“Έφυγε” ο Γιάννης Περγαντής στις 18 Μαρτίου, βυθίζοντας στην υπέρτατη θλίψη την οικογένεια τους συγγενείς και τους φίλους του.
Ο στρατιωτικός με το πλατύ χαμόγελο, ο “moustaki man”/ ο άνθρωπος με το μουστάκι, για τους αγαπημένους του, με καταγωγή από την Καππαριά γιος του Λεωνίδα και της Κατερίνας Περγαντή σύζυγος της Θάλειας Σερεμετίδου και πατέρας τεσσάρων παιδιών, με πλούσια επαγγελματική και κοινωνική δράση στις ΗΠΑ όπου γεννήθηκε και κατοικούσε μόνιμα, αντεξε στην μάχη με την επάρατο μόνο 13 μήνες…
Αλλά όπως συνήθιζε να λέει:
“Δεν λέμε αντίο. Θα τα πούμε αργότερα…”
Καλό ταξίδι Γιάννη Περγαντή. Καλή Αντάμωση.
Θερμά συλλυπητήρια στους οικείους του
Η κηδεία του θα τελεστεί στις 26 Μαρτίου 2021 από τον ελληνορθόδοξο καθεδρικό ναό του Αγίου Γεωργίου Hartford.
John Pergantis, 50 years old of Manchester CT, beloved husband of 25 years to Thalia (Seremetidou) Pergantis, passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021.
John was born and raised in Watertown, MA. He is the son of Katerina Pergantis and Leonidas Pergantis of Watertown, MA and Andros, Greece. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, served for nine years, and was promoted to a Staff Sargent. He received many awards and recognition throughout his military career for outstanding achievements. He later completed his Military career with an Honorable Discharge. John graduated from Watertown High School and completed his Associates from Wentworth Institute of Technology. He continued to receive his Associates in Occupational Studies, Bachelor of Technology and Bachelor of Science degrees from the College of Aeronautics. John was a friend to all that crossed his path. He was known as “Moustaki Man” for his beautiful black mustache and black hair. He loved his family, adored his children and his puppy, Apollo. John moved with his family to Connecticut where he began his career with Pratt and Whitney for over 25 years, ending his tenure as Senior Project Engineer. He was dedicated to his career, showing love and pride towards his work family. John earned many awards, most recently in Recognition of Invention for Patent on Dec 10, 2019 and May 15, 2018. John used to say, “I am an engineer! You pick the best people possible with their talents, skills and knowledge to create the best team!” His family is dedicated stewards of St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Hartford, CT. John was first to volunteer his time and talent as a true steward, especially with his talent and passion for Greek dance. He became one of the dance instructors, teaching children ages 7-18 for eight years. He also volunteered for the festival and anything that needed to get done for his Church. His Church life and passion for his faith was witnessed by his humility. His love for his faith was witnessed by all. John gave his family the opportunity to learn and travel. He loved traveling to Greece with his family and spending time at Agios Oros. Going to the beach, sitting at the terrace during sunset, and driving around the mountains in Paros with the wind blowing were fond memories that will be cherished. He loved visiting his family at the Island of Andros and Katerini, creating laughs and smiles with everyone around him. John battled a rare form of cancer in his last 13 months. He fought to the end until the very last day. With this illness, John taught us how to be humble, how to embrace God, love God, and to have patience and faith. John never gave up the fight as he says, “Sis please boost me up, but I will use my strength and my power.” The cancer took a turn and John fell asleep in the Lord. God gave us a gift of 13 months to create fond memories and laughs that we will cherish forever. He was the most humble, patient, and genuine man. His wisdom, humor, humility, and his mustache legacy will live on through his family and friends. He is survived by his Wife Thalia (Seremetidou) Pergantis, his four children Theano N. Pergantis, Maria C. Pergantis, Leonidas M. Pergantis, Nektaria Pergantis, his parents Katherine Pergantis and Leonidas Pergantis, his three sisters Maria Pergantis, Irene (Kalogridis) Pergantis and Antonia Pergantis and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins in the United States and in Greece. John’s favorite quote was, “Let it be Blessed.” Like John always used to say, “This is not goodbye, but see you later.” Calling hour will be on Friday (March 26) from 10-11 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 433 Fairfield Avenue, Hartford. Burial with military honors will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In Lieu of Flowers donations can be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral 433 Fairfield Avenue Hartford, CT 06114. Memo: In Loving memory of John Pergantis or online at (www.stgeorgecathedral.org) click stewardship button to get to the memorial donation section.