STAMFORD, Conn. -- Norwalk resident Anastasios S. Kyriakides, also known as Andy Kydes, died recently. He was 90.
Kyriakides was a soldier in the Greek Army and fought in World War II against the Germans during their invasion of Greece. He emigrated from Greece in 1953 and also sponsored many Greek families to come to America, who shared the same dreams of working hard and creating better lives for their children in the “Land of Opportunity.”
He worked many years for and retired from Pepperidge Farms in Norwalk. Kyriakides had a deep love for Greece and America. His nickname was “Lyre-chee,” referring to his talent of with the lyre, the ancient Greek string instrument.
Kyriakides is survived by his sisters, Athena Kyriakides Yerinides and Sotira Kyriakides Petridis, who live in Norwalk; nephews Bill Yerinides and John Yerinides, of Norwalk, Savvas Yerinides of Stratford, Stavros Savvaides of Louisiana and Tasso Savvaides of Trumbull; and many cousins in Norwalk and Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
He was predeceased by his wife, Maria Polyronides Kyriakides, and his parents, Savvas and Despina Simoulidies Kyriakides; and sister Elleni Kyriakides Savvaides.
Visiting hours will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave., Norwalk. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 238 West Rocks Road, Norwalk. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery, 81 Riverside Cemetery, also in Norwalk.
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