.com.
Published on  December 3, 2015
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