Stephan S. Captain

Died: 2018-02-13
Resided in: Lynnfield, MA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey Funeral Home
Viewing date: 2018-02-18 / 4pm-7pm
Service type: Funeral Service
Service date: 2018-02-19 / 11am
Service location: St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, Peabody
Burial type: Burial
Burial date: 2018-02-19
Cemetery: Puritan Lawn Memorial Park
Contributions: St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church of 5 Paleologos Street, Peabody, MA 01960.

Stephan S. Captain of Lynnfield, Massachusetts passed away peacefully in his home on February 13, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He courageously battled colon cancer for two years.

Stephan was born in Eressos, Lesvos, Greece on November 26, 1934, the oldest child of the late Stavros and Filisia Xenelis Kapetanios and brother to the late Lena Papailiou. He immigrated to the United States in 1947 and proudly became a United States citizen settling in Portland, Connecticut. In 1954, he graduated Portland High School and upon graduation, he joined the Airborne Division of the United States Army where he was a member of the U.S. Army's Special Operations Forces--the Green Berets. Under the GI Bill he matriculated at The University of Connecticut and in 1961 graduated from the School of Business Administration.

In 1962 he met and married his beloved Ekaterina (Katy) Tsouvalis Captain of Mystras, Sparti and the two were married for 55 years. Stephan is also survived by his two loving daughters, Felicia and her husband Matthias Kiehm of Weston and Demetria and her husband Christopher Lawson of Boston and two cherished grandchildren, Maximilian and Ekaterina Kiehm.

A true entrepreneur, he founded the restaurant chain, Captain Pizza and established several locations in the Boston area, including Peabody, Andover, North Andover, Burlington, Lowell, Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, Brockton and most recently in Middleton. He also opened restaurants in Chicago and San Diego.

He was so proud of his Greek heritage and to be an American citizen.

Stephanís greatest passion was spending time with family and friends and especially his grandchildren. He created an inseparable relationship with Maximilian and Ekaterina and was an incredible mentor to both. He cherished his many special trips with them to his beloved Eressos. Stephan loved Greek music and dancing, sports and politics. He was a long-time member of St. Vasilios Church in Peabody, the St. Vasilios Menís Club as well as the Hermes Menís Club.

If desired, kindly make a memorial donation to the St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church of 5 Paleologos Street, Peabody, MA 01960.


Dear Katy and family i am very sadened by the news of the passing of ur wonderful housband Steve all tough we drifted apart since i moved to New Jersey i am Georgias neibhor KALLIOPI Makris my my thoughts and prayers r with u and ur family.I will always rember his smile and how both of u loved my children.Please accept my condolences,may his memory be eternal,ke esis na zite na ton thimosaste.kalo paradiso na ehis Steve.
Dearest Kathy, Felicia, Dimitria and family, We wish there is something we can say or do that will ease your pain and ours. I know we haven't seen each other much but you and your dad are so dear to our heart. It doesn't take a long time to see the genuine and kind heart of some friends and that is your beloved and most outgoing and humble dad! We could never express with words how much we love you but all we can say is that our prayers and thoughts are with you at this most difficult time. Steve will always be in our heart forever and ever. So hard to lose a wonderful person like Steve. Please accept our most sincere and heartfelt condolences. We will miss him a lot!! Fondly, Marie-Denise, Soterios Kareklas and family.
So sad to hear of the Captain's passing. May his memory be eternal. Arthur Carakatsane
Felicia, sad to hear the passing of your wonderful dad. I am truly sorry for your loss. Please pass my condolences to your mom, to your sister and Max, Ekaterina and Matthias. Rudy
My Sweet girlfriends... Demetria & Felicia. I send all the love and prayers your hearts can hold at this time, you how how special I thought your Dad was, I was so lucky to have know him in my lifetime... and feel blessed to know you two girls as well. With a heavy heart, I'm so so sorry, but God has a new Angel now and he is a special place me for sure! XOXO
I am so sorry for your loss. In my few times meeting him he seemed a man filled with joy who loved and appreciated his family and life. Im glad he was able to be witness to the marriage of Demetria and Chris and be surrounded by so many filled with love. Melissa Parry
Θερμά συλλυπητήρια για τον αξιαγάπητο κ. Στέλιο Καπετάνιο! !!! Τις ευχές μας και προσευχές μας για καλό Παραδεισο !!! Νικόλαος Καρύδης Εξ Ερεσού
My sincere condolences for the loss of this wonderful man. Steve and his parents were very close to my family when living in the USA. In fact, when my family moved back to Greece in 1954, his parents and sister Lena were on the same boat. I had the opportunity to get to know Steve better on his summer visits to Eresos. His enthusiasm and desire to help were prominent among his character traits and his smile put you at ease immediately. He will be missed. May his memory be eternal. My sister Despina and myself, Demetrios Zachares, will always think of him fondly.
So sorry to hear about Steve. I always told him how much we liked the pizza. One day I stopped in and ordered a steak bomb -I hadnít eaten much and was very hungry after a long drive in work. I had said I was very hungry ( I meant I was looking forward to eating this tasty sandwich )but he saidĒ iíll Make it as fast as I canĒ always fun to talk to and liked when you said how good the food is. Sally

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