William G. Koumantzelis of Lowell
Billy was born on March 26, 1926. He was the third of seven children born to his parents George Koumantzelis and Georgia (Makris) Koumantzelis, who emigrated to the United States in 1909 from Verdikousa and Traganon, Greece respectively.
His parents lived in Nashua for a short time; before moving to Lowell where Billy was born and raised and lived his entire life. He was a graduate of Lowell High School. Billy proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII. He worked most of his adult life as a heavy equipment operator at Fort Devens in Ayer, MA.
He was married to Claire Marie (Talanian) of Haverhill. She was his loving and devoted wife until she passed away in 1995 after succumbing to lung cancer. They were inseparable and together they built a solid, stable and loving foundation for their six children. Their children, John, Michael, Nicholas, Gia, Tony and Lee were the center of their lives.
In their free time, they enjoyed going on long Sunday drives throughout New England, and visiting family on summer vacations to beach destinations in Virginia, North Carolina and Florida. Together they made their home a warm and welcoming place for their large extended family and friends.
As a young father, Billy was passionate about and involved in youth sports. He was active in youth baseball and for several years coached his sons in the Acre Youth Organization (AYO). As a coach, he took great pride in mentoring his players, many of whom were also of Greek heritage. His special bond with many of his young players continued into their adulthood.
For many years he was an active member of and contributor to the Lowell Boys Club. He loved to go to the Club to box, swim, lift weights and socialize with his many friends, young and old. He was so proud when he was honored with a lifetime achievement award for his community service work at the Boys Club.
Dedication to his family, a pure love of sports, a love of exploration and travel by car and involvement in local politics were hallmarks of his long life.
He was predeceased by his son, Michael who died in 1980 at the age of 25, in Okinawa, Japan, while serving in the US Navy. He was also predeceased by his older brothers Albert, John, his only sister, Joanne Leonsis, and his younger brother Nicholas. Billy is survived by his brother Arthur and his wife Vaia of Lincoln, his brother Christos and his wife Iris of Andover and his sister-in-law Georgia Koumantzelis of Lowell.
He leaves behind his son John and daughter-in-law Jean of Lowell and their three children, Beth, Kate and Billy, his son Nick of Lowell, his daughters Gia of Bethlehem, NH and Lee of South Dennis, MA, his son Tony and daughter-in-law Barbara of Dracut and their two children, Michael and Sarah and one great grandchild, Olivia Claire. He leaves behind his longtime companion, Genevieve Regan of Pelham, NH, and her four children. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews who adored their Uncle Bill.
His visiting hours will be Tuesday from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM followed by a Funeral Service at 12:30 PM at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 Middlesex St., Chelmsford, MA. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery, Lowell. Donations in his name can be made to The American Cancer Society 30 Speen St. Framingham MA 01701or to The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell 657 Middlesex St. Lowell, MA 01851. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.