Kemon A. Sermos, of Andover, formerly of Somerville, died on March 20, 2021 at the age of 87.
Kemon was born in Cambridge, MA on April 12, 1933 to the late Aheleas and Evangeline Sermos from Alatsata, Greece.
He was raised in the Brickbottom neighborhood of Somerville, MA where he attended school. He later attended the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston. He served in the US Army, stationed in Nuremberg, Germany in the early 1950s. He spoke proudly of his time in the service and made many friends overseas.
Kemon lived in New York City and was married to the late Evangeline (Allimonos) Sermos. In 1956, he returned to Massachusetts with his infant son Evan. Twelve years later Kemon married his beloved wife, the late Sybil (Falk) Sermos and welcomed Holly. Kemon and Sybil were married for 52 years and enjoyed an extraordinary life of art, travel, and costume parties.
Kemon was a life-long artist, employed as an illustrator by General Electric of Lynn, MA for many years. Together with Sybil they created and founded “Evan’s Friends Puppets” and “Holly Dolls by Sybil” named for their children. Following his retirement at the age of 50, Kemon thrived in his interests of painting, gardening, entertaining, dancing, critiquing weddings, drinking coffee and eating cake.
Kemon is survived by his children Evan and his wife Ann of Andover, MA and Holly (Sermos) Simione and her husband John of Somerville, MA; his grandchildren Caitlin Dotolo and her husband Michael of North Reading, MA, Lauren Donahue and her husband Adam of Reading, MA, Evan Sermos, Jr. of Andover, MA, Ava Simione of Somerville, and four great-grandchildren: Grace, Conor, Tyler, and Zoey.
Kemon had many interests. In addition to being an accomplished, award-winning artist, Kemon was also a member, and former president, of the Pharos Club of Somerville. He was a devoted member of the Somerville YMCA. He loved flea markets, and trips to Morgies . His garden won awards in the Somerville Garden Club. Kemon and Sybil traveled to over 90 countries in 40 years, always returning from trips with worldly treasures and amazing stories.
Kemon enjoyed spending time with his 5 grandchildren. They loved doing crafts, having art lessons, making puppets, painting furniture and having parades with their Papou. Later “Super Papou” enjoyed drawing and coloring with his great-grandchildren.
Kemon is predeceased by his parents Aheleas and Evangeline Sermos, his siblings George, Plato, and Sophia Spartos, his wife Evangeline (Allimonos), and Sybil (Falk), and his cherished granddaughter Elizabeth Etta Simione.
Calling Hours will be held in the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powder House Sq.) Somerville on Thursday from 4pm-7pm. Relatives and friends invited to attend. Interior capacity of the Funeral Home is limited to 50 people at any given time, please pay your respects and exit to allow others to do the same. Face masks and social distancing required for all services.
Kemon’s funeral service will be celebrated in the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 29 Central St, Somerville on Friday at 10am.
Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Kemon’s memory can be made to the FTD Unit at Mass General Hospital at https://giving.massgeneral.org/support-neurology/ftd-unit/