ERMIDIS, Venizelos K. “Victor”

ERMIDIS, Venizelos K. “Victor”

VENIZELOS “Victor” KONSTANDINOS ERMIDIS, age 75, of PARMA HTS., OHIO, passed away on December 23, 2020 peacefully and surrounded by his family.

Victor was born in Bessarabia, Romania on November 10, 1945.  As post WW II tensions increased his family was forced to flee via a prison train for a 12-day trek to Alma Ata, Kazakhstan in 1949. Years later they moved from Kazakhstan to Greece.  After many years of struggle and financial hardship with the help of his aunt Marika he eventually made his way to the USA.  On May 26, 1969 at age 24 he arrived in New York, NY, it was here he began his American Dream.

Victor worked at Ford Motor Company for 38 years while at the same time owning and operating Victorio’s Family Restaurant in Parma Heights, OH for 16 of those years.  He was the heart and soul of Victorio’s, always known for warmly greeting each patron and making everyone feel at home. 

Victor was fluent in 5 languages; English, Greek, Russian, Ukrainian and Romanian. He was strong in his faith and his heritage.  He loved to deliver passionate speeches, enjoyed playing cards at the kafenio, going to the casino, and throwing the largest most elaborate parties and dancing.  He loved watching Cleveland pro sports and in his younger years he was an avid soccer, hockey and volleyball player.

Along with his siblings, he shared a great passion for the Phoenix Greek Pontian Society where he was an active member for many years.  Victor and Bessie traveled far and near to celebrate their Greek culture through watching their grandkids, nieces and nephews dance to the Pontiako music. This brought him so much joy.

Above all he cherished his wife Bessie Ermidis (Geanneses) with whom he was married for 47 years, as well as his 4 daughters and 5 grandchildren.  His daughters are his proudest accomplishment. His happiest moments were shared with his family, friends, and his grandchildren.  He firmly believed that family was everything and that he was rich in life, not money.

Victor is survived by his wife Bessie; 4 children, Deanna Trihas (Pete), Sophia Kafantaris (George), Dina Mucciarone (Albert), Anna Stilianos (Steve); his 5 grandchildren, Kosta, Victor, Massimo, Miko and Zoe “Zoula”; his 2 brothers, Emmanuel Ermidis (Marina), John Ermidis (Yulia), his sisters Elaine Papadopoulos (Demetri) and Christina Blubaugh (Charlie); his nieces and nephews and many other family members and friends.  Victor is preceded in death by his parents, Constantinos and Diana Ermidis.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 2187 W. 14th Street, Cleveland, 44113.  Funeral Services will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. and the burial services will immediately follow at Saint Theodosius Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements are being handled by The Zabor Funeral Home, Parma. To offer condolences please visit www.ZaborFH.com

He will be missed but never forgotten.  We love you Baba. 

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  1. Ryan G Marconi on December 27th, 2020 10:20 am

    Dear Bessie, Dina, Sophia and Anna:

    I want to express my deepest heartfelt sympathy on the
    loss of Victor! He was a kind and generous man who always
    made me feel welcomed.

    He was the life of the party, who can party til 5am.
    Victorio’s Family Restaurant is where I met Vic and immediately
    when I started going there, he welcomed us with open arms.

    I will miss our talks about life, a once and a while trip to the casino, and have a cold beverage with him. Even though I probably knew him for about 5-6 years, it seemed like I knew him my whole life.

    My life was truly better knowing Victor!
    I will never forget him.

    Sincerely,
    Ryan G Marconi

  2. Kostas & Maria Avdelas and Family on December 27th, 2020 10:23 am

    Our deepest condolences. Vicctor will be remembered forever with his smile, demeanor, filotimo, and above all his love for his family and friends. God rest his soul.

  3. Andrew Vacca on December 27th, 2020 10:48 am

    My deepest condolences for your families loss. Dina, your father always had a minute for a good story and a laugh at the restaurant when Jamie and I would see him on Saturdays……usually followed with an after breakfast shot that would start the day of with a bang. Keep telling these good memories and he will always be alive in your heart.

  4. Maria Toptsidis on December 28th, 2020 8:29 am

    One of my favorite people, class pride love for his family and friends, a real gentleman, he completed any gathering, always there if you needed anything, how can anyone forget Victor but his Victorious now in the arms of Jesus! I’m sorry for your loss my heart and my love is with all of you!

  5. Julie Cobb on December 28th, 2020 4:20 pm

    My deepest sympathies go out to all the family, especially Mrs. Ermidis and his daughters. I will always remember Mr. Ermidis. He welcomed me whenever I came by the house with Sophia. He led his home with love and strength. I am forever grateful for his best gift to me, the friendship I have with Sophia, and the love I have for Deanna, Dina and Anna. He and Bessie raised 4 amazing daughters who are dedicated to their family. They will continue to live out his legacy.

  6. Renee Kamenos on December 29th, 2020 12:18 pm

    I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of Victor. Bessie, Deanna, Dina, Sophia, and Anna I send you my love and prayers for healing. Your father always had a smile on his face and a dance step in his step. Forever hold his memories in your heart.

  7. Heather Urso on December 31st, 2020 8:47 am

    Our deepest condolences to the family. We are thankful to have such sweet neighbors, and we are going to miss seeing Victor around. He was always so kind to us, and always had a smile on his face. May he rest in peace.

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