Evdokimos (Kimo) Mouratidis was born on May 15th 1943 in Tsotili Kozani, Greece. He was the 4th child of 6 children born to Yianny and Anastasia Mouratidis. During his youth, Kimo worked on several farms and was the only one to have a tractor in his area which was a very big deal. He entered the Greek Air Force at age 18 and served the required 2 years. In 1967, Kimo made his way to Canada and in 1968, after a visit to Philadelphia for a family function, he never left America.
He worked at several pizza stores in South Jersey and Philadelphia before opening up his own restaurant, Kimo's Pizza, in Hi-Nella New Jersey in 1972. That same year on November 11th, he married Marylou Prudente of Philadelphia, Pa. They have been married for 47 years and have 4 children, Yianny, Steve, Louie, and Anastasia. His grandson, Cameron was his absolute pride and joy and would always say to him in Greek "Where is Grandpop's boy?" Kimo was a beloved husband, a beloved father, a beloved son, a beloved brother, a beloved uncle, a beloved nephew, and a beloved cousin to many. He was also a very loyal friend.
Kimo had a great work ethic and opened up a successful pizza store Accu Pizza on 48th and Spruce streets in West Philadelphia for 27 years. It was there that Kimo took pride in his store where he cared about the quality of his products. He was an active member in the Greek community in Philadelphia and served as president of the Pontian Akritai Society of Philadelphia for years. He volunteered at both festivals at St. Demetrios and St. Thomas Greek Orthodox churches cooking the lamb for numerous years. Kimo won an award for his support to AHEPA Thermopylae Chapter 445 to the Hellenic Youth in the Delaware Valley.
In 1973, Kimo proudly became a citizen of the United States. He always had an interest in politics, he enjoyed Greek and Turkish music, he loved to dance and he was good with his hands. He never wore sneakers until his later years when he slowed down. Yes, the man used to do garden work in dress shoes.
Kimo had a unique way of making people laugh. He would come up with funny nicknames for people if he could not pronounce their names. Kimo loved his heritage and was a proud Pontian. During his last years, Kimo enjoyed tending to his fig tree and grape leaves. He will be remembered as a hard working, selfless man with a heavy accent who always wore his captain's hat.
His funeral service will be 11am Friday July 24, 2020 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 229 Powell Lane, Upper Darby, PA. 19082. Viewing one hour prior to service in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at the address below.
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