Andreas G. Mastrogiannis of New Milford died unexpectedly Feb. 8, 2013 at his home. He was the husband of Lucille Thompson Mastrogiannis.

Mr. Mastrogiannis was born in Greece and left at the age of 15 to work on cargo ships.

He came to the United States in 1979 to work with his brothers at the family restaurant. Eventually it became Olympic Pizza Restaurant, which he owned and operated until 2004, and where he interacted with the customers and especially the children.

Mr. Mastrogiannis also worked at 3 Brothers Restaurant on the weekends and also with his brother-in-law doing property maintenance.

He married Lucille Thompson on Feb. 17, 1980, at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Danbury.

Mr. Mastrogiannis was known as a good neighborhood friend. He always made sure to take care of them. He lived for all of them. He always kept them well fed with fresh fruits and vegetables from his garden. He planted so much that he would also deliver the crops to his friends at the Sunoco Station on Route 202.

He also loved going to the casino with his friends Greg and Bobby.

He was an avid hunter and was in the woods every change he got. He spent the summer days in his garden or just riding around on his tractor.

In addition to his wife of 33 years, Mr. Mastrogiannis is survived by a daughter, Maria Mastrogiannis, of Summerville, S.C.; two sons, Andreas Jr. (Dee) and Travis, both of New Milford. He is also survived by in-laws, Bill and Charlotte Thompson of New Milford, brother-in-law Bill Thompson Jr., and his wife, Corinne, of New Preston; a brother-in-law, Terry Thompson, of Danbury; a brother, Theo Mastrogiannis, of New Preston; and several brothers and sisters in Greece. He was predeceased by his mother, Maria; his father, George; a brother; and a sister.

The Rite of Burial will be held today (Friday) at 10 a.m. a the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury, with the Rev. Peter Karloutsos officiating.

The Lillis Funeral Home in New Milford is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Sullivan Farm Project, 140 Park Lane Road, New Milford, CT 06776.