Christy P. Mihos
March 25, 2017
Christy Peter Mihos, 67, formerly of Brockton was laid to rest on Thursday, March 30th in Stuart Florida following a brief yet courageous battle with Pancreatic and Liver cancer. Christy was the son of Peter and Maie (Vouros) Mihos. He was born at the old Phaneuf Hospital and attended Brockton Public School while graduating as Class President in 1967. Christy continued his education at Stonehill College in Business Administration graduating in 1972 while serving as President of the Student Council in his senior year. During his business career he took time off to enroll in the Harvard University OPM Business Program.
Following his graduation, Christy joined the family business Christy’s Markets, which was owned and operated by his father Peter and his Uncle Jimmy. Christy, like all the Mihos sibblings and cousins worked in the family business from a very young age gaining an appreciation for the dedicated work ethic exhibited by his parents and his Uncle and Aunt. The business was started from a single store by his grandfather, Christy Mihos, who emigrated from Greece in 1910 and then in 1948 he turned over the reins to his two sons. By 1980 Christy and his brother Jim assumed the top management positions at a time when the company operated 35 convenience stores. Together with an exceptional management team and thousands of dedicated employees that worked at Christy’s over the years, they grew the company to 150 convenience food store and retail gas units operating in all six New England states. In May 1998, Christy’s Markets sold 144 stores, then in operation, to 7-Eleven Corporation, which continues to operate the stores throughout New England. At the same time, Christy repurchased nine of the stores that were just sold to 7-Eleven and he started Christy’s of Cape Cod, of which he was the sole owner. In 2009 Christy sold his company to Hess Petroleum and retired from the Convenience Store business.
During his business career, Christy was instrumental in forning the New England Convenience Store Association (NECSA), in which he served on the Board of Directors and as its President for many years. He also served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) while also serving on their Legislative Committee. Christy also served on the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees and other non-profit organizations. Through his association with Christy’s Markets he joined with other prominent Brockton community leaders to found the Brockton Boys and Girls Club.
Christy was also an accomplished musician having been tutored by well-known Brockton musician Mike Lally. Christy played the clarinet, saxaphone, bass guitar and the Greek Bouzouki. Together with friends from the Brockton Greek Community, they formed the Olympians when they were teenagers. The band performed throughout New England at dances, weddings, baptisms and conventions for nearly six year. Following the break-up of the band Christy joined the Bouzouki Fantasy, a premier Greek band in New England. During his teen years he also played bass guitar in the Brockton-based rock band known as The Ravens. He also played saxaphone in the Brockton High School Jazz Band, which performed at the World’s Fair in New York.
In 1990 Christy sought to pursue a career in politics as he ran for the Massachusetts State Senate representing the South Shore yet he lost in a close race to Robert Hedlund. In 2006 he ran as independent candidate for Governor in a much-publicized election coming in third place against Deval Patrick and Kerry Healy. In 2010 he sought the Republican nomination for Governor yet he failed to qualify at the Republican convention won by Governor Baker. Christy also served on the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority for one term during the construciton of the Big Dig project.
Christy is survived by his daughter Ashley, his son Christy IV and his former wife Andrea Argeros Mihos. He is also survived by his brother Jim and his wife Linda, his sister Marlene and her husband Paul Bucuvalas, life-long family friend Sophie Koutsoumbou, together with nephews, nieces, aunts, grandnieces and grandnephews.
A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held for Christy on Sunday, May 7, 2017 in the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 457 Oak St., Brockton following the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. The Divine Liturgy Service is held between 10 am and 11:30 am.
Donations may be made in Christy’s memory to either St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 2525 South 25th Street, Stuart Florida 34981 or to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Chuch, 457 Oak Street Brockton MA 02301 or to Panagia Greek Orthodox Church, 811 Jerusalem Road, Cohasset, MA 02025.
Service: map to Annunciation Greek Orthodox