Anastasios "Taso" Vassiliadis

Anastasios "Taso" Vassiliadis

Anastasios "Taso" Vassiliadis

August 01, 1973~September 11, 2018

Vassiliadis, Anastasios ‘Taso’
beloved husband of Barbara (nee Matthopoulos), passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and family at the age of 45 after more than 20 months fighting one of the bravest wars against colon cancer. Son of Kleleia (the late Pantelis) Vassiliadis, and brother of Joseph, Taso came to the U.S. in 1993 from Athens, Greece, to pursue everything the American Dream had to offer. When he arrived in Florida to complete his studies, he knew he would never live anywhere else. Long-time owner of Coles Gun Shop in Clearwater, Taso was respected for successfully living his passion, and to all who knew him, it showed. ‘Tiny’ never let his disease stop him, actively running his business, traveling, and living life to its fullest. He was a private philanthropist, who gave with his heart to organizations and those in need, and helped in every way he knew how. He met his Barbie in 2014, they married in 2015, and were blessed with true love and partnership of four years together. His family was complete with his proudest loves, Colt and Kimber, the love of his special aunts, Elisabet Kontou and Maria Douvris, and his dear friends he met along the way at Coles. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 6 – 8:30 PM at Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 1910 Douglas Avenue, Clearwater, FL. Trisagion services at 7 PM. Friends and family will meet at church at 9 AM Saturday, September 15, 2018 then proceed to Panagia Vlahernon Greek Monastery for services and burial, at 12600 West Highway 318, Williston, FL. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Panagia Vlahernon and directed to the Anastasios Vassiliadis Memorial Fund.

Condolence

Amanda and Michael (Friend)

September 12, 2018, 12:00 am

Rest in peace lovely lovely man. We will miss you so very much. Love and prayers to you.

Tasia Vouloumanos (Cousin in law)

September 12, 2018, 12:00 am

How I wish this was not true!! Unfortunately, for all who loved him, it's a very sad reality. My deepest and sincerest, heartfelt condolences to you and to his family. My prayers and thoughts are with you in this difficult time. Stay strong and know that he is with you and definitely watching over you! May he rest in peace and his memory be eternal. I love you ❤

Susan Alexander (Friend from work)

September 12, 2018, 12:00 am

I'm so very sad for you and your family and also for everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Taso he was truly a great and caring person. So with heavy heart my thoughts are with you all.

Christian Stull (gun wholesaler)

September 12, 2018, 12:00 am

Though I never met him in person, Taso always called me “my friend”when we spoke on the phone and I always will think of him as that, my friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family as they grieve and miss his presence. I will miss not hearing his warm greeting to me on the phone. Speedy travels to your next step my friend.

Ron Jarrell (Best Friends/ Worked together )

September 12, 2018, 12:00 am

I'm beyond heartbroken for you and all of us. We have lost a real Champion of a friend and businessman. Taso and I had quite a few adventures in the gun business and So many good times as friends. I will miss him for the rest of my days. He was a friend and I loved him like a brother. I trusted him with my life! And that is the highest thing I've ever said about anyone.

John & Natalie Mockler (Business Associate & Friend)

September 12, 2018, 12:00 am

With our deepest sympathy to the family of Taso and the staff at Cole's Gun Shop. Taso was one of the most generous people we have ever met. Though it had been a while since we had seen him we never forgot how he helped us with our business when we first started back in 2004. May Taso rest in peace, we lost a good man way to soon.

Ginger and Bruce Downs (Friend)

September 12, 2018, 12:00 am

Our love and prayers go out to Barb and Taso’s family. He was taken far too young, but lived life fully, surrounded by love. Peace.

