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Rev. Andrew James Demotses

August 16, 1941 - November 17, 2022


Obituary For Rev. Andrew James Demotses

The Rev. Andrew J. Demotses, Pastor Emeritus of St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, Peabody
died peacefully on November 17, 2022. He was born in Stratford, CT., the eldest son of Odysseus and Helen (Savas) Demotses and graduated from Stratford High School in 1959. He then matriculated at Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline where he
completed the 6-year course of study by graduating as valedictorian of his class in 1965. He later received the degree of Master of Sacred Theology, Cum Laude from Yale University. In October of 1966, he was ordained to the priesthood and assigned as Assistant Pastor to Holy Trinity Church in Bridgeport, CT the same church he had grown up in and first heard his calling to serve Christ. After 3 months as an assistant, Fr. Andrew assumed the duties of pastor of St. George’s Church in Norwalk CT.
Less than a year later, His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos, desperate to fill a leadership void, assigned the young priest to the Diocese of Boston as Head Pastor of St. Vasilios Church beginning in January of 1968. Arriving as the youngest priest in the history of St. Vasilios at the age of 26, he remained Head Pastor for 39 years, becoming the longest serving priest in the church’s history. Following his retirement on December 31, 2006, St. Vasilios named him Pastor Emeritus and he continued to serve the parish until his death.

Fr. Andrew was active in both church and local community affairs including an appointment as a
founding delegate to the National Council of Presbyters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, 12 years of service on the Ecclesiastical Court of Boston and five terms as a trustee of Hellenic
College/Holy Cross School of Theology. His service to the larger North Shore community
included 15 years as a trustee of the American Red Cross, chairperson of the Clinical Recourses Committee of the North Shore Children’s Hospital, 14 years as trustee and chairperson of the combined board of Health and Education Services, Inc. which operated programs for acutely troubled adolescents throughout the Commonwealth and served for 18 years as a trustee of the North Shore Medical Center as well as a founding member of its ethics committee.
In 1976, Peabody Mayor Nicholas Mavroulas appointed Fr. Andrew to the board of the Peabody Council on Aging, later becoming chairperson in 1983 for a program that continues to serve the City of Peabody through a wide range of social, recreational, educational, nutritional and transportation services benefitting the elderly population of Peabody. Throughout the 39 years of his pastorate, Fr. Andrew’s service to the community extended over the term of five mayors. Each in turn asked him to serve on many commissions and task forces providing guidance and support. Fr. Andrew also served as a corporator of Salem Hospital, and later, of Partners Healthcare. Following his retirement, Fr. Andrew concentrated on writing and recording of devotional materials for the Archdiocese website and as a result that website now has several hundred of his sermons on the Sunday Gospels along with 500 sermonettes and meditations.

Fr. Andrew is survived by his devoted wife Presvytera Mary (Poulos) Demotses, two sons, James A. Demotses and his wife Karen and Andrew J. Demotses and his wife Christine, along with four grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Peter Demotses and his wife Victoria of Venice, Florida, his sisters-in-law Constandina Louloudes and Stella Cokias both of Winter Park, FL, his brother-in-law William Poulos and wife Yee Poulos and numerous nieces and nephews.

Fr. Andrew will lie in state on Thursday, December 1, 2022, from 4:00 until 8:00 PM in St. Vasilios Church, 5 Paleologos St., Peabody where the public is invited to pay their respects. His Funeral Services will be held at St. Vasilios on Friday, December 2 at 11:00 AM and officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston. Burial will be private. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the St. Vasilios Church Endowment Fund, 5 Paleologos St., Peabody MA 01960 in his memory.

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  • 12/05/2022

    Andy, Jim, Mrs.D - So sorry for your loss. Father Andrew was a good man to us boys and my family, and I always appreciated his kindness and understanding. Hope you are otherwise well during this time. Take care. - Jim Burke

  • 11/29/2022

    Dear Mary and family, Frank and I are so sad to hear of Fr Andy's passing. He always had a smile when we saw Fr on his walks. Prayers for you and your family 🙏🙏

  • 11/27/2022

    One of a kind indeed, a man that was greatly loved and will be missed. May God comfort him in heaven, and his family who remain until we are once again united. My deepest sympathy to the family

  • 11/24/2022

    My sympathy and prayers to the Demotses family. Father Andrew was a great person to my family and our community. With love.

  • 11/23/2022

    Father Andrew, my close friend and confidant, what shall I do without your wonderful words of advice and humor? You were my constant in an ever-changing world and gave me stability where there was upset and uncertainty. I will forever cherish you, our talks, laughs and fears faced. Thank you for being my pal always, especially when I needed a pal the most. I love you. May you rest in peace and may your memory be eternal. See you in paradise, Father. xoxo My deepest sympathy to Presvytera Mary and the Demotses family. My thoughts are with you. Love, -Joanne M. Christ xo

  • 11/23/2022

    Dear Father Andrew and family, I was devastated to hear the news of your passing but know that you are with our almighty God and Savior Jesus Christ. My parents Pat and the late David Lang brought me up in the Greek Orthodox Church, specifically at St. Vasilios and I grew to know and love Father Andrew and Presbytera over the years. Father was always such a kind, loving and giving man. He was always encouraging with his sermons. I will never forget the honor bestowed upon me when I received a church scholarship prior to attending college in Father Andrew's name. I never accepted that honor lightly. Years later I remember fond memories of running into you and Presbytera at Disney World of all places and still have a photo of us from years ago. You've lived a life well lived but I know your family is devastated and to them I wish them God's peace and love in their hearts to help carry them through the most difficult days ahead. Father you always loved everyone but I know you also held a special place in my Dad's heart before he died and also in my Mom's. I don't think anyone can truly replace the fine human being you were. You will be greatly missed. I wish I could be present for your visitation but am currently in Texas. My sincere condolences to the entire Demotses family. In my thoughts and prayers. God speed Father Andrew. We will meet again some day. -Melissa Lang

  • 11/23/2022

    Father, I will always remember your kind words of support, encouragement and love which you shared with me in both the best and worst of times. I will miss you dearly. Rest in peace my dear friend. To the Demotses family please accept my sincere condolences' and may God provide strength in the difficult times ahead. Joanne Tilas

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