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John James Manikas

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend;

John James Manikas - age 81 of Lenoir City, Tennessee but a former resident of Lowell and Hudson, NH passed away Sunday morning, February 9, 2020 surrounded by family and friends.

He leaves behind his spouse, Irene R. (Kapsalis) Manikas of Lenoir City, TN; his children James Manikas and wife, Nancy, Christine Sweeney and husband, John, Karen Heffron and husband, Derek; grandson, Jonathan Clayton “Clay” Tipton all of Lenoir City. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Eliacopoulos of Hudson, NH; brothers, James Manikas and wife, Bernice of Tyngsboro, MA, and Philip Manikas of Malden, MA; along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James John Manikas and Georgia (Apostolos) Manikas.

John was born in Lowell, Massachusetts where he attended school and graduated from Lowell High School Class of 1957 and went on to attend University of Lowell.

John was employed by Cabot Corporation of Boston, MA from 1961-1986. John and his family relocated to Lenoir City in 1981 and was General Manager of a Foundry and Tool Division in Athens, TN until his division was purchased by NGK Metals of Nagoya, Japan. John retired in the year 2000 from NGK. After retiring he consulted for approximately 10 years and officially retired in 2010.

John was a member the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell and also of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Knoxville, TN. He was a Mason and a member of Pentucket Lodge of Lowell, MA for over 55 years. He joined Kerbela Shrine of Knoxville in 1982 and was also a Jester of Court 57 in Knoxville.

John leaves a legacy of love, empathy and generosity. 

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell from 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday February 18, 2020. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service to be held Wednesday morning at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by his burial at the Westlawn II Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make memorial contributions in his memory to: Pentucket Lodge, 79 Dutton Street, Lowell, MA 01852 or the Shriners Hospital for Children, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502. Local arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.

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