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Christos “Coach” Pardekas, 94, of Agawam Village, husband of the late Rena M. (Dukeshire), died Friday, December 2, 2016, in the Masconomet Healthcare Center, Topsfield.
Born in Ipswich August 25, 1922, son of the late Danis and Anastasia (Zeroulias) Pardekas, he was raised in Ipswich, a 1941 graduate of Ipswich High School. “Coach,” with “Cracker Bowen,” started the Ipswich Boy’s Club, where he coached basketball, football and baseball to over 300 youths, most of whom at the declaration of war went on to serve their country. For sometime he worked as a cook at the Agawam Diner and soon went to work in the shellfish business with Haritas & Amerio, later to be employed at Soffron Shellfish. During the years of WWII he worked at Sylvania, and with the ending of the war went to work for the next 20 years with his brother at the former Pete’s Auto Clinic on High Street. With his brother’s failing health and business closure he cared for him while for nine years he worked maintenance for the school department. Following the death of his father, Danis, “Coach” took over his coffee business, Araban of Boston, which he operated until the need to care for and to help his wife, Rena with her ceramics in her failing years.
He and Rena loved their German Shepard companions.
“Coach” will be remembered for his gift to socialize with all and by his many close friends with whom he shared cups of coffee.
He was a longtime member of the Immanuel Baptist Church of Ipswich.
“Coach” is survived by three grandchildren; great-grandchildren and many loving nephews and nieces. He was the father of the late David Gauthier formerly of Pennsylvania; and brother of the late Peter and William Pardekas, both formerly of Ipswich; and Demetra Bartlett formerly of Manchester, N.H.
His funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Monday, December 12, in the Immanuel Baptist Church, followed by interment in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Sunday 3 to 7 p.m. in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church, 43 Central St., Ipswich and or Ipswich Humane Group, P.O. Box 873, Ipswich, MA 01938. For directions or to leave a condolence, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.
Published on  December 7, 2016
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