Constantine "Dean" Antoniadis (1946 - 2017)

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Dean Antoniadis went for his final walk on the beach at 3:30 am on November 25, 2017. His wife Tammy, daughter Kelly, and trusty dog Rocky accompanied him until they handed him off to his parents Paul and Helen, sister Evelyn, and grandparents Costa and Evangalia.

Dean was born on April 9, 1946 at the beach on the way to the hospital in Tampa, Florida. This began his lifetime of being a water baby. Dean lived in Campbell, Ohio a short time with his parents before they moved to Tarpon Springs, Florida. Dean spent an idyllic childhood swimming, fishing, and enjoying the sun in Tarpon Springs and the love of family. He attended Tarpon Springs High School and left during his senior year to enroll in the Navy. Dean served in the Navy from 1964-1967 aboard the USS Samuel B Roberts, DD-823; as well as serving aboard a gunboat in Vietnam. Dean traveled the world while in the Navy and relished the fact that he crossed the Arctic Circle near Greenland as well as circumnavigating the world. Even in the Navy, Dean never gave up fishing.

Dean left the Navy in 1967 and went to work as a machinist in Tarpon Springs. He quickly realized that he wanted to work as a civilian for the Department of Defense, and worked first as a machinist at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, then moved into the office as an administrative assistant. Dean longed to return to the Tarpon Springs area to be near his dad, and found a position as a quality control analyst with the Defense Contract Management Agency in St. Petersburg Florida. Dean worked as a "Q" for many years and then became an Industrial Specialist with DCMA. He retired from this position in 2005 when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Dean and Tammy left Florida in 2005, and moved to Juneau, Alaska.

Dean and Tammy met in 1998 and married on October 18, 2002. Dean was happy they were able to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary this year.

Dean was a fighter in many ways. He stood up for those who could not stand up for themselves from the time he was in high school, in the work place, and fought lung cancer and won. He was a man of many talents and especially loved working with wood. He designed his own intarsia patterns and made a variety of animals having shown his work in the Tarpon Springs Fine Art Festival in 2005 and at the Public Market in Juneau, Alaska from 2014-2016, along with various craft fairs in the Tampa, Florida area and Juneau, Alaska.

Dean's proudest moments were being a dad. He loved his daughters dearly and enjoyed raising them in the outdoors, teaching them how to fish, and explore the wonders of the sea. He was very proud to help support his daughter, Kelly, attend college and he burst at the seams as he watched her cross the stage at her graduation.

Dean lived life to the fullest, never gave up a chance to go fishing, and loved his family and dogs.

Dean's parents, Helen and Paul Antoniadis, stepmother Elizabeth Antoniadis, sister Evelyn Still, paternal grandparents Konstantinos and Evangelia Antoniadis, maternal grandparents Peter and Christine James, and paternal aunts Chrisante, Anna, and Nora all preceded him in death.

Dean is survived by his wife Tammy Antoniadis (Juneau, AK), his daughters Kelly Antoniadis (Harpers Ferry, WV) and Stacy Saddler (Valrico, FL), stepsons Kelsy Gray (Juneau, AK) and Jeremy Gray (Spokane, WA), mother-in-law Jan Nelson (Sitka, AK), nephews Jeff Still (Milton, FL) and Ed Still (San Antonio, TX), step brother Tony Danapas (and his family) of Texas, and numerous cousins in Tarpon Springs, Miami, Greece, and across the country. He has many friends throughout the U.S. that he kept in contact with.

We would like to thank the nurses of Hospice and Home Care of Juneau for their loving care, expertise, and compassion during the last month of his life.

Memorial services will be held in Juneau, Alaska on December 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the downtown McGivney's. Memorial services will be held in Tarpon Springs, Florida on April 9, 2018 at the 1910 Inn.

Family can be reached through Tammy Antoniadis, 4400 Taku Blvd, Juneau, Alaska 99801.

In lieu of flowers, please hug your loved ones and make donations to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 419 6th Street, Juneau, Alaska 99801 or to a local charity of your choice.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Dec. 14, 2017 to Jan. 13, 2018
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