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Born: Oct 10, 1932
Date of Passing: May 06, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory
October 10, 1932 - May 6, 2020
He will be greatly missed by his wife, Magda; children, Katina (Mark), Peter (Patrice), Peggy and Helen (Gilles); grandchildren, Noah, Emma, Jake and Maggie; brother Mario; and extended family and friends.
John was born on October 10, 1932, in the small village of Mourne, Crete, Greece. He was the youngest of five children. Because John's father passed away when he was young, his family was very poor and he and his siblings had to work very hard to help feed the family. At 20 years old, John joined the Greek army for his mandatory military service.
Searching for a better life, John arrived in Canada in 1957 and settled in Winnipeg where he became a hairstylist and owned and operated several successful salons throughout the years. John and Magda were married in 1963 and had four children. Throughout his life John worked hard to provide for his family and loved to spend time outdoors building, travelling, camping and walking. Road trips were a yearly ritual for the young Andranistakis family who could be heard singing, "Like a Rhinestone Cowboy", along with dad's treasured Glen Campbell eight track tapes.
John had a great sense of humour and loved to tell stories about his life. He enjoyed entertaining us by walking on his hands and telling jokes like his all time favourite: A man walked by a bar and a sign in the window said, 'Free Beer Tomorrow'. When the man returned the next day, the sign said, 'Free Beer Tomorrow'. He used to laugh SO hard! When in gatherings with family and friends, John shared his vast knowledge of world history and current events. John had a love of cars and, over the years, owned many different makes and models and taught each of his kids to drive in his beloved 1966 Pontiac Parisienne.
In later years, his four grandchildren brought him much joy and Papou loved spending quality time with each of them. His grandchildren say he gave the biggest hugs and the best haircuts and they fondly remember him sitting in his favourite chair.
Dad, we miss you and love you forever and will remember your infectious laugh every time we see an episode of Mr. Bean.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 09, 2020
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
Please accept my sincerest sympathies on the sad passing of Mr. Anandranistakis. He was a lovely man who was always so kind and friendly. - Posted by: Sue Black (Friend of Peter and Carol) on: May 20, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss, we think of all the meetings we had at school, meeting your family, planning Grad, we always enjoyed your friendship & times we had together, so sorry to hear of his passing. He will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. His memory is so precious. Claude & Agnes Roziere & family Deepest condolences to you all. - Posted by: Agnes Roziere (Patrice's friend , Peter was in Charlene 's class at St.James Collegiate, ) on: May 12, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family. Hugs to all of you. Take care. Love Chantal, Jeff and Zena - Posted by: Chantal (Extended family ) on: May 11, 2020
We remember John’s good nature and how he welcomed us into his and Magda’s home. He talked of current affairs and the weather and would offer Gilles a shot of ouzo. When we came back from a visit to Ottawa he would ask about the grandchildren Jake and Emma. Our visit with them was always a nice time. The stories Helen had of the family’s road trips were always of fun and happiness. These are happy memories to treasure. With loving thoughts. Sharon and Gilles Desjardins - Posted by: Sharon and Gilles Desjardins (friends of family) on: May 11, 2020
May his memory be eternal, and may Christ's comfort be with all who loved him. He will be missed! - Posted by: Xenios and Victoria Marckx (Friend) on: May 09, 2020
To Helen, Katina, Peter, Peggy, Mrs. Andranistakis, and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Wishing you lots of love during this hard time. What a nice tribute, it made me smile~ Love you all, Lisa Begg - Posted by: Lisa Begg (Family friend) on: May 09, 2020
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