Former Lowell Public Schools Superintendent and Educator for 40 years
Lifetime Lowell resident, George Nicholas Tsapatsaris, passed away surrounded by his loving daughter and son after a brief illness at Lowell General Hospital on Sunday, October 22, 2017. He was 86 years old.
Born in Lowell, December 12, 1930, to the late Nicholas and Demetra (Zaroulis) Tsapatsaris, who both emigrated from Mani, Greece, George was one of six children. He was the beloved husband and dearest friend of Dorothea (Gemos) Tsapatsaris for 45 years, who predeceased him in 2010.
George was raised in Lowell and attended the Bartlett School and Lowell High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston University and his Master of Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Mr. Tsapatsaris began his distinguished professional career in education at the Bartlett School in Lowell as a junior high math teacher in 1959 and then as an assistant principal. In 1980, he was elected to the role of project director for the Lowell Public Schools. Ten years later, the Lowell School Committee unanimously elected George as superintendent. Recognized throughout the Commonwealth as an outstanding educator, George’s unwavering commitment to Lowell and dedication to its students for more than 40 years, helped enhance the quality of education all children receive today. Following his retirement in 2000, George served as an educational consultant to the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Lowell Public Schools.
Additionally, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army where he rose to the rank of first lieutenant during the Korean Conflict. He also owned and successfully operated a summer resort restaurant on Cape Cod with his brothers for nearly 20 years.
Throughout his life, George was active in numerous professional, community and church organizations holding meaningful leadership positions, and was widely recognized and honored by these organizations for his outstanding contributions and achievements as an educator.
George is survived by his daughter, Julianne and son-in-law Tim Belevetz of Alexandria, VA; his son, Jay Tsapatsaris and Darlene Roberts of Lowell; his two beloved grandchildren, Foster and Anne Belevetz; a brother Charles of Dracut; sisters-in-law Lee Tsapatsaris of Columbus, OH, Elaine Ciccolella of Chelmsford, Lee Moylan of Conyers, GA, and Susan Gemos of Lowell; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends. He was the brother of the late Peter, Stella, Steve and Michael, and brother-in-law of the late Elaine, Elizabeth, Domenic Ciccolella, William Moylan, and James Gemos.
TSAPATSARIS - In Lowell, October 22, 2017. George N. Tsapatsaris, of Lowell, aged 86 years. Beloved husband of the late Dorothea (Gemos) Tsapatsaris. Friends will be received at the MORSE-BAYLISS Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Boulevard, Lowell, on Friday from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 62 Lewis Street, Lowell, at 12:30 p.m. Kindly meet at Church. Interment in Westlawn II Cemetery, Lowell. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the University of Massachusetts Lowell, in support of the George Tsapatsaris '77 Endowed Scholarship Fund, online at: www.uml.edu/givenow, or by check, made payable to “UMass Lowell” (please note on check: In memory of George Tsapatsaris) mailed to UMass Lowell Advancement Office, 600 Suffolk Street, Suite 160, Lowell, MA 01852, or, to the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, George Tsapatsaris Lowell High Scholarship Fund, 100 Merrimack Street, Suite 202, Lowell, MA 01852. Funeral Director, Frederick W. Healy.
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