Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Chris William Anagnost, 89

WILMINGTON — Chris William Anagnost passed away peacefully at Bradley Creek Health Center on October 27, 2021 at the age of 89. He was preceded in death by his parents: William John and Sophia Maria Anagnost and his sister Andriana Vasiliki Anagnost.

Christos was born at the family home in Patras Greece on May 28, 1932. His early years were spent between Patras Greece, Athens Greece and New York City.  When in Greece, he attended Greek-American schools in Athens. This portion of his youth ended in March 1940 when he and his mother left Greece to avoid the impending Fascist and Nazi invasions that occurred in October 1940.

He and his parents initially lived in Manhattan before moving to Brooklyn. Upon moving to Brooklyn, he entered the NYC public school system. First attending PS130, he would go on to graduate from Erasmus Hall High School.  He would then go on to attend City College of NY (CCNY) and graduate with a degree in electrical engineering.  

After college he worked at Picatinney Arsenal in NJ for the Dept. of Defense.  His long career would include several projects including work on the Pershing missile. For his work on this project, he earned a patent which was dutifully given over to the people and government of the United States.

Along with his work, he was quite involved in community activities. He was a founding member of St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church in Randolph, NJ. (and its treasurer for many years).

He was a life member of AHEPA. He was a life member of the Appalachian Trail Conference and hiked over 1500 mile of the AT.

He always maintained a strong interest and curiosity for the world around him. He was an avid collector with notable collections of books, stamps and coins.

In his later years, he developed Parkinson’s disease and he moved to Wilmington in 2015 to be closer to family members. Although physical activity became more difficult, he always maintained his wit, humor and kindness. Eventually, he succumbed to age and Parkinson’s disease.

He is survived by his brother John William Anagnost and wife Kathleen, niece and goddaughter Adrian Elizabeth and husband Manol, nephews Andrew Cavan and John Alexander and wife Kelsey, grandniece and goddaughter Sophia Lillianna and grandnephew Dari Yonas.

He will be greatly missed by his family but they will keep his memory eternal.  After a lifetime of service to his family and church and to his country and community, he now awaits the life of the age to come.

Burial will be in New Jersey and he will be interred near his parents.

Donations in his memory should be sent to St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church Philoptochos, Randolph NJ or to the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Benevolent Fund, Wilmington NC.

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