William J. Cocoris

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William J. Cocoris, Former Owner of Athens Olympia Restaurant

Bill Cocoris passed away peacefully on July 26 at the age of 90.  Born in Dorchester and a livelong resident of Quincy and Milton, for over 50 years Bill owned and ran the landmark Athens Olympia restaurant in Boston’s Theatre District, a gathering place for Boston’s entertainment, medical, and media communities for several generations. As Jack Thomas wrote in the Boston Globe in 1989, the Athens was “the best Greek restaurant in Boston for three-quarters of a century…The understated good taste at the Athens was a reflection of the man who ran it most of this century, Bill Cocoris of Milton.” Bill was a passenger on the infamous TWA flight 847 that was hijacked in 1985 on its returns from Athens. A few days after he was released Thomas sent Bill a note that said, “if the terrorists had tasted your roast shoulder of lamb, they never would have let you go.”

Bill had many passions in his life and pursued each with energy, determination and vigor.  Proud of his Greek heritage, he maintained a residence outside of Athens and travelled to Greece regularly. Bill also was a founding member of St Catherine’s Orthodox Church in Braintree and a member of the American Hellenic Progressive Association (AHEPA,). A lifelong sailor, Bill was a member of the Savin Hill Yacht Club for over 76 years.  Also, an avid sports fan, he was one of the original season ticker holders of the (then) Boston Patriots and a regular attendee at Pats games.  Even a cardiac arrest while skiing at Stratton Mtn. at the age of 78 caused only a temporary pause before he was back skiing on the same mountain less than 2 years later, a sport he continued well into his 80s.  He enjoyed his home at Marina Bay and the friendships he made there. He never stopped living life to the fullest and his love of life was infectious and a joy to all who knew him.

 

He leaves his beloved wife Paula (Zafferes) Cocoris;  his devoted children Christa Cocoris Ayoub and her husband Joseph of Milton and John Cocoris and his partner Monika Poulin of Warwick, RI; loving papou of JC Cocoris, Jamie Cocoris and Nikki Ayoub;  loving sister Helen Shea of Duxbury, MA, his former wife Matia Sculos; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 from the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., Milton, MA at 9:00 am followed by Services in St. Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Church, 119 Common St., Braintree, MA at 10:00 am. Visiting hours Monday at the funeral home from 4 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN  38105.  Burial Milton Cemetery.