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This Book of Memories memorial website is designed to be a permanent tribute paying tribute to the life and memory of George Tsapatsaris. It allows family and friends a place to re-visit, interact with each other, share and enhance this tribute for future generations. We are both pleased and proud to provide the Book of Memories to the families of our community.

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Condolence From: Karla Baehr
Condolence: My heart goes out to the extended Tsapatsaris family and the many former colleagues of mine in Lowell who knew George as a passionate teacher, resilient and principled leader, and champion for children - especially those most at risk of being left behind. It was my honor to succeed George as superintendent and benefit from all that he had done. I so appreciated his honesty and the generous gift of his time and advice. He was truly one of a kind - what a loss!
Friday October 27, 2017
Condolence From: Paul Wilbur
Condolence: He was my teacher at the Bartlett. Great guy who will be missed by many.
Friday October 27, 2017
Condolence From: Richard J. Hoffmann
Condolence: I write to share my deepest condolences to the family of one of my heroes. George was a very important mentor, colleague, and friend to me for over 35 years. I first met George around 1980 when he hired me to work with elementary students and teachers in the Lowell Public Schools. His purpose was to promote racial and ethnic equality, harmony, and understanding - a theme he would dedicate his career to achieving. When I became a novice administrator in the Lawrence Public Schools, George was instrumental in helping me to replicate his Lowell successes in Lawrence: a parent information center, magnet schools, and multicultural programs for students. He also taught me everything there is to know about how to build a new school having successfully done so many times in Lowell. Later, we traveled the country sharing what we’d learned about the power of school choice and the need to create initiatives in schools that brought students and families together to celebrate their diverse backgrounds. George helped me to collect data and complete my doctoral degree. He was my top reference when I sought to become a School Superintendent. And for the last 10 years or so, we served together on the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Education at UMass Lowell. Through the years George would tell me how proud he was of his family and how much he loved his native Lowell. I will miss George immensely, but will never forget this thoughtful, caring pioneer of quality urban education. REST IN PEACE George!
Thursday October 26, 2017
Condolence From: Matt Malone
Condolence: A true role model for all of as a champion for young people.

Matt Malone
Fmr., Massachusetts Secretary of Education
Superintendent Fall River Public Schools
Thursday October 26, 2017
Condolence From: Lisa Ansara
Condolence: How many people can say they loved their Vice Principal!?? At the Bartlett School Mr. Tsapatsaris was known as the "tough one" but that was only until you got to know him. His kindness, warm heart and empathic attitude towards all students was greatly admired. We will miss you!
Thursday October 26, 2017
Condolence From: Vera Quinlan Gallagher
Condolence: Dear Julianne and Family,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved father. He was a man among men, a consummate gentleman and my mentor throughout much of my work with the LPS. I will remember him for his recognition and subsequent advocacy of disenfranchised teens long before it became fashionable. The best summary to my expression of sympathy would be the quote "If you save one child, you save the world". For me, this aptly, applies to him. You and your family are in my prayers. God bless
Wednesday October 25, 2017
Condolence From: Katherine Ansara
Condolence: Our deepest sympathy for the loss of a wonderful man who served as our Vice Principal and later on as a mentor. He will be missed by all that knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time. May his memory be eternal.

With our deepest sympathy
The Ansara Family
Wednesday October 25, 2017
Condolence From: Martha Hayden Burns
Condolence: Condolences to the extended Tsapatsaris family on the loss of your beloved George. May memories comfort you during your time of grief. He gave so much. Rest in peace forever and ever. Amen
Wednesday October 25, 2017
Condolence From: Jim Leonard
Condolence: I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the entire Tsapatsaris
Family in their moment of grief. I had the privilege of calling George my friend for over forty years. He was truly a humble man who was committed to serving the children of Lowell. George let his accomplishments speak for themselves.

George loved his family and often spoke about how proud he was of his children and how very much he loved them.
Wednesday October 25, 2017
Condolence From: Donna St. Laurent
Condolence: Please accept my condolence for your loss of a truly great man. He will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Wednesday October 25, 2017
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