Constantine (Costas) Zoes Eftimiou of Nashua, NH passed away peacefully at home on Friday, November 13, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.
Costas was born on September 18, 1931 in Eptachori, Kastoria, Greece. He was the son of the late Zoes and the late Theodora (Nakos) Efthymiou of Eptachori, Kastoria, Greece, brother of the late Charalambos and his wife Sultana (Manos) Efthymiou of Nashua, NH and sister of the late Sophia (Efthymiou) and her late husband John Dellas of Athens, Greece.
He married the love of his life, Marietta (Mamfredas) Eftimiou, in 1957 and they raised their family in Nashua, NH. They happily celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary earlier this year.
He immigrated to America at the age of 14 and was educated here. He graduated from high school in Detroit, MI, and then graduated from the Henry Ford Trade School in Dearborn, MI. He proudly served in the US Army from 1954 to 1956 and achieved the rank of SP3. He then was honorably discharged to the US Army Reserves and served in the Reserves until he was honorably discharged in 1962.
Through his education and military service, he mastered the skills that made possible a 37 year career as a Precision Tool and Die Machinist at Raytheon in Andover, MA. Costas was proud that he was granted Top Secret clearance which enabled him to work on key projects including the Patriot Missile System. Upon his retirement in 1993 he spent time traveling to Greece and Australia with his wife Marietta to visit family.
Costas’ biggest joy in life was his family. To be a husband, father and pappou (grandfather) meant the world to him. He was always there to lend support to his children and grandchildren and show them how proud he was of them. He took his children on vacations to his beloved homeland of Greece to visit family. He always strove to instill in his children and grandchildren his love and pride of his native Greek heritage. He and his wife loved to entertain friends and family who couldn’t wait to devour his famous lamb shish ka bob that was roasted on his own custom-made rotisserie machine.
The other love in his life was his Greek music and Greek dancing. Costas prided himself on his extensive collection of Greek music. He enjoyed making compilation CD’s of his favorite songs that he shared with family and friends around the world. He especially liked the “clarino” (clarinet) music of his home village of Eptachori in the Pindus Mountains of Northern Greece. After his retirement, he started “Constantine’s Hellenic Sounds” and with his son George, they played music at Greek weddings, baptisms, festivals and dances.
He was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and enjoyed taking his family to Fenway Park on many occasions and could be found watching the games at home on TV.
Costas was a devout Greek Orthodox Christian and devoted parishioner of St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church in Nashua, NH where he spent countless hours volunteering his time and talents to the Church and the annual Food Fest. In 2003, he and his wife Marietta were chosen to receive the Boston Diocese Metropolis Ministry Award for their service to the Church community. He served as Vice President of the Parish Council at the Annunciation Church in Nashua, NH before it merged with St Nicholas Church to become St Philip Greek Orthodox Church.
He was also very active in several non-profit organizations. He was President for many years of the local Pan Macedonian Chapter, a member of the AHEPA Chapter #35 since 1992, a member of the St George Eptachori Society and a Mason where he was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason within the Ancient York Lodge N.89 in Nashua, NH. In 2019 he was honored in a special ceremony for his 60 years of service to the Masonic organization.
Costas is survived by and will be forever loved by his wife Marietta, their two children: daughter Catherine Eftimiou DiMartino of Amherst, NH and son George Constantine Eftimiou and his wife, Christina (Kouchalakos) of Nashua, NH as well as his grandchildren: Mary-Kate DiMartino and Alexander Constantine Eftimiou and his step-grandchildren: Dwight J. DiMartino and his wife Jennifer, Derek DiMartino and his wife Nicole, Diana DiMartino and all of their children.
He also is survived by his dear nieces Doris (Efthymiou) Dono and her husband Dan, Joanne (Efthymiou) Pelletier and her husband Norman and Effie (Efthymiou) Favreau and her husband Dan, and their families, Mary (Dellas) Lavantis and her husband Demetri and nephew Costa Dellas and his wife Eleni of Athens Greece and their families.
He also is survived by his brother-in-law Ioannis Mamfredas and his wife Anastasia , his brother-in-law Ioannis Giakomelos, his sister-in-law Mary Plessas and many more nieces, nephews, cousins and friends in the USA, Greece, Australia and Europe.
Our family would like to express our deep gratitude for the wonderful care and support that Costas received from Dr Vella, Dr Nabioullina, and the nurses, aides and staff of the Home Health and Hospice in Merrimack, NH, the Guardian Angels Senior Services in Billerica, MA and the VA Hospital in Manchester, NH.
To ensure everyone’s health and safety, masks will be required at the wake and funeral and there will be social distanced seating during the funeral in the church. Overflow seating will be in the church hall. In addition, the funeral will be livestreamed on YouTube on the St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church, Nashua, NH channel found at the following link:
While the family would very much like to greet all the mourners at the wake and funeral, they will not be able to do that because of Covid restrictions and in order to keep the family and all mourners safe. There will be no funeral luncheon (makaria) at this time, again due to Covid. We appreciate your understanding and we hope, God willing, for the one year memorial we will be able to celebrate Constantine’s life with a memorial luncheon.
A walk-through visitation will be on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST at St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church, 500 West Hollis Street, Nashua, NH, followed immediately by the Funeral Service at 11:00 AM EST. Burial with military honors will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, 101 Kinsley St., Nashua, NH.
In lieu of flowers, Donations in his memory may be made to the St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church “MEMORIAL FUND” 500 West Hollis Street, Nashua, NH 03060.
To leave an online condolence, story, or message, please visit www.anctil-rochette.com The Rochette Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley St., Nashua, is assisting with arrangements.
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