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Charles J. Koshivas, 96, husband of the late Maria G. (Markos) Koshivas, died peacefully at his home after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family on Monday morning November 13, 2017.
Born in Medway on February 28, 1921 he was the son of the late James and Nicoletta (Mehos) Koshivas.
Charlie was raised on an apple orchard in Medway, Massachusetts. He was a farmer at heart as much as by trade. He ran the family farm from age 13 during The Great Depression through World War II. Charlie developed an unparalleled work ethic, an unwavering gratitude for life and a life-long commitment to learning. Charlie attended Ben Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston. He established his own refrigeration business for 25 years, Ipswich Refrigeration, which he eventually ran with his son, Jim. Charlie’s natural curiosity in “how things worked” was contagious. He loved to share his knowledge with others. He became certified to teach HVAC at the Whittier and Shawsheen Vocational Schools. At age 72, he was not ready to retire from working. He then began teaching HVAC at the Middleton County House of Correction, driving himself to his job at the prison until the age of 86 when he retired.
Charlie’s commitment to his students and passion for his work positively influenced the course of dozens of young men’s lives. He kept a scrapbook with dozens of students' letters from school and prison thanking him for his kindness. Charlie was very fulfilled in his work. A favorite expression of his was “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life." Above all, Charlie valued his family. He would say he was the ‘richest man in the world’ always surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who loved and admired him as much as he loved them. Charlie enjoyed simple hobbies: watching nature, puttering in his shed or basement, vegetable gardening and the annual family trip to the White Mountains during foliage season. He enjoyed making homemade wine in his cellar. In his later years he could be found around the kitchen table spending the evening working on a jigsaw puzzle, playing chess with a grandson, or playing cribbage with family members and his cherished caregiver, Helen, who became like a member of our family. His family will miss him terribly.
Mr. Koshivas is survived by his four children and their spouses, Sandra and Cushing Titcomb, Margot and Joe Ciccotelli, James and Vikki Koshivas, George and Ann Marie “Rhea” Koshivas, all of Ipswich; 10 grandchildren, Andrew and Polly Titcomb, Joseph and Charles Ciccotelli, Suzanne and Daniel Clements, Amanda, Charles, James and William Koshivas; seven great-grandchildren, Ellis and Elena Rogers, Gracen Barrett, Aubrie and Elise Titcomb, Joenaiy Ciccotelli and Jordan Clements. Mr. Koshivas was predeceased by his sister, Ethel Taylor and his two brothers, George and John Koshivas.
A funeral service will be held Saturday November 18th. at 10 a.m. at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Ipswich. Burial will follow in the Highland Cemetery, 29 Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Visiting hours will be Friday, November 17th. from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Morris Funeral Home, 45 North Main Street, Ipswich, relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Mr. Koshivas’ name to: the Greek Orthodox Church of Ipswich, P.O. Box 6, Ipswich, MA 01938. For directions or to leave a condolence to the Koshivas family please go to MorrisFH.com.
Published on  November 15, 2017
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