Andrew Sam Mousalimas
1924 - 2020
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Andrew Sam Mousalimas
December 6, 1924 - May 20, 2020Longtime Resident of Oakland
Andrew Sam Mousalimas, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully after a full and rewarding life. Born on December 6, 1924 to Sotiros and Paraskevi Caredis Mousalimas in Oakland, California, he was the older brother to Michael, who predeceased him. He traced his California roots to Michael and Bessie Caredis, who arrived in San Francisco from Greece in 1898. Andy was an active parishioner, altar boy, choir member and leader of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption, later Ascension. He loved and celebrated Oakland, the city in which he was born and spent his life.

When attending Salinas Junior College during his freshman year, he lettered in varsity basketball when World War II started. Andrew volunteered on March 31, 1943 into the 122nd Infantry Battalion, known as the Greek Battalion. Andy was one of 200 volunteers to join the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S) under which he served for two years as a paratrooper, an experience he would later write of in his memoirs, and one for which he received the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington D.C. in 2018.

When the war ended, Andy returned to Oakland and attended Golden Gate College for one year when circumstance, and his koumbaro, Perry Phillips, introduced him to the love of his life, Mary Kumarelas from Salt Lake City, Utah. On January 4, 1948 they were married and settled in Oakland. They had five children, Sotiros, Eugenia, Paula, James and Andrew.

Andy threw himself into his passion for his Church, serving as board member and later, in 1955, was elected, at 31, as the youngest president of the Assumption community. In November of 1968, he, Mary and brother-in-law John Kumarelas, opened the Kings X, an Oakland landmark and first sports bar. It was a hub for gin tournaments, fantasy football, trivia competitions, and contributed to local charities. Perhaps most famously, he was a founder of Fantasy Football and inducted into the Toyota Fantasy Football Hall of Fame.

Andy was predeceased in death by his wife, Mary. He championed his four children, Sotiros, Eugenia Ahlas (George), Paula Gassoumis (Dean) , and James Mousalimas (Diane Georgiou). Most of all he adored and was adored in return by his seven grandchildren, Harry (Victoria) Ahlas, Andrew Ahlas, Zachary Gassoumis, Ria Gassoumis Rossi (Stephen), Ariane Mousalimas (Justin Joseph), Gianna and Paris Mousalimas. He was proud when he became a great -grandfather to Anna and Valarie Ahlas. His generous and larger-than-life personality will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

Due to current events, private services will be held. We ask for your prayers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral General Fund. For further information please call, Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FDR-745). Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services, Alameda, 510-522-6020.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from May 22 to May 24, 2020.
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May 31, 2020
Growing up in the Oakland Greek Orthodox Church in the late 1940's and 1950's, many of us born here to immigrants wanted to fit in to America without losing our "Greekness". Andy stood out because he had done that. He was born here, was a veteran, and the old immigrants deferred to him. He was an example for us.

I was asked to be one of the photographers for the OSS statue dedication in Greece in 2005. It was a special honor for me, as a 1960's era paratrooper, to be able to accompany Andy and two other veterans, Nick Cominos and Angelo Lygizos. It was humbling to be welcomed by them. Sixty years after WW2 they were still American G.I.s, but with Hellenic "filotimo".

Andy was the last member of Co. C, 2671st Special Reconnaissance Battalion. He was the end of an incredible era. His life story, documented in his book, has many lessons to live by - he didn't stroll through life, he made history. His was a well-lived life and he will be missed by many. Oakland, America, and Greece have lost one of their best, but from one old paratrooper to another, we'll meet again on that last drop zone.
George Eleopoulos
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May 28, 2020
Dear Paula and Dean, Pau and I were very sorry to learn of your great father's passing. His spirit is BIG! Never having met him Paul and I are very moved by his heroism and larger than life persona. We know this by knowing you Paula. Andrew Sam Mousalimas' spirit lives on in all of you. Our thoughts and hearts are with you.
Pamela Mimura
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May 28, 2020
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May 28, 2020
A truly great man. Would have loved to have met him, but even more, would have loved to have had my Dad meet Andrew. Too bad my father passed before we-Pamela & myself--had met Paula. Maybe they are shaking hands now!
Paul O Mimura
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May 25, 2020
WOW!!!! What a force was a Great friend & like a brother for all my life
grew up with him & his wife & the whole CATASTROPHE !!!

condolences to THE WHOLE FAMILY
May he rest in peace next to his beautiful MARY
love to you all NIKO & ALEXANDRA
Niko & Alexandra Andronikos
Friend
May 23, 2020
he was my nuno ....
Spent special times with nuno and family in Oakland and Salinas.
They fed me when I was a student at California college of arts and craft . The kings x was in walking distance from the campus...
Lists of things I could say !!!!
My his memory be eternal...
Restin in the hands of god now ..
Love you nuno !!!!!!
George N Cominos
Family
May 22, 2020
Andrew was one of the most honorable and decent people we have ever met. We loved him very much. He was a true WWII hero and epitomized the greatest generation. Nick and Mary Haney
Nick Haney
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