Manchester Central
Hall Of Fame

Plato L Canotas

Plato L. Canotas, a Manchester native, was graduated from Manchester High School Central with the Class of 1943-B, and served as President of both the Junior and Senior classes. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy from which he was honorably discharged. He furthered his education at Tufts University earning a degree in Business Administration. Plato returned to Manchester and joined his father in the family business, the Puritan Confectionary Co. In 1969, the Elm Street business was relocated to its present site on the Daniel Webster Highway where, now under the name of The Puritan Backroom, it has become a popular venue for decades of Centralites. Always civic-minded, Plato has contributed to many community organizations over the years. He has served as chairman of the Hillsborough County March of Dimes, as corporator of the Amoskeag Bank, as well as a staunch supporter of local youth and high school programs. He has worked diligently for the St. George Orthodox Cathedral and received the Ministry Award given by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston. He is a former member of the Chamber of Commerce which has twice named him Employer of the Year. Married to the former Fanny Kapranopoulos, the couple has two children and three grandchildren.