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 Dr. William  Chigas,  DMD

Dr. William G. "Bill" Chigas, DMD

Tuesday, November 14th, 1933 - Monday, February 10th, 2020
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Obituary

KENNEBUNK Dr. William “Bill” G. Chigas, DMD, 86, of Kennebunk, ME, formerly of Lowell, MA, died peacefully Monday morning, February 10, 2020, at York Hospital following a period of failing health.

Bill was born on November 14, 1933, in Lowell, MA, the youngest of three sons born to Greek immigrant parents Dr. George V. and Aristea Rhangos Chigas. Bill is a graduate of Lowell High School, where he was active in the Boy Scouts and played on the football team.

He continued his education at Tufts University and earned his DMD from Tufts Dental School in 1959. Upon his graduation, he joined the US Army, serving as a captain in the Dental Corps in Germany. He always considered his three-year tour in Germany as one of the best periods of his life.

After returning from Europe, he started a successful dental practice in Lowell and later moved to Chelmsford, where he stayed for 30 years until his retirement in 1991.

He and Margaret, his wife of 34 years, began their retirement in Moody, ME, in the early 1990s. They lived briefly in Savannah, GA, before returning to Wells and eventually making their home in Kennebunk.

A longtime member of Rotary, he initially joined the Lowell and Chelmsford Rotary Clubs and later served as president of the Wells Rotary Club. He was previously a member of Savannah South Rotary and at the time of his death Kennebunk Rotary Club. Bill was a rare member that attained a 50-year perfect attendance record.

In retirement, Bill enjoyed woodworking and has created many pieces of fine furniture over the years. He loved classical music and was a patron of the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

He is survived by his wife Margaret Chigas of Kennebunk, two sons George Chigas of Acton, MA, and Charles Chigas of New York, NY, two step-daughters Katie Ramage of Escondido, CA, and Barbi Ramage of Ashville, NC, as well as four grandchildren; John and Arthur (George’s children); and, Olivia and Sebastian (Charles’ children), as well as several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held 5- 7 PM Wednesday February 12, 2020, at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St. Kennebunk. A funeral mass will be held at 2 PM Thursday, February 13, 2020, at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 186 Bradley St. Saco, ME. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Lowell, MA, at a future date.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Rotary Foundation, https://my.rotary.org/en/donate C/O Kennebunk Rotary Club, PO Box 888 Kennebunk, ME, 04043 in Bill’s memory.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Bibber Memorial Chapel-Kennebunk
    Address
    67 Summer Street
    KENNEBUNK, ME 04043
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
    Address
    186 Bradley St.
    SACO, ME 04072
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Fr. Basil Arabatzis

Donations

Donations are being accepted for: Rotary Club of Kennebunk.

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Ina Toth

Posted at 07:21am
Always enjoyed the company and comradery of Bill.
So sorry for your loss, Margaret and Family.
Ina Toth and Family
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Judy Clarke

Posted at 10:18am
. Although we have not been in touch lately we have such fond memories of our times with you and Margaret ,
Charles and Jackie, and Paul and Wanda.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Margaret and your family.
RIP Bill
Judy and Patrick Clarke.
BH

Barbara and Joe Hargadon

Posted at 08:25pm
To remember a man who really loved his MARGARET and whole family. Peace and joy to all!
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Lynn Marcella

Posted at 02:35pm
My sympathy to the entire Chigas family.
His son George was a dear friend to my brother Ray Mercier, who passed away in 2013 and I know Ray truly admired Dr. Chigas and his kindness over the years.
I first met Dr. Chigas in 1989, the first year women were allowed to Join Rotary clubs. Dr. Chigas invited me to attend a "Fire Side Chat" about Rotary at his home on High Street in Chelmsford. Dr. Chigas, along with the other Rotarian's there, made me feel welcome and I was honored to be able to join the Chelmsford Rotary Club. He was a great leader in our club and has been missed since his move to Maine.
It was an honor to know him and I am sure he will be missed by many!
Lynn (Mercier) Marcella
Chelmsford, MA
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Joseph Landry

Posted at 11:41am
Dear Margaret, Charles and George:
Kate and I extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your families.
I truly enjoyed my relations with Bill over many years.
Joe and Kate Landry
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