John Koutrobis

John W. Koutrobis

February 15, 1952 - March 13, 2021
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John W. Koutrobis, 69 years old, passed away with his wife by his side on March 13, 2021. John is the son of Christos and Pota Koutrobis, of Lowell, Massachusetts, a city where he spent his childhood exploring the neighborhoods where he lived, on Butterfield and Draper Streets, and loved to reminisce about his adventures growing up. After graduating from high school, he spent his college years in Athens, Greece attending Deree College and serving as an Air Force Reservist at the U.S. Air Force Base in Athens. John later obtained his master’s degree in teaching, making a significant impact on countless students he taught in his 34 year career with the Boston Public School system at West Roxbury High School, Mattahunt Elementary School (Mattapan), Kenney Elementary School (Dorchester) and Condon Elementary School (South Boston). John taught students in the Greek Bilingual Program and 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Special Education Program.

John’s love for teaching didn’t end in the classroom. During his summers off as a teacher, he owned and operated Joseph’s Pizzeria on Nantasket Beach in Hull, Massachusetts. John ran Joseph’s for 38 years before retiring in 2019. He spent every single day of the summer running the restaurant, constantly looking to improve the business and make customers happy. He treated all his employees like his students, always teaching, encouraging, and helping them succeed.

For anyone who met John, he always left a lasting impression with his charismatic personality and ability to overcome all barriers despite having multiple sclerosis. Though he was diagnosed at the age of 30, he never allowed the illness to stop him from traveling the world with his family, becoming a successful businessman, and taking full advantage of all that life offered him.

He will be greatly missed by his family that he helped raise with his loving and dedicated wife Sofia (formerly Drougas) in Norwell, Massachusetts: his daughter Panagiota and husband Antonios Athinelis of Medford, his daughter Katerina and husband Justin DiCristofalo of Quincy, his daughter Christina and her husband Michael Regan of Duxbury, and his son Christos and girlfriend Kerry of Boston. He is also survived by his grandson John, his pride and joy, his mother Pota, his sister Valerie Murphy, her husband Terry and nieces of Chelmsford, his brother-in-law Ernie Drougas and nephews of Bourne, and many koumparoi, cousins and dear friends.

Though there will be no public services, John’s family asks that you make a donation in his name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at
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Posted at 05:34pm
Sophia, please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Yianni was an amazing person and he will be missed. Kapourelakos Family

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Dennis Zaia & Donald Kimball

Posted at 02:52pm
Dear Sofia & family, Donald & I send our deepest sympathies we want you to know that John helped started every summer for me. with. Love Dennis xoxo

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sharon norman

Posted at 11:04am
To John's family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing John is very sad. I taught with John at the Condon School for many years. Our classrooms were next door to each other. John always had a smile on his face, and we shared a lot of laughs. I talked with others at the Condon about working with John and each one described him as such a "nice man". Our daughter. Lura Allen, worked at least one, maybe two, summers at Joseph's which she remembers fondly.
Sending thought and prayers to you all.
Sharon Norman

Randy Veraguas

Posted at 10:58am
Dearest Sophia and Family,

The week I moved back to Hull from Greece I believe we met. I had been going to Joseph's long before I moved away, but in 2009, we met. And I looked forward to seeing your business thrive summer after summer and seeing you all like old friends. What a beautiful role model you were! Loving couple, enthusiastic cooks of mouth watering pizza (best in the world!) and super friendly! Please accept my deepest heartfelt condolences.
Randy Veraguas from Methoni and Hull

Shawn Zeller

Posted at 02:01pm
Dear Sofia and family, I was very sorry to hear of John's passing. You gave me my first real job in the summer of 1992 and you taught me about hard work, both in the demands of the job but in the example you set day after day. I benefit from those lessons to this day. Thinking of you all.

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