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George Abodeely

Dedicated educator, church leader, and proud family man;
 George Abodeely, 85, of Windham, NH but formerly of Andover and a well known educator in the Tewksbury School system, died Thursday evening at the Grace House in Windham surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Constance A. “Connie” (Coury) Abodeely, with whom he celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on November 14, 2014.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 23, 1930, the son of the late Michael and the late Nahie (Missad) Abodeely, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1948. He went on to graduate from Lowell State Teacher’s College in 1952 with a Degree in Education and received his Master’s in Education from Fitchburg State University. Later, he received Certification from Boston University’s Guidance and Counseling Institute.
 Prior to his retirement, George served as Assistant Principal at the Tewksbury Middle School where he taught for over 24 years. Previously, he served as Guidance Counselor for the Tewksbury School system several years and before that as a teacher at the Foster School in Tewksbury.  George loved interacting with people on a personal basis which explains his having worked two nights a week as a waiter in 6 decades at Bishop’s Restaurant in Lawrence, MA where accumulated quite a following of devoted customers.
 A 32nd Degree Mason with the William Sewall Gardner Lodge, George was also a member of the U.S. Naval Reserves.
 A man of great faith, he was an dedicated member and a past president of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lowell. In addition, he served as a chanter for the church and his community for over 40 years.
 George loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was an avid gardener and spent most of his free time nurturing his vegetable garden, fruit trees and the yard that he treasured.
 Besides his loving wife, George is survived by two daughters Cynthia G. Desmond and her husband John of Andover and Sandra “Sam” L. Cormier and her husband Scott of Windham, NH; two sons Michael G. Abodeely and his wife Lori of Windham, NH and Stephen R. Abodeely and his wife Robin of Nashua, NH.; six grandchildren John Desmond, Jeff Desmond, Melinda Abodeely, Stephen Abodeely, Chelsea Cormier and Brooke Cormier; five great grandchildren Jack, Alex, Owen, Conor and Evelyn; his brother Richard Abodeely of San Diego, CA; and many nieces and nephews.
 He was predeceased by his brother Ned and sisters Miriam Abodeely and Jeannette Lesson.
 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Monday. His Funeral Service will take place Tuesday morning at ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH at 11 o’clock. Burial to follow at the Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 44 Bowers St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.   
Condolences (4)
  • Geoega Abodeely
    I just found out about Mr. Abodeely's passing today. I'm sorry that my response wasn't more timely. My deepest sympathies to the family and especially to Mrs. Abodeely. Love David Saba
  • Gloria (Tareila) Novo  - Favorite teacher
    Mr. Abodeely was my geography teacher at the Center School in 1960 and the first teacher to impress me and gain my respect. I think he knew I was a handful and instead of discipline he made me his helper. I passed out and collected papers and brought things to the principles office. He made me feel important and now at age 68 he is still in my thoughts. I'm sorry for your loss.
  • The White Family  - Condolences
    Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your husband and father. May he rest in peace. The White Family Scott, Barbara, Chris, Brian, and Kerry
  • Joan and Greg Hagopian  - With our Deepest Sympathy to the Abodeely family.
    Dear Abodeely Family. We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our "Beloved" cousin George. He will, always, be remembered as someone in our family who was interested in the well being of all his relatives. He was willing to help whenever and wherever he was needed. He held his "elders" with much respect for which he will,always, be remembered. He will be greatly missed by all of us and we hope that he will be singing in heaven with all the priests as our loved ones enter into our Holy Father's domain. May he rest in peace and may his memory be eternal. We love you all and we are sorry we cannot be their to morn with you, but, you are in our thoughts and prayers. All our love, cousins Joan and Greg
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