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Angelo "Vago" Metaxatos
September 10, 1923 - April 21, 2022
Obituary For Angelo "Vago" Metaxatos
Angelo “Vago” Metaxatos, 98, of Danvers, died Thursday April 21 at the Beverly Hospital following a brief illness. He was the devoted husband of the late Stamation “Lena” Metaxatos and the guiding North Star of his four children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
One of four sons of the late Harry Metaxatos, Sr and Anastasia Metaxatos, immigrants from Greece,vVago was born and raised on the North Shore of Massachusetts in the midst of the Great Depression. All four sons fought for their country in World War II, but only 3 would return. After he was injured by a German rocket, Angelo was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1945. On the Fourth of July the
same year, he married the love of his life, Lena. They would stay happily married and in love for over 60 years.
After the war, Vago worked for Central Leather in Peabody, until he could no longer bear the smell or the cruel working conditions. Vago then worked for many years as a machinist for the Babco Company in Danvers where he built jet airplane engines and a reputation for solving problems that baffled even the engineers from General Electric.
Though Vago’s parents forced him to drop out of high school to go to work, he took pride in educating himself and never stopped learning. Vago was an avid reader of newspapers, magazines and books, and his mind was sharp as a razor until the end. Vago was a Mason and member of the Jordon Lodge. He loved fishing and was a pretty good bowler. But the thing in this world he was most proud of was his
family. Every Fourth of July the Metaxatos family would come together to celebrate America, Vago and Lena’s love, and to be together as a family.
Vago is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Harry and Kitsa Metaxatos of Waxhaw, NC, his son Nickolas Metaxatos of Danvers, his daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Rick Knowlton of Peabody and his daughter Anna Karazurna of Tucson, AZ. He was Papou to seven grandchildren, George Knowlton, Valarie Magee, Troy Belanger, George Karazurna, and Evan, Peter, and Ari Metaxatos. Vago was great Papou to seven great grandchildren, Ashley, Chloe, and Andrew Magee, Bryana and Ryan Belanger, and Rosemary and Margot Metaxatos. Vago is also survived by many more distant relatives who were nevertheless, close family, and always felt at home in his presence. Besides his beloved wife, he was predeceased by his three brothers, Louis, Harry Jr, Anthony Metaxatos, and his son-in-law Angelo Karazuna.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM followed by his Funeral Service at 12:00 PM at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St, Peabody to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody.
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Angelo ( Vargo) as we knew him for over 50 years ,had a wonderful sense of humor. He always had a smile on his face. His family was everything to him , and Lena was the love of his life . May you now enjoy eternity with Lena . Thanks for an album of wonderful trip memories with you and Lena
A wonderful man, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather who I had the fortunate opportunity to get to meet and know him in the last few years that he welcomed me into his family which I am forever grateful. Thank you Angelo/Papou and God bless you as you watch over your amazing family that loves you.
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