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Andrew Avelis Sr.

Andrew Avelis Sr., 86, of Brentwood, NH, formerly of Ipswich, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Rockingham County Nursing Home on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Born in Ipswich September 4, 1927, son of the late Nickolas and Anastasia (Screptis) Avelis, he was raised in Ipswich and was a graduate of Ipswich public schools.  As a young man Andy started his automotive career in the auto recycling business.

For several years he worked at Winn Chevrolet in Beverly, eventually becoming a General Motors instructor teaching at GM in Dedham. In 1967 Andy purchased the former Atlantic Gas Station on Central St in Ipswich which he owned and operated until 1986.  Having sold the garage Andy went to work for the Pingree School in Hamilton, becoming the Director of Grounds and Maintenance.  Following his retirement he became an assistant Harbormaster with the Town of Newbury and for over twenty years he also worked with his son who owned and operated a snowplowing business. Together they worked for Mass DOT, plowing with their large orange winged snowplows under the name of Baron Enterprises.  

Andy was an avid flyer.  He obtained his pilots license in the 70's, soon purchasing his own airplane.  Close with his son Andrew Jr., when not working,  most of their time   together was spent finding and restoring old items such as tractors, antique snowmobiles and  old antique and classic automobiles. He also loved his dogs.

Andy was a lifelong member of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Ipswich and a longtime member of the John T. Heard Masonic Lodge, AF&AM in Ipswich.

In addition to his son Andrew Avelis, Jr.and his wife Cynthia (Dowling) of Brentwood, NH he is survived by several nieces and nephews.  He was the brother of the late Christopher Avelis formerly of Gloucester, James Avelis formerly of AZ, George and William Avelis and Sophie Dabos  and Viola O’Neil,  all formerly of Ipswich.

His funeral will be held 9 am Saturday, August 2  from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by a service 10 am in the Greek Orthodox Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Ipswich.  Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are 4 to 8 pm Friday with a service by the John T. Heard Lodge at 7 pm. Interment will be in the New Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to Angell Animal Medical Center – MSPCA, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130.

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