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Gerasimos Andriolatos

April 7, 1947 — December 6, 2023

Twinsburg

Survived by his wife of 51 years, Cheryl (Hamilton), daughters Eleni (Nate) and Martha, grandchildren Charlotte and Theodore, and many nieces and nephews in both the United States and Greece.  He is predeceased by his sisters Eleni and a baby girl who both died in infancy, and two brothers Spiros and Haralambos "Lambis".

Gerry was born and raised in the beautiful seaside village of Katakolon, Greece by the late Nikolaos and Afroditi (Haikali).  At the age of 16 he realized that high school was "no for me", lied about his age and joined the Greek Navy.  After several years of military service, he became a merchant marine where he traveled the world and amassed many stories that he loved to share with his family and friends.  In 1969 Gerry met his future wife while she was vacationing in Greece.  He was obnoxious, yet charming so they began a long-distance relationship that continued for three years when he successfully applied for a K1 "90-Day Fiancé" Visa and arrived in the United States in early 1972.  Two months later, with time running out on the visa, Gerry and Cheryl traveled to her hometown in upstate New York and married.  They settled in Watertown, Massachusetts where they raised their children and remained until retirement in 2012.  His career spanned 25 years with Honeywell as a manager of the storeroom inventory followed by a few odd jobs and then a customer service position with Lexus.

Besides his family, Gerry enjoyed cooking at home and spending time in the thriving Greek and Armenian neighborhood of East Watertown regularly socializing with friends at Nick's Donuts, Peter's Mini Mart, Andrea's Pizza, and Dunkin' Donuts.  With the impending birth of their second grandchild, Gerry and Cheryl relocated to northeast Ohio to be closer to family.  

His hope was to have seen more than the cornfields of Ohio during his retirement, but his health proved to be too much of an obstacle.  He stayed local spending time with family and when he wasn't at home Gerry could be found at the local horse tracks betting a couple bucks, scratching some lottery tickets, and socializing with the new friends he made in Cleveland.

He was known for being generous (yet frugal), his quick wit, constant joking, and ability to fix (or try to fix) anything. Gerasimos, Gerasime, Babas, Pappous will be greatly missed.

A private family celebration will be held.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local food pantry (the man enjoyed a good meal) or buy yourself a lottery ticket.

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