William N. Kaltsas, 102, of Stamford and formerly of Cape Coral, FL, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at Stamford Hospital. He was born in Manchester, NH on February 1, 1921 to the late Nicholas and Despina Kaltsas.
Bill was born in New Hampshire, but raised in Greece in the mountain town of Kastraki, famous for the Monasteries of Meteora. He returned to the US in the 1930’s and joined the CCC-Civilian Conservation Corps, where he fought forest fires and built roads out West. Once the war started, he enlisted with the Army Air Force and was trained in the new top secret radar. Bill received three Invasion Stars, New Guinea, Biak Island and the Phillipines. He never spoke about the war, only about his pet monkey, Susu and the PX. After the war, he became a restauranteur in New York City having several establishments, among them, the Fashion Coffee Shop, The Kings Pub and the Egyptian Gardens.
Bill and his beloved wife, Helen traveled the world together, but his favorite place was home. They moved to Cape Coral, Florida and lived there for over 25 years. Bill was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was known as Papou, and supported them in all their interests and endeavors while attending games and graduations all over the country. His kindness, generosity and sense of humor will be greatly missed and he is now reunited with his beloved wife, Helen in heaven. May his memory be eternal.
William is survived by his loving children, Diana Hughes and her husband Peter of Stamford, Sandy Kaltsas and her husband Ron of Masapequa, NY and Charles Kaltsas and his wife Karen of Goffstown, NH. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Timothy Hughes and his wife Kara, Lauren Connolly, Ryan Hughes and his wife Christine, Billy Oliver and his wife Lynn and Eddie Oliver and his wife Danielle, as well as his great grandchildren, Kora, Liam, Parrish, William, Anastasia, Becca, Ryan, Justin, Julia and Brianna and great great grandchildren, Noelle and Alexander.
Besides his parents, William was also predeceased by his wife Helen Kaltsas.
A funeral service will be celebrated on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 10:00 AM at the Church of the Archangels, 1527 Bedford Street, Stamford. Calling hours will be for one hour starting at 8:30 – 9:30 AM before the funeral service. Interment will be held at a later date in FL.
In lieu of flowers, the Kaltsas family requests that donations be made in William’s memory to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW or the Church of the Archangels, Stamford.
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