Obituary: George Anagnostos of Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — George Anagnostos, of Ethel Drive, Portsmouth, died on Friday, December 15, 2017, at Newport Hospital. Born on June 21, 1933, in Manchester, New Hampshire, he was the son of the late Apostolos and Anastasia (Kaltsas) Anagnostos. George was the husband of Ellen (Kasiaras) Anagnostos for 60 years.

George was a 1955 graduate of Tufts College and a member of the ROTC program; he was commissioned an ensign in the US Navy upon graduation. This began a long career in service to his country, and in 1981 Capt. George Anagnostos, USNR earned his retirement. His Navy career brought him to many stations, including time teaching mathematics at the US Naval Academy, and as the officer in charge of the NASA Apollo 10 recovery crew on the USS Princeton (LPH-5) in 1969. He also served on the tanker USS Kankakee (AO-39) during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

In retirement, his selfless service continued. He gave countless hours to St. Spyridon Church, and to the AHEPA Housing Corporation. Over the years, he held positions in the Order of AHEPA as District Governor of Yankee District 7, Supreme Secretary of the Order of AHEPA, and was copy editor of the AHEPA Magazine. Over the last 40 years on Aquidneck Island, George served quietly in many ways at his church, often spotted in the kitchen at Hellenic Fest in the summer. George also enjoyed many years as the Managing Editor of the Hellenic Chronicle Newspaper, where he worked alongside his sister, publisher Antigone Agris.

He is survived by his wife Ellen, his children Paul D. Anagnostos of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Lynn A. Cullins of Mechanicsville, MD, and David J. Anagnostos of Warren, RI. He also leaves a sister Sophia Rantis of Fairfax, VA, and six grandchildren, Nicole, Christopher, and Mark Cullins, and Steven, John and Jason Anagnostos. He is also survived by his two godsons Stephen C. Giotas and Thomas G. Daskal, both of New Hampshire.

He was preceded in death by his brother James Anagnostos and a sister Antigone Agris.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, December 18, 2017, from 4:00-8: 00 pm at the Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI.

His funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 19, at 10:00 am in St. Spyridon Church, Thames St, Newport. Burial will follow in Middletown Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Spyridon Church, PO Box 427, Newport, RI 02840.

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