San Francisco Chronicle
April 6, 1926 - April 27, 2021
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.