Fun with famous friends - The late S. Steven "Spike" Karalekas caroling with the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and former President Bill Clinton. (Photo courtesy Jeannie Whelan)

Swampscott’s Karalekas walked the halls of power

LYNN -- Mourners with well-known names and impressive titles will converge on South Common Street Saturday for the funeral of former Swampscott resident, Navy veteran, and presidential aide S. Steven "Spike" Karalekas.

The 77-year-old Karalekas, who divided his time between Boston, Washington D.C., and Phoenix, died on Nov. 28, according to his obituary. His funeral is from St. George Greek Orthodox Church at 11 a.m., with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. 

"Victoria Reggie Kennedy is likely to be among those attending," said Thomas L. Demakes, owner of Old Neighborhood Foods, and first cousin of Karalekas' widow, Tina, referring to the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy…

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