Dimitrios (Jimmy) K. Sokos

Bradenton, Florida


October 19, 2014
Bradenton, Florida


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Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory (43rd St. Chapel) - Bradenton Obituary

Dimitrios (Jimmy) K. Sokos, 79, was called home on October 19, 2014. Born in Messini,
Greece on January 9, 1935, he was the eldest child of farmers Kostantinos and Aggeliki
Sokos. As the first Sokos to complete high school, Dimitrios carried on their farming
legacy as a produce broker. After a short courtship he married the love of his life,
Helen Eliopoulos in October 1962, and became a father to their son, Gus in 1964. In April
of 1970 Dimitrios seized the chance to build a better life for his family in America. By
saving his earnings, he was able to bring his wife and son to this country by Christmas.
Within two years of working in New York and learning English, Dimitrios bought his own
business, a small but popular donut shop in Astoria, NY. A family business opportunity
brought the Sokoses to Bradenton, where Demetrios? Pizza House was established in 1976,
steadily building a loyal customer base that supports his family to this day. In 1985,
he fulfilled the promise to his parents to rebuild their decaying, hundred-year-old home
in Greece. Splitting time between Greece and Florida, he enjoyed returning each summer
to his friends, but always considered America his home. ''Jimmy the Greek'' or ''Pizzeria,''
as he was known, will always be remembered for his generosity, kindness, joyous spirit,
and infectious love of life. He garnered the respect of customers, employees and peers
for his tremendous work ethic and set a strong example to respect and treat everyone
equally regardless of status. He was an avid sports fan and loved to play cards with his
friends, and never missed a chance to dance or break plates in true Greek fashion.
Dimitrios was involved with the original St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church on 9th Street
West, and instrumental in the new Church construction at its present location on Lockwood
Ridge Road. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Helen; son, Gus;
daughter-in-law, Lisa; granddaughters, Eleni and Dimitra; sister-in-law, Paula Ludera and
her husband, Jim; niece, Tina Whyte her husband, Mathew and their children, Stephen,
James, and Paulina; nephew, Anthony Ludera and his wife, Nikita, all of Bradenton. Four
siblings: Nicholas (Maria) Sokos, of Tarpon Springs; Stavroula (Dimitris) Kourahanis;
Georgia (Adam) Ifantidis and Polyxeni (George) Mariolis, all of Greece.
To properly pay our respects to our loving patriarch, Visitation will be held from 5:00
to 7:00PM Sunday, October 26, 2014 on the feast day of St. Dimitrios, at Brown & Sons
Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd Street West in Bradenton with a
Trisagion (prayer) Service at 6:30 pm. The Funeral Service will be held 11AM Monday,
October 27, 2014, at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 7671 North Lockwood Ridge Road,
Sarasota. Immediately following the service the Interment will be held at Mansion
Memorial Park, 1400 36th Ave E., Ellenton, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting
memorial gifts be made to Tidewell Hospice of Bradenton. Condolences to

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to helen gus and family so sorry about jimmy a kind sweet man so good to me when I worked for you all! God bless you all. barbara chamberlin

Gus so very sorry for your loss it is hard to loose a loved one our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ann and Curt Mahoney

Will miss seeing your Dad upon my next visit whenever that my be. My prayers are with you.

So sorry to here about Jimmy I loved him like my own dad my heart goes out to Helen and Gus and family love you all

Gus, Lisa, Eleni and family. Our sincere condolences to all of you on the passing of your father and grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless!

Gus and family: So sorry to hear of your father's passing. The article in Sunday's paper is so special. Know you must have many fond memories that are a comfort to you all now.
Darrell & Vera Willis (Gary Golby's folks)

My heart goes out to the family at this time. Jimmy was such a special employer even sharing our birthdays together he always made me smile. Thank you for making me a part of the family for so many years. We now have another angel to watch over us all.

Ginny Reyngoudt

Gus, Lisa and family, So sorry to hear of your Dads passing. We have missed and will continue to miss seeing him at the restaurant.
That was a beautiful article written in the B.H. this morning. Our thoughts, prayers,and hugs are with you. Micki and Wayne

Gus I am very sorry to hear of your father's passing. May you and your family find comfort in the days ahead.