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Charles Arthur Filias

Charles Arthur Filias, 89, of Pine Street, Manchester, joined his beloved wife, Anne Takis Filias, for eternity on May 30, 2015.

Born at 50 Beach Street, on May 6, 1926, the fifth child of Athanasios and Efthalia (Alexopoulos) Filias, he was a lifelong resident of Manchester. Charlie graduated with his ten classmates from the original Story High School on Bennett Street in June of 1944. He served in the Massachusetts State Guard for a year and half.

Always a hard and dedicated worker, he started his working career in the third grade helping his older brother, Bill, deliver newspapers twice a day, for his father, owner and operator of Filias Variety. The store was a combination shoe shine parlor and newsstand in a section of what is now Cargo Unlimited.

At age 10 he was given his own route when his older brother, Gregory, left for college.  Paper delivery continued through high school, supplemented by summer jobs with other local businesses – Magnuson’s Greenhouses, First National Store, Singing Beach bathhouse and Standley’s Garage. 

Drafted in December, 1944, Charles served his country as an Army Engineer for Field Artillery Forward Observer.  On his way to Ft. Dix, NJ, for deployment to the European Campaign, the troop train was diverted to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma; unbeknownst to the troops, the war had ended in Europe. After three months training at Ft. Sill in advanced weaponry, 105 rocket launcher, he joined to 95th division for the invasion of Japan. Due to a fortuitous change in Army operations designed to reduce the number of troops, Charles’ MOS (military operating specialty) was changed from Forward Observer to Battery Clerk. In his own words, he went from “inside enemy territory, to way behind”.  As luck would have, he received a field promotion to Corporal and spent the remaining 9 months of his service at Fort Dix Separation Center, honorably discharged on July 26, 1946.

Upon return, Charles embarked upon his remarkable career in Sales.  He first started selling for Curtis Candy Company (Baby Ruth and Butterfingers) ending as President of The DoAll Boston Company, maker and distributor of fine machine tools.  After “retirement”, he sold stock metal for Admiral Metals Company of Woburn, always being one of their top producers, finally retiring at the age of 72.

On June 27, 1948, he married his one and only true love, Anne Takis. They went on to raise three children at the family home at 62 Pine Street.  Anne and Charles loved to travel and over the years they made many trips abroad visiting Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, England, Scotland and Ireland.

Very civic minded, he was Commander of Amaral Bailey Post 113, American Legion in 1960. He also served two year terms on the Board of Selectman from 1993-96 and 1998-2000 and on the ConCom for nine years. 

A faithful member of the Assumption of The Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, he served on the Church Board for twenty-seven years, four as treasurer and four as President of the Council. He was an integral part of the purchase and development of the Hellenic Community Center in Ipswich.

 His passion was singing. He was a member of the Church Choir for thirty-seven years. He also sang for many years for Chorus North Shore, Sacred Heart Church in Manchester and the Federation of Greek Orthodox Choirs.

He was a giving and gregarious man and he will be missed by many.

He is survived by his three children and their spouses, Kathryn Filias- Burroughs and her husband William “Chip” of Manchester,  Arthur C. Filias and his wife Dawn of Manchester,   John C. Filias  and his wife Paula of Essex; five  grandchildren, William and Kayla Burroughs, Christopher Filias, Alexandra Filias and Lindsay Milne;   his brothers Gregory A. Filias of ME, Alex Filias of Salem; his“adopted” children,  Anne Hemmer and John Arambages; his best buddy and nephew, Michael Carakatsane; several cousins and many nieces and nephews.  He was the brother of the late Mary Carakatsane formerly of Saugus and Nicholas and William Filias both formerly of Manchester..

His funeral will be held Friday 9 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by a 10 am service in the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are cordially welcomed. Interment with Military Honors will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Pine St., Manchester. There are no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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