Papanicolaou, John A.
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John Anthony Papanicolaou was born in Voutiani Greece, a small farming village outside of the city of Sparta. As a teen, John became an "adarti" Greek for freedom fighter, combating Nazi Germany and her allies for the right of freedom and democracy during WWII. Because of his character and integrity, John was taken to work in the shipping industry in Athens which is how he eventually get to the shores of New York. With less than $200 in his pocket and more ambition than any man I have and will ever meet, he would come to meet what he would often refer to as "the best looking girl in all of Yonkers", Mary Hanges. They married quickly and raised three beautiful children together. He would go on to work alongside Mary's father who was rooted in the flower business since he first came to the US in the early 1900's. This industry would be where John would find his niche and grow to become a huge success and a pillar of his community. There is so much to say about his character and his love that this short space would never suffice. He was a great man who will be missed momentously. For those who were lucky enough to get through his tough exterior, John was a tender man who put himself last and could never say no to anyone. Survived by his wife of 68 years Mary, daughter Joanne, sons Anthony and Harry, grandchildren, Niko, Yanni, John, George, Alex, Niko and Gregory and great-grandchildren Niko, Demetra and Raffi. May God bless him and welcome him into his kingdom. We love you and will miss you immensely Papouli. Your memory will be forever a part of us and we thank you for everything. Panta sti kardia mas.
Visitation Tuesday 3-9 PM at Beecher Flooks Funeral Home, Inc., Pleasantville, NY. Funeral Service Wednesday 10AM at The Greek Orthodox Church of Our Savior, Rye, NY.
Burial Mount Hope Cemetery, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
Beecher Flooks Funeral Home
418 Bedford Rd
Pleasantville, NY 10570
Published in the lohud.com on Apr. 1, 2014