Oct. 26, 1935 — Sept. 1, 2017
Gabriel Pananyoti Anastasiadis was born in Kato Thothoraki, Greece on Oct. 26, 1935, to Panayoti and Sofia Anastasiadis. He passed away at his son’s house in Portland, Oregon, on Sept. 1, 2017, surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Gabe was raised in Thessaloniki, Greece while attending school, and served in the Greek military for two years. He then became an operator and mechanic of heavy machinery in Thessaloniki, during which time he met his future wife, Ekaterini (Katie) Chukalis. Gabe and Katie were married on Sept. 24, 1961, and had two children, Sophia and Nikolaos.
They moved to America in 1971 for a better way of life, making Astoria their home. Gabe came to know the fishing community as a way of life; working in the canneries and cold storages. He was a mechanic for Bumble Bee, Bornstein Seafood and Fishhawk Fisheries. While working for his boss and friend, Steve Fick, he especially enjoyed going to Alaska every summer with the Fishhawk crew.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Katie; daughter Sophia Anastasiadis Jacobs and son-in-law Brit Jacobs; son Nik Anastasiadis and daughter-in-law, Shannon Anastasiadis; and seven grandchildren, Laura and Gabe Anastasiadis, Lane, Leah, Nicholas, Christopher and Jonathan Jacobs.
Gabe led a simple way of life, the less complicated the better, and that is how he liked it. If you didn’t find him in his favorite recliner at home enjoying sports, “60 Minutes” or “Jeopardy,” you would see him at the Elks on Tuesday or Friday nights playing pool. He retired, several times, yet continued his morning ritual of going down to Fishhawk for a cup of coffee with the guys, and to show them a thing or two about what needed fixing.
Memorial donations can be made to the Clatsop County Animal Shelter.