John Blecatsis

  • Born: November 10, 1917
  • Died: February 19, 2015
  • Location: New Hampshire

Cate & Johnson Funeral Home

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Tel. (603) 625-5777

Tribute & Message From The Family

John Blecatsis, 97, died February 19, 2015 at Villa Crest Health Care Center in Manchester, NH.

He was born November 10, 1917 in Manchester to Demetrios and Malamati (Paikos) Blecatsis and was a lifelong Manchester resident.John was a World War II veteran. He worked as an optician for many years at Granite State Optical prior to opening his own business, Lincoln Park Opticians.

John was a past president of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. He was an avid tennis player and photographer, however family was at the center of his life.

John was pre-deceased in 2010 by his wife of 66 years, Effie Koyiades Blecatsis.

Family includes three daughters, Kathryn Erskine (C. Richard), Melanie Brown (Mark), and Joan Krohn (Richard Nichols); seven grandchildren, Kate Erskine (Jolene McWhirter), Gregory Erskine, Christopher Brown (Robyn), Emily Brown, Cynthia Krohn, Matthew Krohn (Suzanne), and Nicholas Krohn; as well as six great grandchildren, Cora & Margo Erskine-McWhirter, John & Alice Brown, and Daphne & Lauren Krohn, and a nephew, Richard Blecatsis.

Family wishes to thank all at Villa Crest Nursing and Retirement Center, Visiting Angels and Amedisys Hospice for their outstanding and compassionate care for our Dad.

Calling hours will be Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Cate & Johnson Funeral Home, 573 Pine Street, corner of Harrison Street in Manchester. A Trisagion Prayer Service will be offered at 6:00 pm in Cate & Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Service will be conducted on Tuesday at 11:00 am at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 111 Island Pond Road. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Manchester.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 111 Island Pond Road, Manchester, NH 03109; Villa Crest Recreation Program, 1276 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH 03104; or Visiting Angels Recreation Fund, PO Box 715, Auburn, NH 03032.

Cate & Johnson Funeral Service of Manchester is directing arrangements.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Kathryn, Melanie, Joan and families,

I'm sorry to hear of the loss of John, and even sorrier that I was unable to attend the services.  He was one great guy.

I first met him, way back when, when he was working out of. Dr. Dickerman's office on Elm St. back in the 60's.

He helped my twin brother and I pull the wool over our teacher by giving an identical frame with plain glass lenses so we could swap seats.  My brother could get away without his glasses for a while at that time.

It worked until, after a week or two, another student told Sister (name omitted), but it was fun while it lasted.

I also remember when he started Lincoln Park Opticians, as my brother still went to  him for his eyeglasses.

May it comfort you to know that he is at peace and reunited with your Mom, as they both watch down on you all.

Take care, and God Bless.

Posted by Jack Murphy    February 24, 2015

Our condolences. A fantastic Greek-American. May his memory be eternal.

Posted by Chris and Linda Chalogias - Hoosett, NH   February 24, 2015

My sincere condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one. May prayers strengthen you and memories comfort you, and may our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, who loves us, comfort your hearts and "make you firm". (2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17)

Posted by Saj    February 24, 2015

Dear Kathy, Dick, and Family,

My deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Seems like there are many many good memories of family time with your Dad. I am sorry not to have gotten to the wake and funeral,but I am off to California today (thanks to my son Jon) to see Evan and his wife as well as the Patches and Kirsten's family. Be well and take support from each other in your wonderful family. I will contact you after I return home on the 17th of March. I will be with you today in spririt!

Much love, Linda and Family

Posted by Linda Garrish Thomas and Family    February 23, 2015

What a wonderful, wonderful man he was. It was a pleasure to know him for many years. He always had a smile, even when going to the doctor's office. He took great pride in his age. I always thanked him for his service to our country also. I will miss seeing him.

Posted by Stephen Smith, M.D. - Manchester, NH   February 22, 2015

Our deepest condolences.
Charlie and Nancy Mardanes
Venice, FL

Posted by A friend   February 22, 2015

Kathy and Dick,

So sorry for your loss. Extending our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Posted by Sharon & Mike Maciolek    February 21, 2015