PIKOS, Anthony Michael "Tony" beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 16, 2014 at age 92. He was preceded into his kingdom by his parents Anna Samarkos Pikos and Michael Anthony Pikos; his sisters Angie Frazis, Mary Pikos, Sylvia Zoumis, Nancy Pappas, and his brother Manuel Pikos all formerly of Campbell, OH. Born in Tarpon Springs, Nov. 17, 1921, Tony grew up there and in Gary, IN during the Great Depression. He worked hard with a number of jobs including being a deck hand on his Uncle Charlie Samarkos' sponge boat to help support his five sisters and mentally challenged brother. Tony, a member of the Greatest Generation, proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. He became a Chief Petty Officer First Class Signalman on his ship, (LCI-(L)14), and participated in all 5 major Atlantic invasions including North Africa, Salerno, Sicily, Anzio and Normandy. He was the last survivor of his ship's crew. After The War he became a journeyman welder and master carpenter and settled in Campbell, OH where he met his bride of 64 years, Mary Vaporis. They were married on Oct. 16, 1949, in Youngstown, OH and were blessed with 3 children that they joyfully raised in Campbell. Tony was a devout Greek Orthodox Christian of great faith and spiritual strength. He faithfully lived his solid core values and will always be remembered for his radiant smile, kind demeanor, passion for learning, and compassion for his fellow man. He touched so many lives during his lifetime. His memory will remain in the hearts of all who loved him. He returned to his beloved Tarpon Springs in 1985 and resided there until his passing. Tony is survived by his wife Mary; his three children, Dr. Michael A. Pikos (Diane) of Palm Harbor, Colleen Pikos and Anna Pikos of Tarpon Springs; grandchildren, John Pikos, Maria Karatzas, Virginia Brokalakis, Lindsey Pikos, and Tony Pikos; and great-grandchildren, Tony, Michael and Georgie. Visitation will be on Tuesday March 18 from 6-8 pm at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tarpon Springs. Funeral service will be on Wednesday March 19 at 11 am at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Tony be sent to Panagia Vlahernon Monastery 12600 West Hwy 318 Williston, FL 32696, Ph: 352-591-1716 or Suncoast Hospice Foundation, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33760 Ph: 727-523-2441. Dobies Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Mar. 18, 2014