Michael A. Kallas

Michael KallasMichael A. Kallas, 74, of Danbury, husband of Bernadette (Frade) Kallas, died on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Danbury Hospital.

A Danbury native, Mike was born January 26, 1941, son of Paul and Genevieve (Pannozza) Kallas. He attended Danbury schools, a graduate of Danbury High School of 1958, attained a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University in 1963 and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic School of Engineering in 1965.

He was a U.S. Army veteran attaining the rank of Second Lieutenant.

A lifelong Danbury resident, Mr. Kallas was a local real estate entrepreneur.

Mr. Kallas was active in the Danbury community and his parish, the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.

As an active member of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, he served on various committees and was currently the president of the parish council. Mr. Kallas was a member of the Friends of the Danbury Museum and Historical Society and was a past board member, Danbury Hospital Development Fund, Danbury Downtown Council and a former corporator of the Union Savings Bank.

A member of the Danbury Lions Club, Mr. Kallas was a past president, a member of the Scholarship Committee, Homeless Connect Committee and the Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament Committee. He was active is the raising of funds to obtain a thermal imagining camera presented to the Danbury Fire Dept. on behalf of the Danbury Lions Club. Mr. Kallas was a recipient of the Progressive Melvin Jones Award, Knights of the Blind Award and was named Lion of the Year.

A man of great tenacity, commitment to his family, church, community and friends, accompanied with his zeal for life, he will be sorely missed.

In addition to his wife Berni of forty-nine years, Mike is survived by two sons, Gregory M. Kallas of Danbury and Scott M. Kallas and his wife, Heather of Skaneateles, NY; a daughter, Melanie A. Kallas-Ricklefs and her husband, Jeffrey of Olympia, Washington; a sister, Rosalie M. Kallas of Monroe, CT and four grandchildren, Ryker, Matthew Veronica and Alea.

The Rite of Burial will take place on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Road (Rt. 39N), Danbury with the Rev. Peter Karloutsos officiating.

Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury.

Friends will be received at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church on Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Trisagion Prayer Service will take place on Sunday evening at 6 O’clock.

The Danbury Lions Club will assemble at the church at 3:45 p.m. to participate in the Lions Club Service at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury 006811, Danbury Lions Club Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 461, Danbury 06813-0461 , Danbury Museum & Historical Society, 43 Main St., Danbury 06810 or to a charity of one’s own choosing.

Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

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