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December 12, 2007

Peter C. Vlahos, 79; worked in city's shoe industry

For 55 years, Peter C. Vlahos worked in the local shoe industry. During that time, Mr. Vlahos was employed by all of the city's major shoe companies -- through the boom years and until the industry's final days in Haverhill -- as he started off as a shoe cutter, was a member of the Shoe Industry Foreman's Association and retired as a manager from Allen Shoe Co., Haverhill, which closed in 1995.

"He was one of the last shoe workers in the city," said Mr. Vlahos's son, Charles M. Vlahos of Haverhill. "He had a strong work ethic. He was a very hardworking man, but he never looked tired. He always had a lot of energy."

Recently, Mr. Vlahos was employed part time at DeMoulas Market Basket in Riverside Plaza.

"It was a part-time job but he liked to keep busy. He enjoyed talking to the customers and his co-workers, and everyone liked him. He was always positive and he touched a lot of people," his son said.

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007, Peter C. Vlahos, a lifelong resident of Haverhill, passed peacefully at Merrimack Valley Hospital with his wife and sons by his side. He was 79 and the loving husband of Joan F. (Aherne) Vlahos, to whom he had been married 57 years.

"My mom and dad never took a bad picture. They were always smiling and very happy together. He was a devoted husband and very supportive of everyone in the family," Charles M. Vlahos said.

Mr. Vlahos was born in Haverhill, son of the late Constantine and Evangeline (Alpis) Vlahos. He graduated from Haverhill High School in 1946 and was a member of St. John the Baptist Church.

Proud of his Hellenic heritage and roots, Mr. Vlahos, whose parents were born in Greece, "loved to listen and dance to Greek music with his family," his son said.

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