With deep sadness, the family shares the disheartening news of their beloved father, Cary (Kyriakos) V. Mossaidis, departing from this life earlier today.
Upon arriving in the United States as a youth in 1955, Cary settled in Philadelphia. West Philadelphia High School welcomed him as a senior, where he honed his linguistic abilities and secured a diploma. Although he briefly attended Villanova University, he ultimately devoted himself to serving his adopted homeland in the United States Army from 1959 to 1962, taking immense pride in his American identity.
Cary’s unwavering commitment to his community and the Church was evident. He was part of the parish council during the construction of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Upper Darby in 1965. As the longest-serving secretary in the history of the Pan Pontian chapter AKRITAI of Upper Darby, he made his mark. Additionally, Cary’s 50+ year membership in AHEPA demonstrated his steadfast devotion. Through involvement in various Philadelphia committees and social groups, he imparted the value of engaging with others and cherishing their country to his children.
A proud Hellene, father, grandfather, and husband, Cary left an indelible impact on those around him. As godfather to over 14 Greek Orthodox individuals, his spiritual influence extended far and wide. Blessed with exceptional parents, the family bid farewell to their mother in 2004, and now Cary shall reunite with her in eternal paradise.
Gratitude is expressed to the greater Philadelphia community for embracing Cary and molding him into a remarkable American and Hellene. Many know his decades-long career as a travel agent, responsible for bringing more than 10,000 Greeks to the United States in the early 1970s. May divine forgiveness be granted for any transgressions, and may he be welcomed into the heavenly kingdom with open arms, reuniting with departed family members.
Back in 2015, Cary Moissaides appeared on Cosmos Philly for an interview that you can view here:
Details regarding Cary Mossaidis’ funeral and service information are provided below.
Services: The ceremonies will take place on Friday, March 31, at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Upper Darby, PA, at 10 am.
Viewing. 11 am Funeral Service at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 229 Powell Ln, Upper Darby, PA 19082. Interment will follow at Fernwood Cemetery, 6501 E. Baltimore Ave, Lansdowne, PA 19050.
In lieu of floral tributes, donations may be made to the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church building fund: https://saintdemetrios.org/donate/one-time-donation/. Please indicate “In memory of Kyriakos Mossaidis” in the gift’s purpose.