FLORENCE, MA - Angelo (Bill) Kachulis, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018, at the home of his son Nick in Florence, Mass., where he lived the last four years of his life. Bill's passing was gentle and peaceful. He never lost his winning smile.
Born in New York City to Greek immigrants in 1921, he grew up during the Great Depression, playing every sport he could on the streets and schoolyards of New York, a passion he continued by becoming a fanatical Dodgers and Mets fan.
Bill spent WWII in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and the South Pacific. Attending college from 1947-1948 under the GI Bill, he achieved his lifetime goal of a college degree in history in 1986 from Queens College, CUNY, where he won the outstanding student award from the history department at age 65. He took additional college courses in New York and Massachusetts for the next 25 years. In 1949, Bill married the love of his life, Marina Soulias - eventually celebrating their 65th anniversary before her passing in 2014.
An avid reader and learner, Bill made and tracked his own projects, once reading the biography of every American President, over the course of several years, journeying to and from work on the NYC subway. He loved travel, history, music, art, laughter, and of course, his family.
He is survived by his sons, Jimmy and Nick; grandchildren, Chris, Demetri, Maria Terese, and Anyé; and daughters-in-law, Anne Moriarty, and Martha Zorn.
Calling hours are Friday February 23, 6 to 8 p.m., Ahearn Funeral Home, 783 Bridge Road, Northampton, MA 01061. Services are Saturday, February 24, at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 410 Main Street, Holyoke, MA 01040. Burial will follow in Spring Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to education, youth sports, history, Greek culture, Bill's favorite charity, The Fresh Air Fund, or a charity of your choice.
Published on February 19, 2018