Obituaries: Mavroudis ‘Mike’ Vassiliou

Vassiliou, Mike croppedMavroudis “Mike” Vassiliou, 60, of Bristol, beloved husband of Paraskevi “Evvie” (Hatzisavvas) Vassiliou, died on Monday (July 25, 2016).  Mike was born in the village of Profilia in Rhodes, Greece on April 6, 1956 and was one of six children of Stamatia (Psellakis) Vassiliou of Rhodes, Greece and the late Nikolaos Vassiliou.  He was raised in Rhodes and moved to East Hartford in 1976.  He and Evvie were married in St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Hartford on April 17, 1977 and together they came to Bristol in 1979 establishing Mike’s Pizza on Pine Street.  In 1990, he started Family Pizza in Southington and has been the proud owner ever since.  He could always be found in either the restaurant’s kitchen or sharing stories and a glass of wine with his customers.  Mike loved to hunt and fish and he enjoyed cooking for his family and friends.  Most of all, he was a very generous person and devoted family man who did everything for his family and especially for his grandchildren whom they considered him to be the world’s greatest “Papou”.  He was a parishioner of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Bristol.  In addition to his wife and mother, Mike leaves a son and daughter-in-law: Nikolaos and Susan Vassiliou of Southington, and his adored grandsons: Nikolaos Mavroudis Vassiliou, Jr., and Michael Peter Vassiliou; a daughter, Jaimie Vassiliou of Bristol; his five siblings, Savvas, Vassilia, Stavros, Panagiotis, and Steryoula, all of Rhodes, Greece; and many nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held on Friday (July 29, 2016) at 9 AM from Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 31 Brightwood Rd., Bristol, for Funeral Rite at 10 AM.  Burial will follow in Peacedale Cemetery, Bristol.  Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home on Thursday between 4 and 7 PM with a Trisagion service to be conducted at 6 PM.  Memorial donations may be made to the Mike Vassiliou Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o AHEPA, 31 West Main St., New Britain, CT 06052 or to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 31 Brightwood Rd., Bristol, CT 06010.  Please visit Mike’s  memorial web-site at