GLOUCESTER – Mr. Angelo John Zakas, 87, of Gloucester, beloved husband of the late Barbara (D’Angelis) Zakas, died peacefully, July 3, 2020 at Blueberry Hill Nursing Home following a brief illness.
Born in Peabody he was the youngest of 16 children to the late Aristotle and Helen (Kurakos) Zakas. He was raised and educated in Peabody and was a graduate of Peabody veterans Memorial High School.
An honorably discharged veteran he served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean War.
Upon returning home from serving his country, Mr. Zakas called the Danvers Police Department and asked if they were hiring, they told him to come down to get a look at him and he was hired on the spot. Following his career with the Danvers Police, he began a long career in Real Estate as a licensed real estate broker and as a Constable and Deputy Sheriff. He was still licensed and accredited as a professional in both vocations until his passing.
A longtime resident of Gloucester, Angelo lived an exhilarating life. Full of confidence and ambition, Angelo had many amazing and interesting experiences throughout his life. Always known for his captivating smile and awe-inspiring good looks, in his younger years, he was often mistaken for a movie star or Elvis, with his chiseled chin and beautiful dark hair and complexion. He was Steve McQueen’s body guard during local filming in the late 1960’s and associated with many well-known figures in Massachusetts political and business circles. He was a life member of St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, a member of the St. Vasilios Men’s Club, past President of the Lions Club, a member of the American Legion and V.F.W in Gloucester and an overall outgoing and well-liked man. He enjoyed spending his time at the beach, hosting family and friends and was always up for a game of chance or a good joke and laugh. He found great joy in bringing a smile to others and was devoted to his family.
Angelo is survived by his special niece, care taker and friend, Angel Chase-Randall of Boxford, his daughters, Toni Nacastro of Gloucester and Rene Roley of Illinois, many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and extended family.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held graveside in Calvary Cemetery, 151 Eastern Ave., Gloucester, Friday, July 10th at 12 Noon. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours in the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers, prior to his graveside service, Friday, July 10th from 9 to 11 A.M. All attendees are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing and are respectfully asked for no physical contact with the family. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Angelo’s memory to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuenralservice.com
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