Gail Malliaros-Golec Print E-mail

Gail Malliaros-Golec

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt;

Gail Malliaros-Golec, 71, of Pelham, New Hampshire and former longtime resident of Dracut, MA passed away unexpectedly on Monday June 5, 2023, at Lowell General Hospital.

She was the beloved wife for 32 years of Henry E. “Hank” Golec, who survives her.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, January 6, 1952, the daughter of the late Aristomenis G. and the late Sappho “Sally” (Pelekasis) Malliaros, she attended Dracut schools and was a graduate of Dracut High School Class of 1969 where she also played field hockey.

She went on to attend Endicott College in Beverly where she received her associate degree. After graduating from Endicott College in 1971, she played tennis at Vesper Country Club and skied at Loon and Waterville Valley.

Prior to her retirement, Gail was a Director for the Office of Employment and Training for the City of Lowell. In addition, she was a licensed Real Estate Agent with Dick Lepine Real Estate for many years.

To Gail, life was one endless conversation; she loved to talk. She welcomed any opportunity to throw a party, and anyone lucky enough to have been a guest raved about her spanakopita, avgolemono soup, and chocolate chip cookies, all of which she was famous for.

From the time she was little, she was schooled by her mother, Sally, in the art of shopping. Weekly shopping trips were made near and far, earning her a black belt in style by the time she was an adult. Gail amassed an impressive assortment of exotic bags and shoes only a true expert could do.

As a youngster, she took dance lessons at the Naomi Studio in Downtown Lowell. Her annual recital thrilled most of her family, except for her younger brother, George. Gail also modeled every year as part of Malliaros Clothing, her family’s celebrated clothier.

Gail was formerly married to Peter Richardson and together they had a son, Joshua. Her favorite role was being a mother. When Joshua was growing up, she never missed his pop warner or varsity football games. She continued the tradition when she later married Hank Golec, who coached the Dracut High School baseball team for 30 years; Gail seldom skipped a baseball game. Her love for motherhood carried over into her role as the quintessential fun aunt.

She was active in Dracut politics for many years and enjoyed holding signs, sending dear friends’ cards, making phone calls, and urging her candidates to mingle at political parties. She loved the beach and vacationed extensively in Barbados, Bermuda, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Nantucket, and Greece. Growing up, she loved visiting her godparents and cousins, Stacey and Victor, in New York, and her Aunt Demi, Uncle George, and cousin Leah in California.

For the past 16 years, Gail’s most meaningful job was being a Yiayia to her grandson, Sergio. She shared her love of Seabrook Beach with him, his father, and his mother, Nicole, who she adored. She loved to collect seashells and sea glass to adorn one-of-a-kind objects for her loved ones. Her profound love of animals and passion for gardening is everlasting.

Besides her husband Hank, Gail is survived by her son Joshua Lee Richardson and his wife Nicole of Malden; her grandson Sergio David Richardson of Malden; two brothers George A. Malliaros and his wife Iris of Dracut and Victor A. Malliaros of Pepperell; three nieces Frances Cesar, Leah Malliaros and Zoe Malliaros; a nephew Aristomenis G. Malliaros; several grand nieces and nephews; and her former husband Peter H. Richardson of Dracut.

Gail’s lively presence and zest for life will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell on Friday June 9, 2023, from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be held at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH 25 Fr. John Sarantos Way in Lowell on Saturday morning at 10:00 A.M. (Please meet at church). Burial to follow at Westlawn Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.








Condolences (6)
  • Meenu Ghai  - My Deepest Condolences.
    Hi dear Tina told me about your loss and I’m so so sorry. I can’t imagine your pain and grief at this time.I am praying for your peace and comfort. I’m praying for you and your loved ones as you struggle with this immense loss.
  • Paul and Deb Tsouprakakis
    Dear Hank, We are so sorry to hear of Gail's passing. Please know that you are in our hearts and thoughts.
  • david patnaude  - sorry for your loss
    Coach ,so sorry for your loss . My thoughts , & prayers to you ,& your Family.
  • Kenny Connerty  - God Bless
    Hank and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Gail was an amazing woman from all that I have been told. I know she will be missed dearly by all of you. I can't believe that I got to see you just days before at the baseball game. I pray for you with a heavy heart. She was loved by all. God bless your family and rest in peace Gail.
  • Patricia Chakmakas Petropoulak  - Memory Eternal
    George and Victor, I was saddened to hear of the passing of your dear sister. Seeing the notice brought me right back to my childhood and our family connection, Uncle George and Aunt Mary. Please accept my sincere condolences.
  • Joshua Lee  - Job well done
    Mom I had all I could of ever wanted because of you. I never needed or wanted anything you couldn’t give me. Because of you and Dad and our loving family I consider myself lucky to have always had the support and encouragement to look at life with an open mind and an open heart. Thank you for not trying to make me someone or something else I wasn’t going to become on my own. When I look back at my life which I’ve done a lot in the last few days, I realize that because of you and the good example you set and the opportunities you and your family gave me I started life on 2nd base! The beaches and islands in the summer and the mountains and the ski slopes every winter you made sure your prince had it all, but understood what he had and appreciated it. I never remember you ever missing a game or a practice and always encouraging me in whatever I was into that season. You gave me the key’s to a lot of doors other children never got to walk through or even know we’re there. No child turns out perfect and God knows I didn’t but you can rest well knowing that in no way were you to blame I couldn’t have asked for a better mom and never have. See you on the other side someday and make sure they have there act together by the time we meet again. JOB WELL DONE
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