John Pergantis

November 9, 1970March 18, 2021

The Celebration of Life of John Pergantis

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 ( click stewardship button to get to the memorial donation section.


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Rita Scuris

March 25, 2021

Dear Thalia and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you all strength in your time of loss. May Yannis memory be eternal.

Tony Valenti

March 25, 2021

You were a good friend. I'll miss our lunchtime walks talking about any subject that came to mind. We had some good debates. Your knowledge of history was amazing.

I’ll never forget how enthusiastic you were about applying for & receiving our patents. I’m forever grateful for what you did. The patents will live on long after we are all gone. It’s bittersweet that we received our patent plaques less than a month ago.

To the Pergantis family: Our deepest condolences from the Valenti family.

Andres Chaparro’s comments are so true. You are a good soul.

Rest in Peace……

Andres Chaparro

March 25, 2021

How do you recognize a good soul? I believe a person has a good soul when he / she extends his / her helpful hand to others without expecting nothing in return. When I started my job in the same department as John, John did just that… He extended his hand and offered unconditional help at every step. He not only was there with you… he was happy and eager to be there with you and help you all the way through without expecting nothing in return… John was a good Soul… John IS a good Soul… When I think of him, my heart fills with sadness for his early departure… but it also gives me peace to think that he is at better place… John, you will surely be missed by all of us.

Michael Weidler

March 25, 2021

Also known as "Captain Morgan" among his friends at Pratt and Whitney. John will be deeply missed.

Norbert Aube

March 25, 2021

To John’s family,
I am so sorry and sad to hear about the passing of your husband and father John. John was smart and a hard worker. I was John’s welding engineer when John worked in Pratt & Whitney Dept. 109 welding. He became a very good welder in a short time. He helped make me a N.E. Patriots fan. May God be with you during this most difficult time. God Bless you and John.

Norbert Aubé

Randy and Jennifer Johnson

March 23, 2021

We are both so sorry to see a man who loved his family, his life , his work, and most importantly our Lord taken from us far too soon. May his family be blessed with happy memories and may their grief be eased. May they know that we are there for them in whatever trials may befall them. May they also know that we are there to celebrate and share the memories and the happy times as well. For Thalia and the children we are here for you always and for whatever. You need only ask and we will be there in any way we can. May God bless and keep you in this time and may every tomorrow be better than yesterday. We love you and we are so sorry

Dennise Palioglou

March 23, 2021

Dearest Thalia and the entire Pergantis Family,
Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved John. He was a wonderful man, and was deeply loved by all, especially by his Nonos Iordanis Palioglou. I know they are together again in the Glory of our Lord. We remember all the good times we had together.
May his memory be eternal.

Much Love,
Jason Forret and Dennise Palioglou

john Sahnas

March 23, 2021

Thalia and children, we are incredibly saddened by the news and deeply sorry for your loss. May God grant him eternal peace.

John and Sophia Sahnas

Peter Lambrukos

March 22, 2021

Thalia and the Children I am deeply saddened to hear of John’s passing, he was a solid gold individual.... I have nothing but the fondest memories of John. May his memory be eternal