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.
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
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
Church in Ipswich and a longtime member of the John T. Heard Masonic
Lodge, AF&AM in Ipswich.
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.
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.