He was born in Anopolis, Sfakia, on the Island of Crete, in Greece, Dec. 2, 1933, son of Kosta and Sophia (Marangoudakis) Glimenakis. Early years were spent on the Island of Crete, and after entering the Greek Merchant Marines and traveling to various world ports, he immigrated to America at the age of 17, in 1950. He lived in Springfield, Mass., for a brief period before meeting and falling in love with his future wife.
On Feb. 27, 1955, he married Irene Catherine Pappachristodoulou in a ceremony at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Holyoke, Mass. Together they started their family in Chicopee, Mass. They celebrated 59 years of marriage before her death in October of 2014.
In 1978, he, along with his sons, opened the first Athens Pizza, in Walpole. They opened the Keene store in the early 1980s. He was the voice of the Greek community on the radio waves of WKBK/WXOD, hosting his weekly radio segment â€śThe Greek Voiceâ€ť for over 10 years. His personal greetings as families entered his restaurants were customary. He was always there, and knew everyone as they came through the door. He built relationships with the people who came to his restaurant, learning each personâ€™s story, and making them feel welcome. That was, and is, his restaurants’ legacy and success. He helped those that worked in the restaurant, those that came through the door and those throughout his community in times of need. A highlight for him came in 1979, when he and his boys were involved in the making of a movie called â€śKing of Americaâ€ť; each had a part and each part created a lasting memory.
He was a longtime member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Keene. He took a lot of pride in his Greek heritage; he had a huge love of his family and Keene, the town he called home. He took care of his house, his yard and his gardens.
He is survived by his six sons, along with their families, and 14 grandchildren. Survivors include Charles Glimenakis of Keene and his companion, Sharon Adams, of Swanzey and his children, Kara, Nicholas and Kristopher; James Glimenakis and his companion, Sue Parry, of Swanzey and his children, Alethia and Stefanie; William Glimenakis and his wife, Haroula, and their children, Andreas, Eirini and Efstratia, of Leominster, Mass.; Anthony Glimenakis and his wife, Maria, and their children, Andreas and Chrysovalandi, of Keene; Christopher Glimenakis and his wife, Fotini, and their children, Erene, Kanella and Demetroula, of Keene; and Harry Glimenakis and his wife, Holly, and their son, Andreas, of Leominster, Mass.; two daughters-in-law, Sue Davis-Glimenakis and Kathleen Glimenakis, both of Keene; a sister, Evangelia Frangostefanakis and her husband, Yiannis, of Xania, Crete, Greece; and a brother, Nikos Glimenakis of Montreal, Canada; as well as several nephews, nieces and cousins.
His loving wife, Irene C. Glimenakis; and a brother, Manouso Glimenakis, both died earlier.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 70 West St., Keene. Burial will follow at Monadnock View Cemetery in Keene.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4 until 7 p.m. at Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro St., KeeneÂ (www.fletcherfuneralhome.com).
Memorial donations will be graciously appreciated in Mr. Glimenakis’ name to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, PO Box 392, Keene 03431.