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Menelaus (Manny) Hasiotis, beloved husband, father, grandfather and "Uncle Manny" to all, passed away peacefully on December 27 at his home surrounded by his immediate family. He was 80 years old and a longtime resident of Trumbull. Mr. Hasiotis was born in Katerini, Greece and immigrated to Bridgeport after living through Nazi occupied Greece in World War II. After spending his teenage years in Bridgeport, he served in the U.S. Army and saw action in the Korean War after which he was stationed in Schofield Barracks in Oahu, Hawaii. After he was discharged, he returned to Bridgeport where he met his longtime spouse of 55 years, Nefelle (Fay), and he became a successful business owner and entrepreneur. While he had many business interests, he is perhaps best known for his ownership of the Dairy Queen in Bridgeport, which he owned and operated for 36 years alongside his wife Fay. Menelaus was a parishioner of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church in Bridgeport, a member of the AHEPA and leader in the Greek community in the greater Bridgeport area. He was a thoughtful individual who always put others before himself and was a trusted confidant to many. One of his greatest passions was ballroom dancing where he was known for performing the "perfect dip". He was also an avid golfer and world traveler, but first and foremost his life was always centered around his family. Menelaus is survived by his spouse Nefelle, a daughter Christine Hasiotis Martins and her husband Charles Martins of Danvers, MA, a son Fotis Hasiotis and his wife Dorian May Hasiotis of London, England and four granddaughters Elle and Antonia Martins of Danvers, MA and Lilia and Athena Hasiotis of London, England. Funeral services for Mr. Hasiotis will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 470 Park Avenue in Bridgeport, on Monday December 31, 2012 at 10:00 in the morning. Interment will follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Trumbull. The family will receive friends and relatives during the hours of 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Church on Sunday December 30th with Trisagion services commencing at 7p.m. The Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main St. Bridgeport is entrusted with the arrangements. The family respectfully requests that any donations in Manny's memory be made to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Bridgeport, CT or to the Yale New Haven Hospital Smilow Cancer Center. For online condolences, to light a virtual candle, share pictures and stories visit us at commercehillfh.com
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Published in Connecticut Post from Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, 2012