SOUTHBRIDGE — William Kames (aka Kamizirides), 91, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 10, in the UMass Memorial Medical Center, University Campus, Worcester, after a sudden illness.

His wife of 55 years, Elpida (Lambrianidou) Kames, passed away in 1997.  He leaves his son with whom he lived, Alexander Kamizirides and his wife Despina; his daughter, Eleni Kamizirides of Dudley; his grandchildren, William, Jason, Nick, Elpida and Christina; and his great grandchildren, Amanda, Alexandra, Magdalena and Leonidas, who will miss him very much.  He also leaves his two brothers, Stathi Kamizirides of New York, NY and George Kamizirides of Greece; his sister, Parthena Tsakovridou of Greece; and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his two infant children, three brothers and two sisters.  He was born on Oct. 13, 1926 in Mesovraho, Kastoria, Greece, the son of Haralambos and Elisavet (Apatzidou) Kamizirides.  He got married at the age of 15 and took the role of ‘man of the house’ to his wife’s 3 sisters and mother who lost their father and husband.

In 1956, William won the town lottery, giving him and his family a chance to come to America.  With $100.00 and one suitcase, his journey to make a better life for his family had begun.  He quickly became employed at Press Wheel in Southbridge, until the company moved.  He then began working at the American Optical Co. in Southbridge, retiring in 1983.  William continued working alongside his son, Alex, with their business, Alpha Machine.  His talents reached far beyond his jobs, he was a ‘jack of all trades’.  As the years passed and was physically unable to do certain things, he enjoyed Sudoku, facts and figures, world events and playing cards with his daughter, Eleni.  Nothing brought him more pleasure than seeing his family.  He will be deeply missed.

William’s funeral will be held on Friday, Feb. 16, from the Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge, with a service at 11:00am in St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 55 North St., Southbridge.  Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Southbridge.  Calling hours in the funeral home will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, P.O. Box 25, Southbridge, MA 01550.

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