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ALEX ALEXIADES

Born: Wed., Feb. 11, 1931
Died: Tue., Mar. 30, 2021


Visitation

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Fri., Apr. 02, 2021
Location: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church


Funeral Liturgy

9:30 AM Sat., Apr. 03, 2021
Location: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church


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Alex Alexiades, of Clearwater Beach, Florida and Woodbridge, Connecticut, business and community leader, left this earthly realm on March 30, 2021. He was born February 11, 1931. Alex was predeceased by his wife Mary 31 years ago. He leaves three children, nine grandchildren, and a great-grandchild: son Elia Alexiades and his fiancé Jill McCarns of Branford; son John and his wife Chris of Manhattan Beach, California; and daughter Clio Nicolakis and her husband Theo; grandchildren Zena, Alexandra, Nicholas, Luc, Reese, Ava and Bash Alexiades, Ephemia and Kassiani Nicolakis, and great-granddaughter Amalia Bond. He is also survived by his beloved niece Effie Mitsopoulou and nephew Dr. Alexander Mitsopoulos, both of Athens, Greece. He was predeceased by his brother Theophilos Alexiadis, sister Anna Mitsopoulou and cousin Zoe Skoulariki of Athens, Greece.
Alex worked his entire professional career for BIC Corporation, starting as an assistant credit manager. Mentored by legendary businessman Marcel Bich, Alex served for years as the chief financial officer. He remained a director of the company until his passing. He was an active member of the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Barbara in Orange, Connecticut, serving many roles, including Parish Council President and Building Committee Chairman. He was instrumental in the construction of the church and community center in Orange where it has thrived, and received the Medal of Saint Paul, the highest lay honor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Alex led by example.
Alex also leaves his brothers-in-law and their wives Harry and Pat Pappas and Art and Kris Pappas, and cousin Sophie Caloutas. He was predeceased by his best friend Nick Papadopoulos, who cooked him so many fantastic meals over the years. Alex loved boating in the Gulf of Mexico, taking his grandchildren to Caladesi Island State Park and fishing with cousin Aristide Cecchi of blessed memory.
Alex lived the American dream. He prospered here, having survived the wartime famine and Nazi occupation of Athens, coming to New Haven after the war to finish high school at Hamden Hall. He left Greece with fond memories of his great-uncle Gennadios, Metropolitan of Salonica. He attended the University of Connecticut where he played soccer. Alex loved to watch UConn Women’s Basketball. After serving in the U.S. Army, he completed his education at Quinnipiac University, where he later served 22 years as a trustee.

Among his professional accomplishments, Alex was elected president of both the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association and the Lighter Manufacturers Association. He was an officer of BIC subsidiaries in Canada, Mexico, and Equador. He was a 60 year member of the Order of AHEPA.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 9:30am at Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange and live-streamed at saintbarbara.org/live_services/. Friends may call at a walk-through wake, also at Saint Barbara, from 3:00 to 6:00pm Friday. Pandemic protocols will be observed, including mask-wearing, social distancing, and capacity limitations. Memorial donations may be made to the Mary J. Alexiades Scholarship Fund or Building Fund at Saint Barbara.

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David H. Baker
   Posted Wed March 31, 2021
My condolences to the entire Alexiades extended family. As the primary legal counsel to the Writing Instrument Association and Lighter Association from 1983 to date, I worked closely with Alex for over 25 years. He was a prince of a guy - both brilliant and charming. And he welcomed this young attorney into the pen and lighter industry in 1983 as if I were a member of his family. When Alex was tied up with meetings at the WIMA conference, he would ask me to sit with Mary so that she would not be alone. What a wonderful couple! They are finally together again. May the both rest in peace!

Michael Forys
   Posted Wed March 31, 2021
Alex was a unique person -- thoughtful, competitive, empathetic, fair minded -- a true leader. We are praying for him and his family.

Linda Jenetopulos Esposito
   Posted Wed March 31, 2021
So sorry for the loss of this wonderful man. Alex was a mentor for many. I remember him fondly.

