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John G. Kotsiras

John G. Kotsiras, of Rowley passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  He was eighty-one years old.

John was born in Messinia, Greece on January 16, 1937, son of the late George and Styliani (Karahalios) Kotsiras.  He came to the U.S. in 1962 and settled in Cambridge with his late wife, Linda Kotsiras who passed away in 1990.  They later moved to Watertown where they raised their children, lived for many years and were active parishioners at the Taxiarchae Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown. John worked for many decades at the Greek Consulate of Boston where he rose to the position of Vice Consul General. He was well known and respected among members of the Greek community. In 1995, he married Deborah Johnson and settled in Rowley where he retired.

He leaves his beloved wife, Deborah (Johnson) Kotsiras and his children, George Kotsiras and his wife, Kimberly Kotsiras of Marlborough, Steven Kotsiras and his wife, Eleftheria Kotsiras of Middleton and his grandchildren, Christina, Zachary, Sydney, Yianni and Angelica Kotsiras.  He was the brother of Athanasios Kotsiras of Handrinou, Greece and Theodoros Kotsiras of Athens, Greece and the uncle to many nieces and nephews.

John will be remembered as a devoted and loving husband, a dedicated father, a doting grandfather, caring brother, dear uncle, and a kind, helpful neighbor.  He was a happy man with a gentle demeanor who loved to joke with his grandchildren and was always interested to hear how they were doing in school.  He was very proud of his Greek heritage and always tried to tie the topic of conversation back to Greece.  He enjoyed the outdoors, spending time at Cape Cod, caring for his lawn and growing his own vegetables and fruit trees.  He will be greatly missed and his memory and love for his wife and family will remain forever in our hearts.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 4-8 PM at the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. His Funeral Service will be held at 11 am Friday, May 11 in the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Ipswich, followed by interment in the Highland Cemetery, Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Hellenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 601 Sherman Street, Canton, MA 02021 and or the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482.

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