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George Nicholas Sideris

March 29, 1937 ~ June 14, 2022 (age 85)

Obituary

George Sideris, 85, of Frederick passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly on June 14, one
day before a planned vacation. By all indications, he went peacefully in his sleep, exactly how he
always said he wanted to go.
He was married to his late wife, Elizabeth Facciani Sideris, for 47 years until her death in 2009.
For the past 11 years, he was the loving companion of Liesel Kulick, who kept him in good form
and made his last years so pleasant.
George/Dad/Grandad/Yorgo was born in Richmond, Virginia, on March 29, 1937, to Greek
immigrants, Nicholas Sideris and Constantia (Petrou) Sideris. He grew up in Greenville, North
Carolina, where his parents owned a cafe. After high school he served in the navy for two years.
Then he graduated from North Carolina State with a degree in industrial engineering and became
a licensed professional engineer. He did systems analysis/operations research until his retirement
in 1999. He and Elizabeth moved from Arlington, Virginia, to Frederick in 2001 to be close to
his daughters' family.
George was a devoted husband and a wonderful father. He took lovely care of Elizabeth during
her last decade. When his daughter was born with what turned out to be mild disability in 1962,
the doctors suggested institutionalization. Elizabeth tearfully asked, "What are we going to do?";
and he replied, "I'll take her home and love her"; Dad made his daughter's good life possible
and was never, ever a martyr about it. He spent a lot of time with her when she was young (he
always told her, "I had FUN with you!", and he made things as easy as possible for her right to
the very end.
Personality-wise, he was a sweet, funny extrovert with a dreamy disposition and a good
imagination. He never meant to offend anyone. Like all Siderises, he loved to talk, and--unlike
some--he could even converse. He wasn't the most energetic individual, especially in his later
years, but if you could get him to do a task around the house, he would do an excellent job. He
maintained his possessions meticulously, and he always ironed his clothes, even after retirement,
something that mystified most of us.
In addition to his parents and his wife Elizabeth, he was predeceased by his brothers Xen,
Spyridon, and John. In addition to his companion Liesel, he is survived by his daughter Nicki
Sideris and her husband Donald Chabot of Frederick; his beloved grandsons Jules and Niko
Chabot; his sister Mary and her husband Leroy Quinn of Charlotte, North Carolina; sisters-in-
law Dorothy Sideris of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Jane Sideris of Palo Alto, California; and many
nieces and nephews.
Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home in Middletown is handling arrangements. By wish of the
family, no services are planned at this time.

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