John S. Tsicouleas

April 18th, 2015

John S. Tsicouleas, age 92, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on April 18, 2015, at the Woodbriar Health Center in Wilmington.

John was born on October 1, 1922 in Boston, MA; he was the dear son of the late Stephen and Fotini (Iligeorgia) Tsicouleas. John was raised in Cambridge and Brighton and attended school in Boston, MA.

John loved all kinds of music and dancing; in his early years he was a ballroom dance teacher and could perform every dance from the fast paced jitterbug to the elegant ballroom dances; he was just very light on his feet. While teaching, John met a beautiful student named Elpis Primpas and he was smitten. John married “his sweetheart” Elpis “Ellie” Primpas in 1961 and the couple moved to Wilmington where they raised their only child Stephen. Family was very important to John; he was a devoted husband and father; he loved his daughter-in-law Susan and cherished his only grandchild Nicole.

John was a hard worker; for many years he worked as a Machinist while attending night school to earn is degree as an Insurance Actuary. In the mid 1960’s John went to work for the State of Massachusetts as an Insurance Examiner and retired in 1987.

Throughout the years John and Ellie enjoyed traveling with their family and friends. John loved to explore new places, meet new people, and most of all sample all kinds of food. One of John’s favorite places to visit was New Orleans where he could listen to jazz, dance in the streets, and eat his favorite Cajun dishes; everyone always had a good time when they traveled with John.

John will be remembered as a wonderful guy who was so proud of his family and of his heritage. John was a great family man, a good neighbor, and a true friend to many. John lived a great life and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

John was the beloved husband of 50 years to the late Elpis “Ellie” (Primpas) Tsicouleas, devoted father of Stephen Tsicouleas and his wife Susan of Standish, ME, loving “Papu” of Nicole Tsicouleas, cherished son of the late Stephen and Fotini Tsicouleas, dear brother of the late Ernest, Margaret, Kay, and Georgia. John is also survived by many special nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service in the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn, on Wednesday, April 22nd at 1:30 p.m. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, April 21st from 4-7 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Memorial donations in John’s name may be made to the Hydrocephalus Association, 4340 East West Highway, Suite 905, Bethesda, MD 20814


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  1. Michael Kalafatas says:

    What a great loss for me and all our family. Uncle Johnny took me to my first baseball game at Fenway Park and bought me my first baseball glove. He and his wife Ellie led a wonderful life together: many travel trips, lots of dancing, ever social, quick to laugh, always the center of attention at any party, even in their advanced years. The two were caring and generous to others, and raised a wonderful son in Stephen, so devoted to them. May the memory of his Mom and Dad be a blessing to him, his family, and to all who loved them.

  2. Joe Stack says:

    So sad to hear he’s gone. Great guy and a lot of fun. Godspeed, John.

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