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Charles Lambros

Charles Lambros, 93, formerly of 14 Upper River Road, Ipswich, passed away at his son’s home in Bradford, on March 26, 2021, from his lengthy illness.  He was the fifty-three year loving husband of the late Beatrice (Manos) Lambros.

Charles was born in Ipswich on August 24, 1927 to legendary fruit and vegetable peddler Stavros and his wife Constandina (Maniates) Lampropoulos.  Charles was the eleventh of “forty-leven” (13) children. His parents joked that they had run out of middle names by the time he was born. He loved to tell stories about how he patched his shoes with newspapers and how the siblings used to fight over the last piece of coal. Charles was a lifelong resident of Ipswich graduating from Ipswich High School in the Class of 1945. At the conclusion of World War II, Charles enlisted and was assigned as an envoy in Washington DC for the US Army, serving the Atomic Bomb Commission which continued the research on the Manhattan Project. He served two years in this capacity before returning home to the family business, Tom’s Ipswich Clam Co., Inc.

After many years working with his family, Charles opened an international seafood trading company in Gloucester, Lambros International Trading Co, Inc. His business often required him to travel overseas, visiting Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, India, Germany, France, Canada, and Great Britain and others. After several years at this endeavor, Charles was able to purchase the family business which he renamed Ipswich Clam and Seafood Co., Inc and added a retail fish market, The Blue Dolphin. In 1986, he sold the business to a competitor and he joined the Internal Revenue Service in Andover where he worked until retirement in 2007.

Charles loved the beach but couldn’t swim. He loved to eat but was a lousy cook. He never ate at a restaurant that he wouldn’t eventually describe as “lousy”. But most of all Charles Lambros will be remembered as a great father and grandfather and one who gave his heart and soul to the people around him who were fortunate enough to know him. He loved his family deeply and was generous with kisses on the check, warm hugs and kind words.

 He is survived by his sister Eleanor, his son Michael of Bradford and grandsons Matthew, Chris, Adrian, and Alex as well as his three precious great-granddaughters Eliza, Evelyn and Eleanor.   In addition to his late wife Beatrice Charles was predeceased by his siblings Jenny, Tasia, Thomas, Peter, James, George, William, Irene, Helen, John, and Paul.

A celebration of his life will occur on his 94th birthday on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. Details will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to Ipswich Council on Aging, 25 Green St., Ipswich, MA 01938, a vital organization for the elderly who helped Charles in many ways in his golden years. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

 

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