Published in The Capital Gazette on Jan. 26, 2017
Alexander James Vouzikas
Alexander "Alex" James Vouzikas, 85, of Gardner, MA,
died peacefully Saturday, January 21, 2017, in Heywood
Hospital of Gardner, MA.
Born in Washington, D.C. on May 17, 1931, he was the
son of the late James A. and Ellen L. (Lynard) Vouzikas. Alexander graduated from
Anacostia High School of Washington, D.C., with the Class of 1950. He earned
his Bachelor's Degree in International Relations and Political Science in 1964 from
the University of Maryland, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
He received his Master's Degree in Government Administration from the University
of Colorado in 1975.
Alexander was a United States Korean War Coast Guard Veteran. He served from
1951 through 1954, and received the Good Conduct Medal.
He taught Management courses at Mount Wachusett Community College of
Gardner from 1989 through 2009. He was the Director of Aquatics for the Anne
Arundel County Parks and Recreation Department from 1964 through 1988, and he
previously worked for the Washington and Athens Greece Central Intelligence
Agency for seven years. Alexander was a member of the American Legion Post
129 of Gardner, Past President and member of the Board of Trustees for the
Gardner Museum, Board of Directors for the Knowlton Foundation, member of the
Chair City Club of Gardner, and member of the Wednesday Golf League of the
Gardner Municipal Golf Course.
He enjoyed golfing, reading and playing tennis. Alexander was an avid swimmer
who participated and received medals in the Senior Olympics in 1986 and 1987.
He also officiated swim meets at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, and was a
volunteer for the Special Olympics.
Alexander leaves his wife of 57 years, Rebecca (Kiosses) Vouzikas, of Gardner,
MA; two daughters, Anastasia Vx. Colby and her husband, Will, of E. Rindge, NH,
and Christina K. Vouzikas, of Gardner, MA; four grandchildren, Alexis Chestine,
Nicholas Boudreau, Linnea and Toria Colby; niece, Ellen Gosselin, and nephew,
He was predeceased by his sister, Zoe Defonzo.
Funeral Services and burial with Military Honors will be held Tuesday, January 31st,
at 1:00 p.m., in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen
Street, Winchendon, MA. Calling hours will be held Monday, January 30th, from
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols Street,
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ,
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to the Salvation Army, 72 Cambridge
Street, Worcester, MA 01603.
Boucher Funeral Home Inc
110 Nichols St
Gardner, MA 01440