October 6, 1918 - July 2, 2013
Resident of Cupertino
Manos was born in Sunnyside, a tough coal mining town in Utah. Growing up he loved playing sports, his family, fighting, & causing trouble. After they lost an Uncle, family friends, & members of the community in one of the worst mining accidents in American History, he decided to lead his family and friends out West as a very young man in the early 1930's.
He worked hard in San Francisco to create a better life for himself and his family, truly embodying the American dream and spirit. He moved quickly from bus boy to cook to restaurateur and nightclub owner. Manos met the love of his life Helen Rutzakis in Modesto introduced by Helen's close friend & Manos' sister Beth.
Manos served honorably for 4 years in WWII. He always said that the only thing he didn't like about the Army was someone telling him what to do. After the war Manos gave business and entrepreneurship a real shot in San Francisco. After a short while, and a few minor run-in's with the Law, he realized the opportunities in his life laid south. He once again led his friends & family as they made the move to Cupertino in 1957. In 1960 Manos and his brother George opened, what would ultimately turn out to be one of the most colorful nightclubs the bay area has ever seen, "The World Famous" BRASS RAIL, and the rest as they say, is "History".
Although it wasn't always easy to get a kind word out of him, Manos was an incredibly kind, generous, loving & funny family man. Manos was proud of his Greek / Cretan Heritage & was a perfect example of living his life "HIS WAY".
Manos is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Helen, son & daughter-in-law Michael & Liz, daughter Debbie, grandchildren Eleni, Anthony & Victoria, as well as his sister Helen and countless beloved nieces & nephews.
Manos will be forever missed but never forgotten.
Friends & family are invited to services Sunday (Trisagion), July 7th at 7:00p.m, Funeral Service Monday, July 8th at 10:00a.m, St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 1260 Davis St, San Jose. Interment to follow at Madronia Cemetery, Saratoga.
Donations to St Nicholas preferred.