BRUNSWICK — Pantelis G. Zolas, 79, died May 14.
The son of George P. Zolas and Clio Sultana Evangelidou, he was born June 28, 1934, in Varna, Bulgaria. He attended schools in Varna before moving to Greece after his father was killed in 1944. He finished gymnasium in Athens, Greece and attended university in Italy.
Zolas received his doctorate in Naval architecture, marine and mechanical engineering from the University of Naples, Italy.
He worked for a few years for a shipyard in Pireaus, Greece before moving to the U.S. to join his mother and sister. He worked for Todd Shipyard in Brooklyn, New York, and was transferred to Houston, Texas, where he worked as chief engineer for Todd Shipyard until it closed in 1983. Afterward, he worked briefly for Tampa Shipyard, spent five years as president of Abasco in Houston and worked for many years at BIW in Bath.
In every city, Zolas was active in the local boat modeling club or wood carving club. He was a talented and skilled boat modeler, always trying to improve his work and he leaves behind many beautiful boat models. He was always willing to teach and was very knowledgeable about anything related to boats.
He was predeceased by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Dieuwke, of Brunswick; sons, George and wife, Molly, Chris and wife, Andrea, and Nikolas and wife, Adelina; daughter, Adriana Martine and husband, Chris DuPrau and son, Peter; grandchildren, Matthew, Anna, Jack, Hayden, Drew, Lucas; and sister, Eleni Zolas.
Visiting hours will be held 4-6 p.m. Friday at Stetson Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick.
Memorial donations may be made to Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, ME 04530, and Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice, 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240.