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Remembering Carol Savas

March 12, 2019

I just heard the sad news that Carol Savas passed away in January.

Carol’s sister, Judi, wrote, “Lots of us around town remember “the good old days” when Jugtown was at the entrance to the Valley on Route 49 and the Town Square was an empty field with a river running through it. A lot changed with the building of the Town Square and its shops. One of the first businesses to move into the new retail hub was Carol Savas and the Waterville Valley Coffee Emporium.”

This photo of Carol and John was taken in Alanya, Turkey

“Carol and her husband, John, had been property owners in the Valley for many years. The opening of Town Square gave her the chance to realize two of her biggest dreams: becoming a Waterville Valley resident and opening a coffee shop. The Coffee Emporium was a staple in the Town Square for many years and Carol’s pastries were much loved by all.”

Sadly, Carol passed away on January 6, 2019, of complications from renal failure. She is greatly missed by friends and family including her husband John Savas and sister Judi Ritchie of Waterville Valley; her son Deniz and his wife Michelle and grandchildren Malia and Rylan Savas of Norton, MA; and her sister Elaine and niece Carolyn Hogan of Salem, MA.

Carol’s family wishes to express its appreciation to the Waterville Valley Department of Safety officers for their assistance during Carol’s illness. For anyone wishing to remember Carol, a donation to the Waterville Valley Public Safety Officer’s Benevolent Association is suggested.

>> You can make a donation here

NOTE: You may also mail donations in Carol’s memory to: WVPSOBA, PO Box 500, Waterville Valley, NH 03215. If you would like to learn more about the Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety Officer’s Benevolent Association, contact Chris Hodges, Director of Public Safety for the Town of Waterville Valley. 603-236-4730 or email .

Image from Teresa Conroy

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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