Angelo John Forlidas CHARLOTTE - Mr. Forlidas, 86 years of age, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster after a brief illness. Angelo was born Aug. 26, 1927, in Monroe, La. After graduating from high school in Baton Rouge, La., he briefly enrolled at Texas A&M University before joining the Navy at the age of 17, near the close of World War II, serving in the Pacific theater. After the war, he transferred to the University of South Carolina, graduating second in his class with degrees in civil and structural engineering. During his six-decade-long career as an architect, Angelo worked for Odell Associates on the team that designed the uptown branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library on Tryon Street and the main campus of Garinger High School, among other projects. In his private architectural practice, he designed more than a dozen Belk department stores throughout the southeast, as well as several notable drive-in restaurants. In his partnership with his brother, Philip, Angelo designed and built numerous commercial buildings, five multi-family apartment communities, and more than 100 single-family homes in and around Charlotte. A lifelong member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, where he once taught Sunday School, Angelo was also a member of: the American Institute of Architects; the Charlotte Apartment Association; the Home Builders Association of Charlotte; the American Legion of Veterans; Excelsion 261 Lodge of Freemasons; and the Order of AHEPA, where he was a past president. Angelo was preceded in death by his parents, John Evagelos and Cornelia Pappas Forlidas, and his brothers Nick John Forlidas (wife Hazel of Sunset Beach) and Marion John Forlidas. He is survived by his brother Philip John Forlidas (wife Betty) of Charlotte; his nephews John Roy Forlidas (wife Cindy) of Augusta, Ga., and John Evans Forlidas of New York City and Charlotte; his nieces Karen Forlidas Gaskins (husband Steve) of Wilmington, Leigh Anne Forlidas and Constance Marion Forlidas, both of Charlotte; and four great-nieces and -nephews. The Trisagion and funeral service for Mr. Forlidas will be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral with the Reverend Michael Varvarelis officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Order of AHEPA Foundation, c/o Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203. Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service, 1111 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC. Please share condolences online at www.hankinsandwhittington.com.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Mar. 2, 2014