OBITUARY

Fotis Mouzakis

November 21, 1957January 7, 2021
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Fotis Mouzakis, age 63 of Jacksonville, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 7th, 2021, at his home in Jacksonville, Florida.

Fotis Mouzakis was born the son of Vangelis and Chrisoula (Tsikaridou) Mouzakis on November 21st, 1957 in Athens, Greece. Fotis grew up in Athens and the island his family was from, Kea (Tzia). In 1975, he graduated high school from the 17thLyceum for Boys of Athens and continued to keep in touch with his classmates throughout the years. In 1978, Fotis received inheritance from his uncle, which he used to move to the United States and study English at Findlay College in Ohio. For years, he kept a newspaper clipping for the English program and a photo of his uncle in his wallet. He was then admitted to the University of Iowa in 1978, where he met the mother of his children, Lynne. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Biomedical Engineering in 1981. Fotis completed his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University in 1985.

Fotis started his 35-year career in Point-of-Sale computer systems as a partner of RMS, Inc. in 1985 in Des Moines, Iowa. He founded RMS, and led it through acquisition by Telxon which became the leading provider of Inventory Systems to the grocery industry. During this time, Fotis was honored by placement in the Who’s Who. Over his lengthy career, he traveled numerous places for business and lived in Jacksonville and Tampa, Florida as well as Tucson, Arizona. He retired in 2020 from NCR corporation.

Fotis’s greatest treasure was his children and grandchildren, and would often say his only desire was to bring them happiness. He gave them every opportunity possible, taking them to multiple countries across the globe as children. Fotis was a world traveler, proud to say he had been to all 50 states and to 6 continents. Throughout his travels and life, he came to know an amazing group of friends whom he considered family. Every summer was spent in Greece at his home in Tzia, with long days on the beach enjoying a frappe by the sea. Here, he loved long walks to the lion of Tzia, and dinners with family and friends. Fotis opened his home to so many people, and treasured his memories with them on the island.

Fotis was so proud of his Greek heritage, and made sure that his daughters and grandsons knew the history of his homeland and its beautiful traditions. Fotis loved his Greek soccer team Panathinaikos with a passion, incorporating their team color of green into all aspects of his life from clothing, to his car color, and even substituting the traditional blue for green as the trim color on his Greek vacation home. Fotis was also a big Iowa Hawkeyes basketball fan, in 1980 he waited in line all night in the winter weather just to get tickets to the Final Four. Fotis was passionate about all he loved, and this is why that same passion is shared by all those that will miss him so dearly.

Fotis is survived by two daughters, Chrisoula (Justin) Harris and Katy (Devin) Paine Mouzakis; three grandchildren, Fotis Zakkary Harris, Hudson Liam Harris, and Baby Paine Mouzakis due in June 2021; sister Vaso (Yiorgos) Siouli; girlfriend Nhi Jenner; and many loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and a host of longtime friends. Fotis was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Ekaterina Mouzaki.

A public visitation will be held from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Saturday, January 16th, 2021 at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home in Mandarin at 11801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223. Please wear green in remembrance of Fotis. Arrangements are under the care and direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME OF MANDARIN, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

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Chrisoula Harris

January 18, 2021

Kalinixta Daddy, I love you so much and miss you more than words could ever describe.

Raj Halarnkar

January 16, 2021

Rajesh Halarnkar

January 16, 2021

Dora, Takis, Elena, Marco, Tanja, Sophia, Charles and Zouzou Malliris

January 16, 2021

While it is with great sadness that we extend our deepest condolences to the family, the memories of a man who brought happiness and joy to those he touched will be with us always.

Foti, we will miss your warm smile and your deep empathy, your carefree soul and your infectious positivity, your kind heart and your generous spirit. Most of all, we will miss you. May you rest in peace and may you now again share kafe and mezedakia together with John.

The Malliris family and Zouzou

Elliot Roffman

January 16, 2021

My favorite memory of Fotis, is him roasting an entire lamb on a rotisserie for a big family dinner party. You can tell Fotis loved family, cooking, and socializing. He just wanted to see smiles on everyones faces. There are so many more memories, but for some reason this one stands out the most.

Love,
Elliot

Rest In Peace Fotis

George Pliakas

January 16, 2021

A memory from the last trip to high school. Five-day trip to Corfu where all our classmates were together. Among them is Fotis who after 45 years looked for us, found us and we tried to talk every now and then via the internet

George Pliakas

January 16, 2021

Ed, Lisa, Ellison Vergara

January 16, 2021

We wish we could take away the pain of such a tragic loss of a beautiful soul. Fotis seemed to bring such light and joy into so many lives, both near and far. Sending our deepest condolences and we hope that your memories you have made together give you strength through dark times. We truly share your sadness and are here for you.

Much love to the family,
The Vergaras

Tony Fernandez

January 15, 2021

My deepest condolences go out to the immediate family – Chrisoula, Katy & Nhi, and to his extended family and friends. I am deeply saddened and floored by the news of his passing. There are no words that can effectively express my feelings for Fotis, or Fo-Bo as I called him (I was To-to). I am truly honored to have known him for over 30 years. He was in the truest sense a “great friend and brother”.

I met Fotis in the late 1980s through work. We shared many good times together through-out the years and commiserated with each other during some of the bad times.

Things were never dull with Fotis around. I still vividly remember having to run out to get him replacement “pants” an hour before my 1990 wedding (he said the tuxedo pants came with a burn hole in them – I’m not so sure). I treasure the times we spent together including excursions to Monterey California, wine tasting trips to Napa Valley, Thanksgivings we spent together, New Year’s Eve in Connecticut, galivanting at tradeshows in Chicago, New York and Las Vegas and countless visits to each others homes.

I will miss him dearly. Rest in peace Fo-Bo.

KEITH LASTRAPES

January 15, 2021

My friend, my "brother from another mother"...words could never express the warmth and genuine care you had for people. My fondest memory is Foti standing across the street laughing at me as I cut my lawn in the middle of the winter. I planted winter rye and he said to me "you are a crazy man! You are the only person cutting grass in the winter!!!" I will miss you my friend. Never did I think our phone call the night before you departed would be our last. But I know you are an angel watching over me and all of those who love you. Together again with John. Love you Man...

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Fotis and Roland at Roland and Nikki's Wedding

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Big Fotis and little Fotis meet Hudson

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Papou and Fotaki on his first birthday

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Christmas 2020 - Papou with Fotaki and Hudson

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Fotaki's baptism in Greece 2019 - Nhi and Fotis

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On the beach in Greece

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Fotaki's first time in the pool with Papou

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