John Koulouvardis Passes Away

NEWPORT - John Harry Koulouvardis, 77, of 52 Charles Street, Newport, RI, formerly of 31-77 35st Astoria, New York, died Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at John Clarke Nursing Home Middletown, Rhode Island.

Born in Newport, RI on August 17, 1927, he was the son of the late Harry C. and Helen (Michalopoulos) Koulouvardis.

John was a 1945 graduate of Rogers High School. Upon his graduation he joined the United States Naval Seebees from 1945 to 1946, during World War II in the Pacific and then re-enlisted in 1951 until 1955 during the Korean War, in French Morocco and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He attended St. Spyridon Greek Church. John attended the Vesper George School of Art in Boston, then the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 1960, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He worked at the former Kenneth Olson Studio of New York City for over 20 years, as a graphic artist. John enjoyed "Charles Dickens" "A Christmas Carol" and had put it to memory. He was a member of the Island of Skiathos Organization of Newport. John considered himself an Opera Aficionado as well as a Historian buff on the Civil War, the Balkan Wars and the Spanish American War. John helped restore artifacts both in Newport and at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. He was an avid vegetable gardener and had won awards for his produce here in Newport. John was also known to help his brother at the family shoe repair store the Rhode Island Shoe Repair on Thames Street, Newport, RI.

He is survived by his brother and sister, George Koulouvardis and Catherine "Katie" Koulouvardis both of Newport, RI; his nephew and niece Harry Koulouvardis of Middletown, RI, and Helen Nelson of Newport, RI; his grandnieces and grandnephew Melissa Nelson of Newport, RI, Christopher Koulouvardis and Katina Koulouvardis both of Middletown, RI; and cousins in Greece and the United States.

His funeral will be held on Friday, April 1, 2005, at 12:00 p.m. in St. Spyridon's Greek Orthodox Church, 390 Thames Street, Newport, RI.

Burial will be in Middletown Cemetery in Middletown, RI.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2005, from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. in the Memorial Funeral Home.

In John's memory please make donations to the St. Spyridon's Greek Orthodox Church, Endowment Fund, 390 Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840.

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