Arthur C. Anton Print E-mail




Former President and CEO of Anton’s Cleaners.

Arthur C. Anton, 95, the patriarch of the Anton family of Greater Lowell, passed away peacefully due to natural causes at his home in North Andover on Sunday July 26, 2020. Prior to moving to North Andover, he resided in Boston, Chelmsford and Palm Beach, Florida.

A highly respected area businessman, longtime philanthropist, and well-known leader in the Greek Orthodox community, Arthur recently celebrated his 95th birthday with those who brought him the most joy, his children and grandchildren.

He was the loving husband for 67 years of the late Madeline (Kanavos) Anton, who passed away in 2018.

Arthur was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 8, 1925, a son of the late Charles and the late Paula (Vacass) Antonopoulos He was a graduate of the Lowell High School Class of 1943 where he was the Class Valedictorian and a Carney Medal Winner.

Following high school, Arthur proudly served his country in the U.S Army Air Force through the conclusion of World War II.

After the war, he attended Boston University where he graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In addition to graduating with Honors, Arthur was elected University Class President and Man of the Year at Boston University.

In 1950, Arthur joined his father and brothers at Anton’s Cleaners, in Lowell where he served as President and CEO from 1950 to 2000 and developed the company into the largest dry cleaning operation in New England and one of the largest in the United States. To this day, Anton’s Cleaners, continues to be a family-owned, operated and nationally recognized dry cleaning business.

A beloved member of the community who always had a smile and a kind word, Arthur was active with many charitable, religious, fraternal and business organizations in Greater Lowell, Massachusetts and New England.

While a highly successful businessman, he dedicated his entire life to the pursuit of helping others. A tireless leader, organizer and volunteer, Arthur was a deeply religious man of faith who served his church, the Greek Orthodox Archdioceses of North and South America, with loyalty and passion.

Over the course of his life Arthur held many positions of leadership within the Church on both the local and national level. Among them were National Chairman of the league of Greek Orthodox Stewards, Executive Committee member of the Archdiocesan Council (1972-1994), Committee member of the Greek Orthodox Church in the America’s and Chairman of many local, regional and national events for the Church.

In 1976, Arthur was ordained the title of “Archon Depoutos” by Archbishop Iakovos which is the highest honor the church can bestow on a lay person. He was also a founding member of the Leadership 100 Endowment Fund where he served as Vice Chair and Chairman from 1994-2004.  In one of the highlights of his life, Arthur was a member of the Greek Orthodox delegation that traveled to the Vatican where he had a private audience with Pope John Paul II.

Arthur was an integral part of Lowell General Hospital’s leadership team, serving as Chair of the Board (1981-1986) and as a trustee for 35 years.  Over the years, he also served as President of:  Chamber of Commerce of Greater Lowell, Lowell Rotary Club, United Fund of Greater Lowell, Community Council of Greater Lowell and AHEPA.

A staunch supporter of education, Arthur was a Trustee of Boston University (1977-1980), Hellenic College, Brookline (1972-1982) and The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece (1972-1982).

As a result of his dedication to the community, Arthur received several awards, among them, the Greater Lowell Community Foundation Award (2014), the Lowell High School Distinguished Alumni Award (2013), the Religious Heritage of America Business and Professional Award (1989)and the “Aristotelian Award” by the Order of AHEPA (1979).

Arthur’s largest achievement, however, was the impact he had on the lives of the many individuals with whom he interacted. He had an enormous zest for life and was extraordinarily generous with his time and attention.  He loved his family, food, friends, visits to Greece, and considered every milestone as an opportunity to celebrate life and enrich his treasure box of memories.

Arthur is survived by his four children Diane Wilmot and her husband Gunnar of Bronxville, NY, Susan Pasanen and her husband Wayne of Newburyport, MA, Charles Anton and his wife Tami of Lincoln, MA, and Arthur Anton, Jr. and his wife Nina of Carlisle, MA; ten grandchildren Gunnar Wilmot, Jr., Madeline Wilmot, Zachary Pasanen and his wife Alexandra, Christina Pasanen, Alexandra Pasanen, Arthur Austin Anton, Jacqueline Anton, Spencer Anton, Olivia Anton and Steven Anton; a great grandchild Rosie Pasanen; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late John Anton, Alexander Anton, Socrates Antonopoulos and brother-in-law of the late Joyce (Haley) Antonopoulos.

Due to Covid 19 state and federal restrictions, all Funeral Services were held privately for the family. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 5 Lewis St., Lowell, MA 01854 or St. Constantine and Helen Church, 71 Chandler Rd., Andover, MA 01810.  Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (10)
  • Gil and Marilyn Campbell
    Gil & I are so sorry to hear about your lost. Arthur was a wonderful kind man and will be missed by many. Our deepest sympathy Gil & Marilyn Campbell
  • Charlene Kanavos Morgheim
    Diane, Susan, Charles and Arthur, I was saddened to hear of Arthur’s passing. I will always remember his kindness and love for our family- especially when my Dad was sick. He always had a smile on his face. His passing is an end of an era- My Dad, Uncle Soc, Aunt Joyce, your mom and now your father. What a great generation who we learned so much from! Their legacy continues in all that we do! On behalf of the Kanavos family we send our sympathies and much love. Charlene
  • Marino Family
    We thank Mr. Anton for all of his vast contributions-such a kind, giving, accomplished man and wonderful role model
  • Eleni Moularas
    To an amazing man. I will miss seeing you At church. You always had an amazing smile and such a positive attitude. You will be missed
  • Eleni moularas  - Will miss your smile
    Ushering and seeing you come to church always made my Sunday so sweet. I will miss your smile and you kindness. You always dressed so dapper and was so nice. You will definitely be missed.
  • Theodora Nikolopoulos Stathopo  - a singular gentleman
    Dear Diane, Susan, Charles, Arthur and families: My heartfelt sympathy for the loss of you father. Words fail to convey the joy and caring that he exuded every time we met. Always a smile, twinkle in his eyes and sharp wit. I will miss him. May his memory be eternal and my God grant you comfort.
  • Herbert C. Decato Jr.
    Sorry to hear of the passing of Arthur, a great patriarch of a wonderful family. Please accept my sincere condolences.
  • Lewis G. Demetroulakos  - A WONDERFUL AND KIND PERSON.
    I have known Arthur Anton since the early 1955, and have never seen him without a smile or a good word about others. MAY HIS MEMORY FOREVER BE ETERNAL. R.I.P. MY DEAR FRIEND.
  • Mehmed Ali  - A true community spirit
    So sorry to see the loss of Mr. Anton... another of Lowell’s greats gone. He was ever-gracious, generous, and truly made a connection with everyone he met. Filled with love for his community, he is really irreplaceable. Hope they write a book about him someday. Rest In Peace my friend.
  • Lianna Kushi & Sovanna Pouv
    We were inspired by Arthur C. Anton leadership and legacy. He's built something that continues to make a different in the lives of so many. Lowell is a lucky place. We send our deepest condolences to the Anton family for their loss.
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