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Andrew N. Garbis

Obituary for Andrew N. Garbis

June 26, 1936 - February 14, 2019
Austin, Texas | Age 82


Andrew N. Garbis of Austin, Texas and Putnam Station, New York passed away on Valentine's Day 2019 surrounded by his entire family at his home in Austin. His passing was peaceful and filled with love.

Andrew is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 59 years, Dana, son Paul Garbis of Montville NJ, daughter Elizabeth Anne Daskalantonakis & her husband Michael, grandson Dean Daskalantonakis & his wife Melissa, granddaughter Emily Nickolson & her husband Tom all of Austin as well as many nieces and nephews whom he loved very much. His beloved brother Spyros and family reside in Suwanee, Georgia. He was predeceased by his sister Mariatina Tsamoutalidis of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Born in Sulina, Romania on June 26, 1936 to Greek parents, Nikolaos and Marianthi Garbis, the family escaped Romania to Greece during World War II fleeing the Nazi occupation in a horse drawn cart with the entire family savings of gold coins hidden in Andrew's high boots. For 3 years, the family lived in a refugee camp within Greece until such time they settled in Piraeus.

In 1956, with only a telephone number of an Uncle in Brooklyn, Andrew came to the United States taking a job as an accountant with Transoceanic Marine while earning an accounting degree at night from the Baruch Business School of the City College of NY. This began a very successful 40-year career in the Maritime Industry that ended with his retirement as President & Chairman of the Board of Cove Endeavor Shipping Corporation of Mobile, Alabama.

In 1960, Andrew married his beloved wife Dana, and was drafted into the US Army where he shipped out to Korea serving during the Korean Conflict.

Upon his return from Asia, they began their family and lived in Montville, NJ, Mobile, Alabama, and Austin, Texas while also maintaining their much-loved Farm in Putnam Station, NY on the eastern edge of the Adirondacks, sitting on the shores of Lake Champlain.

Andrew was always active in politics and community affairs throughout his life serving on the local Town and County levels for which he received numerous commendations and recognitions.

Beside his very successful career in business, he was most proud of his family; his children, his grandchildren and their spouses and he took every opportunity to tell anyone he could about how proud he was of his family.

But Andrew's crowning achievement was his love and devotion to his wife Dana who he adored until his final breath. In one of his very last moments with us here on Earth, he looked into Dana's eyes, held her hand in a tight grip and said to her "Baby, you were "it". I love you".

In fact, Andrew, Dad, Papou, you were "it". Rest in eternity, sitting in your corner of the porch at the Lake House, or your corner on the deck at the Farm, or overlooking the beautiful blue sea of Grand Bahama looking for the next ship to come over the horizon.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to be made in his name to International Orthodox Christian Charities which focuses on helping misplaced refugees around the Globe.

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