John E. Mandravelis
John E. Mandravelis
  • December 18, 1926 - May 21, 2011
  • Nashua, New Hampshire

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John E. Mandravelis, 84, of Nashua, died May 21, 2011 at the Southern NH Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born on December 18, 1926 in Nashua, the youngest of four sons of Evangelos and Fotini Mandravelis. He was a lifelong resident of the Gate City, educated in the Nashua School System, graduating from Nashua High School.

He was self-employed as a sign painter and was the owner/operator of JM Signs. From a young age, his talent and creativity was sought out by many to hand paint signs from billboard size to smaller storefront hand lettered signs. Much of his artistry can still be seen in the Nashua area.

John was a US Army veteran and served with the 6929th ASU SV detachment from March 1946 to April 1947. He was awarded the Victory Medal.

John enjoyed sports and was an accomplished boxer having won the State Light Heavyweight Division
Championship 12 times and was also a 6 time Golden Gloves Champion. He also served as a boxing coach with the Police Athletic League boxing program in Nashua.

Members of his family include his two sons, Dana Mandravelis of Litchfield and Kyle Mandravelis of Nashua; his five grandchildren, Johnathan, Joshua, Jesse, Faith and Seth Mandravelis; his great-granddaughter, Ariya Fero; his brother, Christos Mandravelis of Rochester, NY; his sister-in law , Pauline Mandravelis; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. John had many close, lifelong friends. He was predeceased by two brothers Zack Mandravelis and George "Mandy" Mandravelis.

A calling hour was held on Wednesday May 25, 2011 from 10 to 11AM in St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church 500 W. Hollis St. Nashua 03062 followed by a Funeral Service at 11AM. Burial with military honors followed in Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashua. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in John's name be made to St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church. .