October 15, 1934 – September 12, 2020
John Anastasiou passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the age of 85. John was preceded by his parents Christos and Helen Anastasiou, his twin-sister Irene, and his brother-in-law Jerry. John was born in Astoria, New York on October 15, 1934, and grew up in the Inwood neighborhood of New York City. He is survived by his loving wife Mary, son Christopher, daughter-in-law Wendy, granddaughters Ellie and Sophia, and sister-in-law Marylin Vallis. He is also survived by his niece Christina Miller, her husband Doug, and their children Ryan, Nick, and Anna, his niece Athena Scheina and her husband Dave, and cousin Olga Pappas.
John graduated from the State University of New York at Delhi where he earned his degree in applied science in agriculture. After graduating from college, John served his country as a quartermaster in the United States Army National Guard. In his youth, John spent his summers in the country and his love of the outdoors continued into his adult years leading him to a career as an ironworker. John moved his family to Tampa, Florida in the early 70s where he spent over 30 years before moving to Brooksville, Florida. He was an active member at both St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, and upon moving to Brooksville, St. George Greek Orthodox Church in New Port Richey. John loved everything Greek including the music, food, and culture.
John was an avid football and hockey fan. He was a charter season ticket holder with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and later a season ticket holder with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Services will be held at St. John Greek Orthodox Church, 2418 W. Swann Avenue, Tampa, FL 33609 on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 12 noon. In John’s memory, the family requests donations be made to St. John Greek Orthodox Church (https://stjohntpa.org) and/or St. George Greek Orthodox Church (http://stgeorgenpr.org).
- He is survived by his loving wife Mary, son Christopher, daughter-in-law Wendy, granddaughters Ellie and Sophia, and sister-in-law Marylin Vallis. He is also survived by his niece Christina Miller, her husband Doug, and their children Ryan, Nick, and Anna, his niece Athena Scheina and her husband Dave, and cousin Olga Pappas.
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Friday, September 18, 2020
September 18, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. May God grant His peace to you, Wendy, your girls, and your Mom, Mary. And may your faith strengthen you all and comfort you through the knowledge that your father is in Our Father's eternal arms.
The Fearless CREW appreciates you so much. Thank you for making God's love real.
Llew & Shirley Murphy
September 18, 2020
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
September 17, 2020
Chris, my most sincere condolences to you and your family.
May God's blessings, peace and grace enfold you and yours.
And thank you so much for all you do for our Fearless CREW every week, so faithfully and compassionately. We all so appreciate it.
September 16, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to you and family. We’re so sorry to hear of your loss, but please know we are here for you at this challenging time.
Ourania Stephanides (Zoumberos)
September 15, 2020
Dear Mary and Family,
I am pretty sure that Mary and John are the couple that were good friends with my parents, Mike and Mareda Zoumberos, in past years, especially the 70s, 80s, and 90s. I just wanted to send my condolences even if you do not remember me personally because I moved to Louisville, KY in 1975 after I married but now am back in Tampa, because kindness, love, and friendships should always be acknowledged. My parents passed away in 2018 at the ages of 88 and 89. I remember my mother showing me pictures of the four of you having some good times together. Though John is gone, he gave people good memories and I want to say how sorry that I am for your loss.