Andrew T. Banis was the oldest son of Tom and Olga Lazana Banis, was born in Sioux City, Iowa on June 16, 1932. The Banis family moved to San Francisco after the birth of their youngest son, Harry. Both parents were immigrants from Greece and were looking to San Francisco to start their new life. Andrew attended schools in San Francisco and graduated from Lowell High School. After four years of active duty in the United States Coast Guard he was Honorably Discharged and returned to complete his College Degree in Accounting and Business.
Andrew was married on January 16, 1955 to Thalia Joan Bezaitis for forty-four years. Their children are Tom and Marie Dalkas Banis and George and Kristine Barakos Banis. He has been blessed to have five grandchildren, he always referred to them as his “A’s”. They are Alexandra, Andrew, Angelique (C.T. McIntosh), Anisa (Alex Khoury) and Anthony Banis.
Andrew was Founder and Past President of Banis Restaurant Design, Inc. The business services the food industry in Design and Furnishings of all related food establishments.
He was pronounced as “Archon Megas Hieromnimon of the Great Church of Christ, Order of Saint Andrew” by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholmeos of Constantinople, Turkey. He also is a recipient of the “Archdiocesan Medal of Saint Paul” and 58 year member and Past President of Ascension Cathedral of Oakland.
Andrew was an active member of the Order of AHEPA for sixty years and has served in all offices on the chapter and district level and given the opportunity to serve as Supreme President of Order of AHEPA 2001-2002. He has served with personal and honor to the ORDER.
The Hellenic American Professional Society of California presented “The Axion Award” for Andrew’s exemplary service to his learned Profession.
He was co-founder of the Bay Area Greek American Business Society. Served with his wife Thalia and Director Paul Manolis during founding of the Patriarch Athengoras Orthodox Institute at University of California Berkeley.
But above all, Andy will be remembered as a loving father, husband and grandfather. He taught us all to live life to the fullest, say yes to spending time with family and friends and always have a good story to tell. His positive attitude was contagious and model of how we live our lives. No matter the circumstance, he saw the best in every situation. It was a life well lived in grace, integrity and love.
Schedule of Services
Trisagion – Tuesday, 8/3/21 at 7:00 PM, Ascension Cathedral
Funeral – Wednesday, 8/4/21 at 10:00 AM, Ascension Cathedral, followed by Makaria. Burial to follow at Mt. View Cemetery in Oakland.
Live Stream: The Funeral Service can also be viewed through our parish live stream on our Parish Website or on our parish Youtube Channel.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to:
Thalia Bezaitis Banis Scholarship Fund
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension
4700 Lincoln Ave
Oakland, CA 94602
Past Supreme President of AHEPA Andrew T. Banis Mourned
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