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“Dear Ted, How are you?Time flies, I just can not believe we have been known each other for more than 30 years. During these times, no mater where you...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Wei Wang - Nashua, NH - Friend

“Dear Dorothy,So sorry to hear of your father's passing. I remember him from long ago as a "character," and funny. I hope you are doing...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Linda Katseff - Holliston, MA

“The world lost a great person when Ted passed away. Linda and I have known Ted for 21 years when we moved to our current house located across from...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Barry McNeilly - Needham, MA

“Dans ces moments douloureux que tu traverses Susan, je tiens à t'exprimer ainsi qu'à toute ta famille, mes sincères condoléances...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Frederic Monneron - Coworker

“Hi Susan,My condolences. If you father was like you, he must have been one hell of a person. I wish you and your family all the best and remember: no...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Peter D'Hollander

“Diane and Family,So sorry to learn of your dad's passing away. He was quite an accomplished man in addition to being the patriarch of a large, loving...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Stuart Weisman - Princeton, MA

“A warm and friendly man. I always enjoyed time with you. ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Nick Pappas - Concord, MA

“Diane (Dr. K.) and family:So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts.Mike and Claire Fallon ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Michael/Claire Fallon - MA

9 of 13 | Posted by: Michael/Claire FALLON - MA

“The very best of men....I am so fortunate to have had him as a relative by marriage and to have enjoyed his sterling company and character for thirty...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Bud Johnson - Naples, FL

“Dear Diane, my deepest condolences for the loss of your father, may your family be comforted by the years of shared family times together. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Flannery - MARLBOROUGH, MA

“I only knew Ted briefly...meeting him when he moved into The Willows at Worcester. What a wonderful "young" man! We would talk about his children,...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: jodi dromgoole - MA - Friend

“Dad, My best friend,My memories will always picture the twinkle from your eyes.What you have taught me, I will share with my children.Your famous...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Dean Alexandrou - Worcester, MA

Trenton "Ted" Nicholas Karalekas, 93, of Needham and Worcester passed away peacefully on March 30, 2018, after a period of declining health. His daughters were at his side.

Ted was born on October 28, 1924 in Cambridge, the son of Nicholas and Dionysia (Constantine) Karalekas and was reared in Portland, ME. He served in the US Army during WW II and graduated from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME) in 1950. Ted married the love of his life, Georgia (Stamatos) Karalekas, on June 25, 1950, and together they settled in Portland, where he joined the family business of prominent restaurateurs. In 1966, Ted, Georgia, and their three daughters moved to Needham, where he lived for over 50 years. His loving wife, Georgia, passed away in 1978.

Ted's move to Needham enabled him to complete a Master of Education degree at Framingham State University and pursued a career in elementary school education. He taught in the Quincy public schools for over 30 years.

In 2016 Ted moved to the Willows, a retirement community for independent living in Worcester, to be near his family. He cherished the time he spent with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Despite his many accomplishments in life, Ted was a humble man who was known for his captivating personality, sense of humor, gift of conversation and generosity. He loved music, art, nature and food. He was well read and traveled the world, thus making him well versed in a variety of topics, with a breadth and wealth of knowledge. He had a passion for travel, and as soon as he returned from one trip, he was booking his next trip. He was not only interested in his own travels, but also loved hearing details about other people's travels. Ted loved going to the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, and the National Parks, but most of all, the Maine coast, particularly Boothbay Harbor, where he was fortunate to celebrate his 90th birthday in 2014 with four generations of his family.

Ted was a longtime member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Weston and a 70-year member of the Masonic Lodge, having achieved the rank of Master Mason in 1946.

Ted is survived by his three loving daughters and their husbands, Dorothy K. Whalen and Thomas P. Whalen of Greenville, SC, Susan A. Karalekas and Nickolas Lupinin of Swanzey, NH, and Diane P. Karalekas and Dean G. Alexandrou of Worcester, his grandchildren, Elizabeth Schuster, David Schuster, James Whalen, Christian Alexandrou, and Danae Alexandrou, and great grandchildren, Gabriela Lopez and Eduardo Lopez.

In keeping with Ted's wishes, a small family funeral was held. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers or gifts, memorial donations be made in Ted's honor to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 57 Brown Street, Weston, MA, 02493 or online by using the St. Demetrios Online Donation Form link.

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