George Karafilidis

George Karafilidis

May 24, 1945 - May 2, 2021
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George Karafilidis, 75, a well-known local business owner and longtime Lowell resident, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, May 2, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Roula (Manelas) Karafilidis with whom he enjoyed 51 years of marriage.

He was born in Akrini, Greece on May 24, 1945 and was the son of the late Alexandros and Soultana (Papakostas) Karafilidis.

George and his wife Roula worked tirelessly side by side at their family business, George the Tailor on Broadway Street in Lowell for over 40 years.

George loved nothing more than spending time with his family, especially Sunday dinners after church, fishing and making kites with his grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling and spending time at the beach with his loving family. He loved life, speaking about Greek history and was extremely compassionate, which are traits that he passed down to his sons and grandchildren.

In addition to his loving wife, George is survived by his sons and extended family; Alex Karafilidis and his wife Stella of North Reading along with their children Maria and Sofia; John Karafilidis and his wife Dora of Andover, along with their children Arianna and George; and Jimmy Karafilidis and his wife Christina of Chelmsford, along with their children Lila and Nina. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Voula Shanks and her husband Glenn, his sister-in-law Lea Foster and her husband Paul, his brother-in-law Taki Manelas and his sister-in-law Poppy Manelas. He is also survived by his niece Maria Keratsopoulos and family, as well as many nieces and nephews both here and in Greece. He is pre-deceased by all his siblings.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at BLAKE CHELMSFORD FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen St., CHELMSFORD. His Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11 o’clock at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 62 Lewis Street, LOWELL. Interment will follow in Westlawn II Cemetery, LOWELL. For those attending, facial coverings are respectfully required and social distancing measures will be in place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George’s name to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 62 Lewis Street, Lowell, MA 01854.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    May 6, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    May 6, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home
    24 Worthen Street
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
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  • Funeral Service

    May 7, 2021 | 11:00am
    May 7, 2021 11:00am
    Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
    62 Lewis Street
    Lowell, MA
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  • Interment

    Westlawn II Cemetery
    305 Boston Road
    LOWELL, MA 01852
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The Jradeh Family

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Christina Karafilidis

Posted at 12:39pm
I could never have dreamed of a a better father in law and will always cherish the wonderful memories I have. I will always remember your selflessness, generosity, kindness, and unwavering pride in your children and grandchildren. Thank you for loving us so greatly, teaching us, and inspiring us. I will miss our conversations and our visits. I will miss you every day, Dad.

Lori Klein

Posted at 03:48pm
Our sincere condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

- Lori, Guy, and Nick (Friends of John Karafilidis)

Deborah DeTora

Posted at 02:59pm
I'm sorry to hear of George's passing. I will miss our spirited conversations and memories of my Mom and grandparents. My prayers and thoughts are with you Roula and the rest of the family. May his memory be eternal.

Alex Karafilidis

Posted at 07:11am
My dad believed that anything was possible! Thanks dad for teaching us to be bold and dare greatly!

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