In Memoriam: John Perdikis, Father of Alex Perdikis, Koons of Silver Spring

In Memoriam: John Perdikis

Father of Alex Perdikis, Koons of Silver Spring

WANADA is sad to report the passing of John Perdikis, beloved father of WANADA Board member Alex Perdikis, managing partner of Koons of Silver Spring. He died in hospice on Tuesday, September 9, after a hard-fought battle with dementia. He was 93.

Born in Greece, John Perdikis joined the underground Greek resistance at a young age, fighting both the Nazis and the ongoing internal communist party. He quickly became a major force in the resistance movement.

Because of his resistance activities, the Germans tried to capture him in the middle of World War II. In September 1943 he was captured by the communist guerrillas, who tried to establish a communist government in Greece before the liberation. He escaped in February 1944. He wrote a book about those years entitled, The Struggle for Liberty: Testimony of a Fighter. He was truly a member of the Greatest Generation.

He later dedicated his life to the Greek foreign service, living all over the world and spreading his belief in a democratic government. He retired from the foreign service in the early 1980s. He and his wife Zadezka decided to stay in America to start the next chapter in their lives.

He became an accomplished businessman, real estate investor and an active member of the Greek-American community. He kept his desire to be involved with all things political as he wrote a column for one of the major national newspapers in Greece. He was a proud member of the Washington press corps.

Funeral services took place on September 12 at St. Sophiaês Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association by clicking here.

To Alex and his family and circle of friends, WANADA extends its sincerest sympathy.

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