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Christos Pardekas

Christos “Coach” Pardekas, 94, of Agawam Village, Ipswich, husband of the late Rena M. (Dukeshire), died Friday, December 2, 2016 in the Masconomet Healthcare Center, Topsfield.

Born in Ipswich August 25, 1922, son of the late Danis and Anastasia (Zeroulias) Pardekas, he was raised in Ipswich, a 1941 graduate of Ipswich High School. “Coach”, with “Cracker Bowen” started the Ipswich Boy’s Club where he coached basket ball, football and baseball to over three hundred youths, most of whom  at the declaration of war went on to serve their country. He worked as a cook at the Agawam Diner and in the shellfish business with Haritas & Amerio, later to be employed at Soffron Shellfish. During WWII he worked at Sylvania, and at the end of the war went to work for the next twenty years with his brother at the former Pete’s Auto Clinic on High Street. With his brother’s failing health and business closure he cared for him while working in the maintenance department for the school system. Following the death of his father, Coach took over his coffee business, Araban of Boston, which he operated until retiring to help his wife Rena with her ceramics business. He a and Rena loved their German Shepherd companions.                   

Remembered for his gift to socialize with all, he will be missed by  his  many close friends with whom he shared cups of coffee.

He was a longtime member of the Immanuel Baptist Church of Ipswich.

He is survived by three grandchildren, great grandchildren and many  loving nephews and nieces. He was the father of the late David Gauthier formerly of PA and brother of the late Peter and William Pardekas both formerly of Ipswich and Demetra Bartlett formerly of Manchester, NH.  

His funeral service will be held 11 am Monday, December 12, in the Immanuel Baptist Church followed by interment in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Sunday 3 to 7 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church, 43 Central St., Ipswich and or Ipswich Humane Group, P.O. Box 873, Ipswich, MA 01938.

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