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Konstantinos B. “Kooch” Fokas, 89

    Konstantinos B. “Kooch” Fokas, 89 of Milford, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2018 at University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. He was the husband of Ismini “Mina” (Tzifopoulou) Fokas for 60 years. He was born in Milford, son of the late Basilos and Marika (Mangiaris) Fokas and was a lifelong Milford resident. Kooch was a graduate of the Milford High School class of 1946 and also attended the Burdett College in Boston where he received a degree in accounting.    

     Kooch, along with his wife, Mina, owned and operated The Crystal Spa in Milford for over 75 years. He was known as a legend in Milford. He was recognized for his hard work, devotion to family and the love for the community.  His famous hot dogs were a staple in town and were enjoyed by many generations. The Crystal Spa wasn’t just a place for a delicious hot dog, lime rickey or special of the day, but a second home and comfort for all who frequented it. After his retirement, he was employed as a greeter at Friendly’s Restaurant in Milford, the Breakfast Bar at Imperial Ford in Mendon, and most recently at New England Steak House in Mendon.   

     In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Marika Fokas Sannicandro and her husband Alfred Sannicandro of Milford, Daniel Fokas and his wife Barbara of Milford and three grandchildren, Alexandra Sannicandro, Nicole Fokas and Danielle Fokas. He was predeceased by his brothers James Fokas and Daniel Hallas.

    The Funeral will be held Friday April 27, 2018 at 10 A.M. in the St. Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church 9 Central St. Marlborough Ma. The burial will follow in the Vernon Grove Cemetery on Depot St in Milford.

    The Calling hours will be held Thursday from 4 to 8 P.M. at the Consigli Ruggerio Funeral Home 46 Water St. Milford MA.

     In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St. Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, 9 Central St. Marlboro, MA 01752

Guest Book

To Konstantino's family and friends, please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. It's so hard to lose someone we love, but the seeming finality of death is what makes it especially difficult. Job 14:14,15 gives us confidence that Jehovah God yearns to bring back to life the dead who are preserved in his memory. The Bible gives us a wonderful hope of living in a paradise on earth and seeing the resurrection of our dead loved ones. (Luke 23:43; John 5:28,29) May this bring you some comfort and strength, remembering that soon God will wipe away our tears and swallow up death forever. (Isaiah 25:8)

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. He was a great man and his influence lives on. I worked at the Crystal Spa while in high school in the 60's. The lessons I was taught about life and work stuck with me through my lifetime career in the hospitality industry. I was but a blip in his life but he passed on much in the short time I got to work there.
Bob Peters

Daniel and family, so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our prayers.
Christopher and Mary Duggan

Mina & Family, So So Sorry to hear of Kooch's passing, we were away and just have come back to hear of this very very sad news. When I hear the Names Kooch & Mina it brings me back to all the wonderful times spent at the Crystal Spa and seeing both of you with wonderful smiles, laughter throughout the spa and eating the Legend's famous hot dog and drinking a lime rickeys with my Dad & Brother. Great Great Guy! Forever In Our Hearts. Hearts & Prayers are with all of you.
Cheryl Pasacane-Guilmain

We were saddened to hear of your loss. I remember Kooch very well. He was a very warm gentleman. My dad, Ted Vasos owned Duffy’s Diner on Rt 140. He often visited Kooch at the spa and would take me with him for a hot dog and shake. My husband Jim Peltekis owned King Ford. He too knew your Koich and often had lunch at the spa. Our condolences to the family. May his memory be eternal ! Zoo se sas! Betty and Jim Peltekis
Betty Peltekis

So sorry for your loss Mina who is a great man the best love you guys. Barbara
So sorry for9your loss Mina who is a great man the

It was a pleasure to see Mina and Kooch nearly every day. He was like everyone’s Dad. Rest comfortably in the arms of the Lord, Kooch.
Cheryl Moffi

Mina, Danny and Family, I'm so truly sorry and saddened by your tremendous loss. I always looked forward to seeing and talking to Kooch through the years. Whether at breakfast with my father and Uncle John, at Friendly's, visiting friends at Atria or most recently at the Steakhouse he always had a welcoming hug and a smile that lit up the room. He was a special man who will be missed dearly. Kooch, Rest In Peace ♥
Karen (Mooradian) Corbin

As a past member of the Crystal Spa staff I can say with certainty that Kooch's contribution reached far beyond his immediate loving family. Dozens perhaps hundreds of high schoolers were mentored at the Spa. A first job in a small town can be a transformative experience. Kooch and Mina were terrific employers; both creating a stern yet friendly work environment for young people. For all the Spa employees of the past, allow me to say goodbye old friend, thank you and god bless you for all you have done for so many.
Jim Alves

Alexandra, so very sorry for your loss. Keep memories close to your heart. Xoxo
Suzanne Buckley

Mina, I was heartbroken when I heard the news.....I am so very sorry but draw happiness in the memories of Crystal Spa, our chats and the pleasure of seeing the two of you together and so in love. May God bless his soul and may he continue to watch over you .
Sending love and prayers, Katie LeBlanc

So sorry. Like a dad to me. Take care
Jim Chapman

And the moment I realized that I will no longer hear your voice, your laughter, your loving and wise advice, then and just then the world has collapsed on me for the umpteenth time. You have been able to accept me and make me feel part of your family. You and Mina were my strength, in my dark moments. To my friend with all my love ... "I believe there is only one form of greatness for man. If a man can fill the gap between life and death. I mean, if he can live even after he's dead, then maybe he was a great man. For me, the only success, the only greatness, is immortality. " (James Dean) Goodbye Kooch I will miss you so much!
Aurora (Italy)

I am so sorry to hear of Kooch's passing. He and Mina always welcomed my daughter and me and made us feel like family. We enjoyed many many delicious lunches at the Crystal Spa. My heart goes out to you all. You are in my prayers.
Anne Crisafulli

Marika, So sorry for your loss.
Lynne Fastoso Fleming

Thinking about you guys. Have the best memories of Papou and Alex and will cherish them. Love you all

Kooch was a legend in Milford. He and Mina’s friendship was always first and foremost. The delicious food they served was a bonus. I was a regular customer for many years there for lunch and they both made me feel like a relative rather than a customer. Your kindness will never be forgotten. May God keep your soul and bless your family
Mark Wyspianski

So sorry for your loss. I knew Kooch because I was a bank teller and would often help him with his transactions. Such a good guy!! 😞💔
Mary Brodeur/TD Bank

I am so very sorry for your loss, for the towns loss. He was cherished dearly!

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