George Ashikis VIRGINIA BEACH - George Ashikis, 69, a resident of Virginia Beach and native of Ayios Mamas, Cyprus, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2010, after a long battle with leukemia. George was born and raised in the Greek country of Cyprus and came to the United States at the age of 33. He started off doing odd jobs in Long Island, N.Y., and eventually met Martha Susan Brice, a nursing student. Together, they moved to Norfolk where they were married and started a family. George's strong will and determination led him to start his own painting business despite his means and his language barrier. He had a heart of gold and always made time to help anyone who needed him. George was a longtime member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral located in Norfolk and was a fixture at the annual Greek Festival. He was the life of the party and a local celebrity who was famous for his smile, singing, dancing and warm hospitality. His personality and love for people made him popular with everyone especially the younger crowd. People from all over the region attended the festival to see George the Greek, the man who danced with a glass of ouzo on top of his head, spilling not a drop until the dance was over, saluting all who sought him out and applauded him with raised glass and a S'Ygeia (cheers) to all. George is survived and missed by his beloved wife of 31 years, Martha; children, Cleanthis Ashikis, Phanoulla Russell, Nichole and Johnny Ashikis, and beloved son-in- law, Ron Russell, whom he considered one of his own. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Haley Spagnuolo, Zoe Kaufman and Nikos Ashikis. George also leaves behind eight siblings in Cyprus and their children as well as countless cousins and dear friends. A Trisagion service will be held 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel, after which the family will receive friends until 7:30 p.m. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27, in the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral by Father Ambrose Bitziadis-Bowers and Father Constantine P. Rogakos. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Goodbye, Papou. We all love you very much. You are in God's care now. You never spilled a drop even after your dance was over... but the festival of your life will live forever. Online condolences may be sent to hdoliver.com.
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Published in The Virginian Pilot on Mar. 25, 2010