Veronica Hedgecock (Friend)

September 12, 2018, 12:00 am

Deepest sympathy, love, strength and peace to your family

Jeff Champagne (Friend)

September 12, 2018, 12:00 am

His friends called him Tiny, but he was a big man with a big heart.He helped quite a few people and touched many more. .They say a man passes twice, once when his breath leaves his body and again when the last person who knows him speaks his name. Tasos will be remembered for a very long time by many. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

Jeff Champagne (Friend)

September 12, 2018, 12:00 am

His friends called him Tiny, but he was a big man with a big heart.He helped quite a few people and touched many more. .They say a man passes twice, once when his breath leaves his body and again when the last person who knows him speaks his name. Tasos will be remembered for a very long time by many. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

Jeff Champagne (Friend)

September 12, 2018, 12:00 am

His friends called him Tiny, but he was a big man with a big heart.He helped quite a few people and touched many more. They say a man passes twice, once when his breath leaves his body and again when the last person who knows him speaks his name. Tasos will be remembered for a very long time by many. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

Rick Gauthier (Parts supplier turned friend turned employee )

September 12, 2018, 12:00 am

The world, I, and you have lost one of the greatest men any of us could know. I met Tasos at a FL gun show, we bonded over our love of WWII militaria, and he bought a LOT of parts. He was a man’s man, and didn’t mince words. I grew VERY fond of Tasos, very quickly. I don’t bring people into my heart easily. Our initial meeting was business, but I grew to love this man as genuinely as any man can. It is true Tasos was as quiet about his altruism, but this man gave and gave and gave. When I personally fell on hard times, he brought me in, employed me, and made sure my son was fed. This is as not a man who did “good” for the sake of recognition or a slap on the back. He did things for people because they were in NEED, who sought no accolades for it. A truly remarkable man. My heart BREAKS for his beloved Barbara, and the rest of the family. Men like Tasos are in drastically short supply. His loss at such a young age is a tragedy that cannot be overstated. I have cried more for him than some of my own blood. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU, BIG MAN!

Jason Martin (Friend)

September 12, 2018, 12:00 am

An incredible man that will be greatly missed!! I never saw Taso turn someone away that was in need, he was always willing to help. My condolences to Barb and the rest of his family. Rest in peace my friend.

Stacey & Steve Ball (Friends )

September 13, 2018, 12:00 am

To our dear friend Taso
We are so sorry you had to leave us all so soon in life, as we all know god alway takes good people to become he’s Angels so I guess this is what he had in store for you our friend, as u are one of the most loveliest and kindest men that ever walk this earth.
R.I.P our friend untill we meet again .

Yasmina Gauthier (Wife of Employee)

September 13, 2018, 12:00 am

It's a very rare soul who can touch the lives of people who never had the privilege of ever meeting them; this man is one of those very rare souls. My husband, Rick, met Taso almost five years ago when we first moved here and has had the pleasure of working with him for almost a year. He has NEVER had so many positive things to say about a “boss” as he had to say about this man. My heart absolutely aches for his family and friends…Taso has been THE best friend my family has ever had during the worst year we've ever experienced…all while he was suffering himself. We here on Earth lost a TRUE angel and my family will honor him always. SO MUCH love to his family 💕❤️💕❤️💕

Nicholas Karagiannis (friend)

September 13, 2018, 12:00 am

Shocked!!!!! One of the kindest human beings I’ve ever met! Rest in peace my friend with a golden heart! You will be missed dearly! My father was always happy to see and talk to you. You were one of of the few who actually listened and appreciated wisdom from an intelligent man!

Keith Hansford (Friends)

September 13, 2018, 12:00 am

We were very sad to hear the news of his passing. He was one-of-a-kind great man. He will be missed by all that knew him.

James Harris 'Anastase' (friend)

September 13, 2018, 12:00 am

This is heart breaking and my prayers go to his family. We shared common interests and was always a pleasure to visit with him. I will never forget Taso.

Nick and Stephane Tziavaras (Friends )

September 13, 2018, 12:00 am

Gone too soon but a life fully lived with love and passion for all it offered. Barbara, You were blessed to be his great love, as he was to be loved by you. May his memory be eternal. We love you and hold you in our prayers and hearts.

Karen and Matt Horvath (My husband, John, worked for Taso and webecame friends)

September 13, 2018, 12:00 am

Only the good die young. That puts Taso as one of the best. He and John are up in heaven trying to set up a new gun store, just as they did on earth many years ago. Have fun, guys.
Our condolences go out to his family. We wish them comfort, strength, hope, and peace.

