San Francisco Chronicle

George Theodoride­s

April 6, 1926 - April 27, 2021

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George Theodoride­s came from Greece to San Francisco with his mother, Kyriaki, wife, and two sons in 1963. A farmer in Greece, it was through old-fashioned hard work and savings in the U.S. that he was able to buy a home in San Francisco in which he raised his two sons, even helping them buy their first homes. A simple man, who loved nothing more than time with his family, his past-times were long bicycle rides in Golden Gate Park, traveling home to Kilada, Kozani, Greece, and raising his grandchild­ren, even, helping to raise his greatgrand­children. His home was always open to friends and family who loved talking politics with George in English, Greek and Russian, his endless hospitalit­y, endearing sense of humor, and Clint Eastwood-like good looks.

An ethnic Greek, George survived fleeing communist Russia at the age of 13 to be sent to Greece, losing his father along the way, ultimately immigratin­g to America for a chance at a better life. He was always grateful for his life in America and for the opportunit­y to give his family the opportunit­ies he never had. He also credits his wife of 68 years, Eleni, for her constant care and attention in giving her “Yura” his longevity, allowing him to live a long life of 95 years.

George is survived by Eleni, his sister Liza, his sons Efstathios and Nicolaos, his grandsons George, Michael, and Andrew, his granddaugh­ter Kyriaki, and greatgrand­children, George, Costantino­s, and Chloe. He will always be remembered for his warmth, generosity, gentle spirit, and as a husband, brother, father, grandfathe­r, and greatgrand­father. George died on April 27, 2021, but spent his last months in his home with Eleni. The funeral will be on May 7, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in San Francisco.

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