Williston, VT — George Manghis, 88, of Plaistow, N.H. and Melbourne Beach, Fla., passed on Saturday evening, November 2, 2013, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston, Vt. With the support and encouragement of wonderful friends, family and caregivers, he was able to stay as engaged and independent as possible through this six-month journey with his illness.
He was born in Haverhill, Mass., on February 22, 1925, and was the son of Charles and Ourania Leonardos Manghis. He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Amphibious Engineers during WWII in the Pacific Theater. He married Lillian Meehan in St. James Church in Haverhill in 1950, and lived in Haverhill for many years. He began working at a young age and never stopped, even in retirement. He was a diesel mechanic and opened several of his own businesses throughout his life before joining the teaching staff at Whittier Vocational High School in 1973, where he taught diesel mechanics. He served as president of the teachers union during that time.
His passions in life were cooking and gathering with family and friends, and he often combined the two, serving as chief cook for large family gatherings and various social get-togethers. He was famous for his bread pudding and Greek specialties, his storytelling, his penchant for fixing things, and generosity to family and friends.
He was independent, hardworking, dedicated, stubborn, and resourceful in life. He had a great sense of humor and an easy going friendly manner. He found great joy and satisfaction in helping people, and he was repaid in much kindness.
He will be dearly missed by his daughter, Mary Manghis and her partner, Glenn Eames; and his faithful feline companion, Kavita. He is survived by his sisters-in-law, Mary Meehan, Kathleen Camic and Carole Manghis; his brother-in-law, Richard Meehan and wife, Pauline; and numerous nieces, nephews.