WILMINGTON — Beloved husband, father, and Papou, Michael Louis Kyriakoudes, 85, passed away at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare surrounded by the love of his family.
Michael fought a courageous battle that embodied his faith, strength and grace. Despite his pain, he always had a smile and a joke for everyone.
Michaels’s life and spirit personified the American Dream. Born on Oct. 26, 1935, in Lefkara, Cyprus, to Louis and Frosso Kyriakoudes, he and his family immigrated to New York City when he was just 15 years old. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1963. After his discharge, Michael followed in his father’s footsteps and opened his own successful restaurants in Brooklyn and Long Island.
He met the love of his life, Rosemarie McCormick, in Brooklyn, New York, at the Normandy Diner, the restaurant he owned with his father. They were married June 24, 1962, in St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in New York City. Michael passed away just one day shy of their 59th anniversary. Michael always said that the key to a happy home lay in two words, “Yes, dear!”
In 1978, Michael and Rosemarie moved their family to Wilmington, where he opened Mike’s BBQ Restaurant. The restaurant was a local favorite until he retired in 1997. He took pride in his business and the connections he formed within the community.
Michael was a lover of nature and was happiest in his backyard tending to his plants, birds and Koi fish. He loved his family deeply and felt that his legacy lived on in the laughter and love shared within the beautiful family that he and Rosemarie created.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie; son, Louis Michael Kyriakoudes (Lisa); daughters, Diane Fowler (Matt) and Amy Bryant (Richard); and 10 grandchildren he dearly loved, Helen, Katherine and Michael Louis Kyriakoudes, Emily, Rebecca, Madeline and Michael Fred Fowler, and Amelia, Macey and Elizabeth Bryant. He is also survived by three siblings, Chrisso Yerlemou (Bill), Nina Kyricou and Jerry Kyros (Ulla).
A celebration of Michael’s life will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 1, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1219 Forest Hills Drive, Wilmington, where he was a member for over 40 years.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wilmington Veterans’ Association or the New Hanover County Arboretum.
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