Jerry A. Theodoratos
July 29, 1944 – July 20, 2020
A beloved husband, father, papou, brother-in-law, cousin and friend, Jerry A. Theodoratos, passed away at home on July 20, 2020 surrounded by all of his loving family.
Born in New York City on July 29, 1944 to Constance and Jerry Theodoratos, Sr., he grew up on the West End of Manhattan and attended the Greek Orthodox Cathedral where he was an altar boy for many years. He attended New York city public schools and then graduated from NYU majoring in economics. While in college, given his natural music ability, Jerry and his four best friends started the “Levendiko Pende” band, playing the drums, entertaining thousands of dancers at numerous events during that era. After college, he began working at Robert Moore as a commodity broker on Wall Street.
Using his interest in sales and love of interacting with people, Jerry changed direction and became a wholesale Mediterranean food broker. He was a regional sales manager at several companies on both coasts for over 40 years.
In 1969, Jerry met the love of his life, Tina Liatsos, at a Hellenic University dinner dance. They married on November 7, 1971 and made a life together in Riverdale, New York, where their two older children were born. They moved to California in 1979 and had their third child.
The Theodoratos family became members of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Northridge, California, raising their children in this loving community, making countless friends. Jerry reigned as “Captain Calamari” for over 30 years at the church’s Valley Greek Festival.
Always a charmer, with a kind word to say about everybody, Jerry had an infectious smile and was happiest when surrounded by his children and grandchildren; his true pride and joy. He had a clever sense of humor and was a devoted food connoisseur. He loved travelling, music, dancing, meeting new people and learning about other cultures. He will be remembered for his generous and loving heart, and his zest for life. Jerry and Tina shared nearly 49 wonderful years of marriage.
Jerry is survived by his devoted wife Tina, his cherished children Jason and Kristine Theodoratos, Dana and David Manpearl, Marisa and Ben Azra; his six precious grandchildren Constantine and Olivia Theodoratos, Sofia and Luke Manpearl, Theodore & Gavin Azra; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Helene and Zaf Tsimahides, as well as numerous cousins and friends. His legacy will live on through his children and grandchildren, and all who knew him. May his memory be eternal.
A private family funeral will be held at St. Nicholas Church. Graveside services will be held after the funeral for family and friends at Oakwood Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made in his name to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church 9501 Balboa Blvd, Northridge, California Northridge, California
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Jerry A. Theodoratos
July 27, 2020
When Jerry and I were both little boys Dena would come visit us (Mom & Pop) at summer time in Kansas. Dena wanted us to go outside so Jerry could get sun and fresh air. So he and I would go out to the spring way back on the 30 acres and play in the shade of the huge trees. When we went back home later in the day Dena was pleased that Jerry had a tan not being aware that we had a tube of QT (Quick Tanning Lotion). She never noticed the streaks in his tan from not smearing the lotion on evenly. I have fond memories of Spending nights with Jerry as a boy when they lived at 422 Amsterdam Ave NY. We laughed nearly all night frustrating Dena she told us to go to sleep but we just couldn’t stop talking and laughing. Jerry was full of Greek Mythology and stories of the Greeks arch rivals. I will for ever hold these and many more memories dear to my heart of Jerry whom I love with all my heart. God bless you Babyco see you in Paradise. Sagapo toso Polye. Trefonas Nikoloulye.
July 26, 2020
We’re so sorry to hear about cousin Jerry.Sending our love & prayers to you Tina,Jason,Kristine,Dana,Dave,
Marisa,Ben & all the grandchildren.We loved him very much.He will be dearly missed.
July 25, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss.
Sending my love and strength to you at this very difficult time
We love you all!
God rest his soul
July 24, 2020
MY FAMILY'S MOST FERVENT CONDOLENCES ON THE PASSING OF A SWEET MAN OF MANY GIFTS. OUR WISHES OF STRENGTH AND MANY LOVING MEMORIES FOR TINA AND HER WONDERFUL FAMILY. TINA, PLEASE CONTINUE TO FIND COMFORT AND PURPOSE BY DOING WHAT JERRY WOULD WANT FOR YOU. MAY YOUR FAMILY'S GRIEF MITIGATE PEACEFULLY AS YOU TREASURE THE FRUITS OF YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR SWEET JERRY. MICHAEL, LINDA AND ELISA KAILAS
July 23, 2020
I only met Jerry when Zaf and Heline were married but his kindness and soft spoken ways left a lasting impression on me. May you rest in peace and rejoice in the embrace of our Lord.
July 23, 2020
I mostly remember my Cousin Jerry from the early '50's to about 1955. My family was living at, or near, our Grandparents Nicolulis in Bethel (Kansas City,) Kansas. Jerry would come and stay a few weeks with us during the summers, I believe, with his Mother, my Aunt Dena- the "Gold Standard for Compassion " Including Jerry, we had about seven members of the Blue Feather Club. Our Uncle Tommy was the ring-leader of this gang. Jerry was about 8-10 years old. We had a lot of fun those summers so long ago. I treasure Jerry's memory. Jesus loves you all. I know Aunt Dena would want me to tell you all. :)
July 22, 2020
Rest In Peace Jerry , you will be missed my many! You were a very good person who I looked up too, I wish the best for your family.