Nick, Tailin Skoularikis
   Posted Wed March 31, 2021
Clio, John, Elia, and families
We are truly sorry to hear the sad news.
Uncle Alex helped me throughout the years from the time I arrived in Connecticut, until very recently and I am very grateful.
Our condolences,
Nick & Tailin

Arnie Lehrer
   Posted Thu April 01, 2021
Elia, Alexandra, Zena and Nicholas,
May your father/ grandfathers memory be a blessing to you.

Val and Pat Taylor
   Posted Thu April 01, 2021
We are so sorry that we cannot be with you to share in your grieving on the loss of Alex. Alex was such a special person, kind, generous and always had a special 'twinkle' in his eyes. A loving family man who, with Mary, invited us into your lives so that we felt that we were members of your family. Words cannot express our sadness at his passing.
Our love to you all, Val and Pat

Douglas Golden
   Posted Thu April 01, 2021
Dear Family. I am so sorry to read of Alex's death today. Worked with him on the new Gym Building and it was always a pleasure to speak and work with him. Take Care. Doug Golden for Bruce J. Spiewak AIA Consulting Architect, LLC.

Wendy & Joe Miller
   Posted Thu April 01, 2021
To the Alexiades Family - especially to Elia, John & Clio,

Your family has meant so much to ours for so many years, the kindness and generosity extended has transcended the years and we are so thankful for having known you, your wonderful Mother, and especially the twinkly-eyed delightful Alex. We are so sorry for your loss. He lived a great and fulfilling life and we were so glad to hear he was with you, Clio, until the end.

Sending love, comfort, and light at this sad time.

With fondness & great memories of a wonderful family,

The Taylor Kids - Kim, Laura & Wendy

Matthew Jennett
   Posted Fri April 02, 2021
My whole family has warm memories of this remarkable man and his late wife, Mary. He will be long remembered for his many contributions to the Orthodox Church, and the wider Greek and American communities. Sheila, Elizabeth and his Godson Patrick join me in expressing our profound sympathy for your loss.

Andrea Hall Phinney
   Posted Fri April 02, 2021

Tender Thoughts was sent by Andrea Hall Phinney and Ty Phinney.

Sending our deepest sympathy to Clio, John, Elia and all of Alex’s loving family and friends at this time of sorrow. He was a remarkable man. May his memory be eternal. With Love and Prayers, Andrea Hall Phinney and Ty Phinney (from Boston)


Guido Petra
   Posted Fri April 02, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Alexiades family. I had the distinct pleasure of working with Alex during the construction of the Saint Barbara’s Church Education Center and Social Hall Project. Alex brought great passion and intellect to the project and always wore a smile when speaking about his family and the Greek culture. May he rest in peace.

Anna Skoulariki, Spyros Mavroeidis, Ioanna, Filip and Zoe Christina
   Posted Sat April 03, 2021
From our house to yours sending you our deepest condolences,
I am so sorry the last time I talked him , was to bring him sad news...
I am so sorry, I loved uncle Alex so much.
We are far away but our heart is with all of you.
Love and kisses to all of you

Chris Mills
   Posted Sat April 03, 2021
My deepest sympathies to the Alexiades family. While unfortunately I didn’t directly work with him as I joined the company years after his retirement, I engaged with him a few times at Bic company events a few years ago. I was always impressed with how he was such a fine and gracious gentleman who was deeply respected and appreciated by all. To me he was such an ambassador for the company and I could always see his sense of pride as he shared in these events even though they occurred many years post his retirement. Conversely I shared in the pride of our associates in having him participate in these events. His presence was always refreshing and always brought warm smiles to and from others. He will be missed but the fond memories will live on. Sending love and prayers.

Fredrick D Cobb
   Posted Thu April 22, 2021
To the Alexiades family,
I wish to express my most profound sadness and condolences for your loss. I was hired in the mid-1980s by Alex and I directly worked for him for a number of years. He was the most amazing man that I ever knew. He personified kindness, compassion, and love, I learned much from him. Even though I haven’t seen Alex for 30 years I’ve often reflected on the times we worked together both in good times and bad. Alex was always my inspiration for trying to be a better person. My wife, while at Yale, tried to help Mary when she was sick so those life events never leave you the same.
Yesterday I received a letter from a Bic employee that used to work for me 30 years ago asking me to call Sandy for she was my secretary and was retiring after 34 years at Bic, that’s how I found about Alex’s passing.
God works in mysterious ways. God Bless.


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