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Mack "The Greek" Mercuriadis

Born May 19, 1922 in Astros Greece to Peter and Thelma Mercuriadis. Died November 7, 2014 at home due to complications of old age after a life well lived.

Mack and his family immigrated to the United States when he was three years old. They settled in San Pedro first and then moved to Los Angeles. After graduating from Manual Arts high School in 1941, he enlisted and proudly served his country during World War II. He was a tail gunner with the 44th Bombardment Division of the U.S. Army Air Corp. He received a medal of valor for his service after completing 30+ missions. He also was awarded an Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters as well as a good Conduct Medal for his service in the European Air Offensives.

Mack became a Naturalized U.S. Citizen on June 14, 1944 through his service to our country. He was honorably discharged from the military on June 24th 1945.

After the military, Mack held a variety of jobs-most pertaining to the docks at the Los Angeles Harbor. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, retiring in 1977.

Mack was an avid fisherman and was a member of the Gardena Valley Rod and Reel Club from its inception. The ocean was his first love. Along with his best fishing buddy, Jean Tolson, he managed over 30 long range trips. He fished the waters of California, Mexico, Hawaii, Florida and alaska- his last trip well into his 80's.

He was truly blessed with a wonderful life. Always had stories to tell and patient friends who were willing to listen to them!!

He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all that knew him. A special thanks to Raquel Surh and Maira Landin of Always Best Care who provided him with exceptional care as well as Kaiser Palliative Care/Hospice nurses all of whom expressed such compassion.

Mack was predeceased by his parents, wife Marybelle and sister Meda. Survivors include a sister Helen Pantaz, of Lake Forest, CA., Goddaughters Michele Wybourn of Gilbert, Arizona and Eleni and Sophia Korakis of Harbor City, CA., as well as loving friends Gloria McPherson and Rick Schuler. Per Mack's wishes, his body will be cremated and his remains scattered in his beloved ocean. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. No flowers please-just a happy thought of Mack and a life well lived.


Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 16, 2014
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