Avgerinos "Paul" Mavrophilipos, a retired painter who had owned a bar and restaurant, died of congestive heart failure June 25 at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Towson resident was 87.
Born on the island of Ikaria, Greece, he left home at the age of 14 to find work and send money back to his family. He became a merchant marine seaman before World War II.
Family members said he told of narrowly escaping the German U-boat sinkings of merchant marine vessels in ship convoys between Canada and England. He rowed to Detroit from Windsor, Canada on July 4, 1939.
He became a citizen and joined the Army. During his early training, a drill sergeant could not pronounce the name Avgerinos, and Mr. Mavrophilipos was given the nickname "Paul." Mr. Mavrophilipos served in Italy in World War II.
After the war he moved to Baltimore, where he owned and operated the Rainbow Restaurant in the 1600 block of E. Baltimore St. from 1952 to 1964. He then bought the Kum On Inn Tavern on Harford Road at The Alameda.
In 1967 he co-founded the Manolis and Mavrophilipos Painting Co. with a brother-in-law. He retired in 1987; the business remains in family hands.
"He was the patriarch of the family, a good and kind man, always putting family first," said a son, Dimitrios A. Mavrophilipos of Chesapeake, Va. "He was a hard worker, enjoyed good times and celebrations with family and friends, always had a smile on his face and never uttered a harsh word to anyone."
Mr. Mavrophilipos enjoyed fishing, boating and card games. He was an active member in the Baltimore chapter of the National Pan-Ikarian Society. Mr. Mavrophilipos' favorite television show was The Price is Right, which he watched daily.
Services were held last week.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Pari Manolis; another son, Stelianos A. Mavrophilipos of Norfolk, Va.; a daughter, Maria M. Pappas of Edgewater; two brothers, William Mavrophilipos and John Mavrophilipos, both of Baltimore; three sisters in Greece, Dionysia, Georgia and Diamanda; nine grandchildren; and two great granddaughters.