Peabody — John A. Karahalis, 94, beloved husband of Penelope (Macrinotis) Karahalis of Peabody, died peacefully on Tuesday evening at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, while in the comforting presence of his family.
Born in Peabody, he was the son of the late Aristo and Stavroula (Argeros) Karahalis and was a lifelong resident of the city. He graduated from Peabody High School, and after the war he was educated with his degree from Northeastern University in Electrical Science.
As part of our “Greatest Generation” he served a patriotic duty with service in the United States Navy during World War II. He was stationed in the North Atlantic Theatre of Operations.
Mr. Karahalis learned about devotion and hard work when he was employed in several leather shops as a high school boy, where he developed his character, respected by many. He was a Master Electrician, and a teacher at Salem High for his career before retiring 30 years ago. He was an inspiration and mentor to many young boys in his career, helping the youth develop and turn their lives around towards having productive careers themselves. He was recently awarded a plaque in honor of his role and in grateful appreciation by current faculty who he had as students.
He also had an entrepreneurial spirit and practiced as a Real Estate Investor. His interest was Commercial Real Estate, and he also brokered many deals.
John was a member of the Masons, Jordan Lodge of Peabody, a Past Commander of the Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V.) of Peabody, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (V.F.W.), and several civic associations. He was a very faithful and devoted member of St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church of Peabody where he served on the Board of Directors and also on the Men’s Club. An avid golfer, he was a longtime member at Salem Country Club. Some of his golf achievements include at least two Holes-in-One, and at age 85 was the Club Champion in his flight. He will be remembered for his kindness and generosity, and willingness to help others.