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Charles D. Samardelis, 93, lifelong Haverhill resident, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 17, 2017.
Charles was born in Haverhill on September 19, 1923, son of Dimitrios and Ourania Samardelis. He was raised and educated in Haverhill and was a graduate of Haverhill High School. Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942, and served honorably for over 20 years, first in the submarine division and then on destroyers and aircraft carriers in the Atlantic and Pacific during WWII, Korea, and part of Vietnam. When he returned from the service, Charles worked as a precision welder for GE while attending college to obtain his degree in teaching. He graduated from Fitchburg State, Salem State and Merrimack College. Charles was passionate about education and began teaching for many years and retired from Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School as a guidance counselor in 1986. He enjoyed his students he taught and they enjoyed and respected him as a teacher. He was a loving, caring and faithful man who will be greatly missed.
His surviving family members include his cherished wife of 62 years, Ralitsa (Tsandarlioutis) Samardelis of Windham, N.H.; loving sons, James Samardelis and wife, Kalliopi of Loudon, N.H., and Charles C. Samardelis and wife, Judith S. of Sykesville, Md.; grandchildren, Alethea Samardelis, Christina Samardelis, and Jillian Samardelis; great-granddaughter, Mikayla; and several nephews. He was the brother of the late Helen Kichu and Hope Pentoliros.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday, September 20, in the Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 So. Main Street, Haverhill from 4 to 7 p.m. Service will begin Thursday in the funeral home at 10 a.m. Funeral Service at Holy Apostles Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 154 Winter Street, Haverhill at 11 a.m. Burial will follow with U.S. Navy Honors in Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill. Contributions may be made in Charles’ memory to the Holy Apostles Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 154 Winter Street, Haverhill, MA 01832. For online guestbook, please visit www.driscollcares.com.
Published on  September 18, 2017
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