Eleutherios G. “El” Vozeolas died after a brief illness on Tuesday, April 19 in Hyannis MA. Born in Lowell on June 29, 1918, he was the son of Greek immigrants, George and Helen (Ermilios), and grew up in the Acre section of town.
After graduating from Lowell High School in 1937, El followed in his father’s footsteps and became a pharmacist, graduating from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1941. In 1950, El married a Beacon NY girl, Perci Pagones. They raised their two children, George and Marianne at Lowell.
In 1952, El and his younger brother Arthur, also a pharmacist, opened their first pharmacy, Galen Drug in Lowell. El opened a second pharmacy, Galen Liggett-Rexall in Salem, New Hampshire in 1967.
Prior to his retirement in 1990, El was active in the civic and pharmaceutical community. He was president of the Lowell Pharmaceutical Association and a member of the Lowell Welfare Board and the Massachusetts Pharmaceutical Association. El and his brother also invented and patented the TEL-RING, which provided an early method of recording doctor’s orders over the phone to ensure instructions were followed.
In addition to health and science, another great interest was cinema and photography. In 2017, at the age of 98, El received the keys to the town of Lowell, as a thank you for documenting 30 years of significant events in the community. El and Arthur as the Vozeolas Brothers were pioneers, filming many events around Lowell, including Lowell High football games under legendary football coach Ray Riddick. El donated his (and his brother’s) work in films and documentaries to UMass Lowell, which preserved and digitized the films. Their films can be viewed online.
El was also an active member of various clubs, including the Order of AHEPA, a Greek civic organization. Upon retirement, El and Perci moved to West Yarmouth. He was a volunteer aide at Cape Cod Computers for Seniors. El had been a member of the Hyannis Yacht Club since 1987, often officiating races and regattas. He has been recognized many times for his service and dedication to the club. He enjoyed boating and taking his family for walks in Lewis Bay until he hung up his captain’s hat at 84.
El had the uncanny ability to fix anything. On rare occasions, El would need a repairman. There isn’t a tool, gadget, or type of nail that El didn’t have.
El is survived by his son George and his daughters, Gwen and Sara, his daughter Marianne Batgos and her husband Tom, and their son Jim. He is predeceased by his 70-year-old wife, Perci, and siblings Arthur and Ismene Gavalas. El was lucky to have many friends and people who cared for him.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 58 Long Pond Drive, Yarmouth MA. The funeral service will be held at the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Father John Sarantos Way, Lowell on Friday April 29 at 11.30am. Interment will follow at Edson/Westlawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name at St. Michaels the Archangel Orthodox Church, 62 Main St., Cotuit MA 02635.
Notes of comfort can be sent to El’s family at www.chapmanfuneral.com
Posted on April 23, 2022
Posted in Cape Cod Times
Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 58 Long Pond Drive, Yarmouth MA.
April 28, 2022 to 17:00 – 19:00
Funeral service at Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Father John Sarantos Way, Lowell. Interment will follow at Edson/Westlawn Cemetery.
April 29, 2022 to 11:30 AM