Vasilios Zafiriades

Date of Passing:

August 27, 2022

Zafiriades, Vasilios, “Bill,” 84, of Beverly Road, Riverside, died peacefully on August 27, 2022 at the Greenwood Center, Warwick. He was the beloved husband of Eva (Lazos) Zafiriades.

Born in Agios Ilias Kastoria, Greece, a son of the late Apostolos and Pagona (Antoniadis) Zafiriades, he lived in Riverside for 46 years.

Mr. Zafiriades was the Owner of Town Pizza for 25 years before retiring in 2005.

Bill was a member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Cranston. He will be remembered for his kindness and generosity as he helped so many people in so many different ways through the years.

Bill came to the US and was so proud to have become an American Citizen. He loved his country as much as he loved his homeland.

He enjoyed reading, traveling back home to Greece and spending time with his loving family.

Besides his wife of 60 years, he is survived by a daughter, Lena Zafiriades and her husband Saki Meltsakos and their three children, Christos, Vasilios and Evyenia of Barrington; a son, Paul Zafiriades and his son Cote Zafiriades of Riverside; a brother, Socrates Zafiriades of Greece; two sisters, Eleni Koukoubani of Greece and Argiro Kouvatas of Greece; one great granddaughter, Penelope Zafiriades; several nieces and nephews and his devoted dog, “Pipito.”

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Calling hours in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside on Tuesday August 30, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. His funeral service will be private. A private burial will be held in Forest Chapel Cemetery, Nayatt Road, Barrington.

Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Mr. Zafiriades memory to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA, 23453 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. I had just learned of Bill’s passin, he was a good man, many years of fond memories…RIP

  2. Billy Vasili will never be forgotten, we, my husband and I, loved this man! Yiasou, Billy, rest in eternal peace in the arms of our Lord.

  3. Bill was a great person, a real Greek who we used to see at all Greek, Armenian and Arabic affairs and nigh spots. He was the fun at the event and well-liked at all functions. RIP

  4. Lena, Claire and I are so sorry to learn of your father’s passing. He was a wonderful man and will be remembered as such.

    Me vathýtati sympátheia

  5. Dear Eva, Lena, Saki and family, please accept my heartfelt condolences on this terribly sad loss. Bill was such a warm and kind-hearted man. I will always remember his big smile and open arms at Town Pizza and wherever I saw him in town. May he rest In peace and may your memories comfort you ?
    With love, Patty

  6. Lena, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Please extend my condolences to your family.

  7. To Ava , Lena, Paul, Saki and the rest of The Zafiriades family , my wife and I are so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. He was a good man with a good heart who helped many people. He was a proud man with a successful hometown business. He will be missed by thousands of people. We are sorry we couldn’t make the hours, we will be donating to operation smile, an organization near and dear to my heart. May Bill Rest In Peace.

  8. Sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad Lena . My condolences to you and your family.

  9. To Eva, Lena, Saki, and the entire Zafiriades family, my deepest sympathy on this sad loss. Bill was a truly wonderful man, a one-of-a-kind person, and a shining example for all of us. How lucky we all were to know him…and how missed he will be. May God bless and comfort you.
    With love, Regina

  10. Dear Zafiriades Family: I am so sorry to learn on Mr. Zafiriades passing. I moved away from Riverside many years ago but lived there as a kid and grew up with Town Pizza being part of my childhood. I remember being so proud as a kid in the late 70’s when I was considered old enough to walk all the way there with my friends to have a pizza with our allowance. What a gift to have a family owned business that is truly part of our fiber for Riverside residents and continues to be. I truly appreciate your family and may Mr. Zafiriades rest in peace. God Bless your family
    Sincerely, Michelle (Langlois) Sousa and the Langlois family

  11. To our goddaughter Lena, Eva and the Zafiriades family – May his memory be Eternal!

    May you find comfort in the Lord during this difficult time.

    With deepest sympathy and love.

  12. To one of my best friends Socrates- (Saki), and the entire Zafiriadis family, our sincere condolences to each and everyone of you, for the loss of everybody’s friend Bill.
    May God give you the strength to go through this sorrow, and may his memory be everlasting. May his soul rest in peace.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Therma Silipitiria.
    George Foussekis & Family
    Demitris foussekis

  13. To the Zafiriades family please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.
    Ο Βασίλης ήταν πάντα καλός στην παρέα και πρώτος στον χορό.
    Αιωνια η μνήμη του.

  14. My deepest condolences to the Zafiriadis’s family for the loss of their beloved “Bill”. He was a good friend of mine with whom
    I have shared many unforgettable personal experiences
    through the years. May his soul rest in peace.

  15. Lena I am so sorry to
    hear about your dad. I love you girl and we’ve talked about this. I know how much your heart must be breaking. Everybody in town loved him and your mom. I’ll see you tomorrow I just seen this just now I love you girl XOXO

  16. Ava,Lena and Paul
    So many great memories of Bill and your family. My thoughts are with you all. May he rest in peace.??

  17. So sorry to hear of the loss of your father, Lena. Our condolences to you and your family during this trying time.

  18. My family ate at Town Pizza many nights a week during baseball since the early 70’s. I later worked there for years. Town Pizza has always been family to me. I’m so very sorry for your loss. May Bill Rest In Peace. Love Kathy (silva) Saleeba.

  19. I first met Bill in the 70’s when I started my 1st job at Town Pizza and Creamery, then owned by Saki Zafiriades. The entire Zafiriades family was always so kind to me. Bill always had a BIG smile and hug for me when ever we would run into each other and Eva, you would always make me laugh! My deepest condolences to Saki, Lena, Eva and the entire Zafiriades family. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Deepest Sympathy,
    Laura Richard (Drapetis)

  20. To the Zafiriades Family, I am so sorry for your loss, Bill was always a gentleman to talk to. May he Rest In Peace and God Bless.

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