Ann Schatzle (Nurse)

September 14, 2018, 12:00 am

Our “Teddy Bear” who no matter how bad he felt was always F—— Fantastic. Will never forget that warrior spirit ! MIP Infusion loves you.

Wayne & Dottie Spitaleri (Friends )

September 14, 2018, 12:00 am

It was an honor to call Taso a friend. Every once in a while you have the privilege to meet a person who you know from day one is a standup individual. We will miss that laugh that came from deep in his belly. The smile of such a big man which still showed what he must have been like as a young child. The kindness he showed to those who knew him. To be taken so soon from his family and friends is hard to comprehend. Maybe Saint Peter needed some trustworthy big men on guard at the Pearly gates, so he called Taso home. We find solace in knowing that Taso found the love of his life in Barbara. She was the driving force that kept him going when times got hard. May you find love, strength, and peace knowing you did everything possible to make his life the best it could be! Rest in peace Big Man. You will always remain in our hearts.

Dottie and Wayne Spitalerii (Friend)

September 14, 2018, 12:00 am

It was an honor to call Taso a friend. Every once in a while you have the privilege to meet a person who you know from day one is a standup individual. We will miss that laugh that came from deep in his belly. The smile of such a big man which still showed what he must have been like as a young child. The kindness he showed to those who knew him. To be taken so soon from his family and friends is hard to comprehend. Maybe Saint Peter needed some trustworthy big men on guard at the Pearly gates, so he called Taso home. We find solace in knowing that Taso found the love of his life in Barbara. She was the driving force that kept him going when times got hard. May you find love, strength, and peace knowing you did everything possible to make his life the best it could be! Rest in peace Big Man. You will always remain in our hearts.

Kyriakos (Best friend)

September 14, 2018, 12:00 am

The day Taso “left us” was the day I lost my brother.

He was a unique human being in every sense of the word: from his amazing personality, brilliant mind, empathetic approach towards the less fortunate, always uplifting spirit that was immediately passed to everyone around him, everlasting passion for his work and life. Last but not least, his huge smile and loud laughter were proofs that he was still a kid in-heart.

His departure leaves a huge void in my life but he will always live in my heart and mind.

May God rest his soul and give strength to his family.

Elliott Algarin (Friend)

September 15, 2018, 12:00 am

I’m still shocked, sad, angry, upset and can’t believe you are gone! The world has lost an amazing individual who lived life to the fullest! A man who made a difference in people’s lives, a man who made this world a better place period. Taso life will not be the same without you, nor will the people you’ve come in contact with. I’m sure they are all eternally grateful for what you have done for them, I know I am. A big man with an even bigger heart who carried himself with pride, dignity, and respect. A man who was very humble, honest, and caring. A man who at times could be tough but also understanding. A man who was big but can move fast and I mean fast. Nothing will be the same with out you but one thing that will remain intact is your legacy. I’m positive your name will carry on for all eternity. The stories about you will be shared and you will not be forgotten! I will never be able to thank you enough for everything, for all the lessons you’ve taught me, all the conversations we had on different topics! You along with the guys from the shop became my family and I will not forget all of our adventures! At times you were my boss, a father figure, an older brother I looked up to, and a friend who gave me advice. Thank you for helping mold me into the man I am today because if it wasn’t for you and the guys from the shop I wouldn’t have gotten to where I’m at. My deepest condolences, go out to his family, friends along with my thoughts and prayers, rest easy Taso!

Thomas Lane (Customer / friend)

October 4, 2018, 12:00 am

I used to live in Clearwater and I moved to Indiana a few years ago. I came back down for a visit in May, 2018 and almost didn't go into Coles to see Taso because of the road work on Sunset Point. I'm so glad I took the extra time to visit Taso. He told me he was beating the cancer and he was in good spirits. I just called the store today (Oct, 4) and one of the guys told me Taso was gone. I'm just stunned.

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