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Andreas G. Mastrogiannis of New Milford, CT, passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday February 8, 2013. He was the husband of Lucille Thompson Mastrogiannis. He was born in Greece and left at the age of 15 to work on cargo ships. He came to the United States in 1979, to work with his brothers at the family restaurant. Eventually it became Olympic Pizza Restaurant which he owned and operated until 2004 and where he interacted with the customers and especially the children. He also worked at 3 Brothers on the weekends and also with his brother-in-law doing property maintenance. On February 17, 1980, he married Lucille Thompson at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Danbury, CT. He was a loving husband, father and friend to all who knew him. Andy was a good neighborhood friend. He always made sure to take care of them. He lived for all of them. He always kept them well fed with fresh fruits and vegetables from his garden. He planted so much that he would also deliver the crops to his friends at the Sunoco Station on Route 202. He also loved going to the casino with his friends Greg and Bobby. He was an avid hunter and every chance he got he was in the woods. He spent the summer days in his garden or just riding around on his tractor. In addition to his wife Lucille of 33 years, he is survived by a daughter, Maria Mastrogiannis of Summerville, SC; and two sons, Andreas Jr (Dee) and Travis, both of New Milford. He is also survived by in-laws, Bill and Charlotte Thompson of New Milford, brother-in-law Bill Thompson Jr. and wife Corinne of New Preston, brother-in-law Terry Thompson of Danbury, brother Theo Mastrogiannis of New Preston, and several brothers and sisters in Greece. He was predeceased by his mother Maria, father George, and a brother and sister. The Rite of Burial will take place on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 10 AM at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury, Ct, with Rev. Peter Karloutsos, officiating. Friends may call at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, on Thursday, February 14, from 5 to 8 PM. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Sullivan Farm Project, 140 Park Lane Road, New Milford, CT 06776
Published in News Times on Feb. 12, 2013