Andover — Michael F. Paicopolos, of Andover (formerly of Somerville and Woburn), September 29, 2012. He was born in Stoneham, one of nine children born to Greek immigrants, the late George and Bella Paicopolos. Mike spent most of his years residing in Woburn and Somerville.
He was a star athlete at Woburn High School, serving as captain of the varsity football team in 1938. He also played semi-professional baseball. Mike was active in sports his whole life, serving as a coach and president of the Somerville Little League in the 1960s.
During World War II, he served as a sergeant in Patton’s Third Army as it moved through France and Germany.
Returning from the war, he worked at MIT’s Barta Building in Cambridge, helping in the construction of the revolutionary Whirlwind Computer, the first modern digital computer. Mike’s name appears on a tribute to the Whirlwind at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. He later moved on to MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory and then the MITRE Corporation in Bedford, where he worked until his retirement.
In 1968, he ran as the Republican nominee for the Massachusetts State Senate from the Third Middlesex District. For many years, he was an active board member of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Woburn. After retirement, he was a volunteer for the United Way.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 67 years, Irene, also of Andover. He also leaves behind his son Ernest, daughter-in-law Gail Bloom and grandson Adam Bloom-Paicopolos, all of Andover. He is survived by four sisters; Janet Paleologos of Woburn, Mary Vespucci of Winchester, Helen King of Woburn and Marie Manzi of Methuen. He is survived by one bother, Harold Paicopolos of Woburn. He was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers; Rose Smithell, Spiro Paicopolos and Peter Paicopolos. He also leaves behind many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: His Funeral Mass was celebrated in the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Avenue, Woburn, Wednesday, October 3 at 11 a.m. Calling hours were held in the Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home, 390 North Main Street, Andover, Tuesday, October 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment was privately held. For additional information, please visit, www.burkemagliozzi.com.