Sylvia Polychronides

Sylvia Frank Polychronides passed away on the afternoon of October 11, 2021 two weeks after her 89th birthday. She died peacefully at home in Pinellas Park, Florida and is survived by her three children: Susan Richards, Kathy Z. Gillis, and Stephen Gillis; five grandchildren: Ashley Richards Finlay, Marlena [Gillis] Anagnostopoulos, Maylin Gillis, Gordon Michel Weitz, and Benjamin Waller Weitz; and three great-grandchildren: Auden Anagnostopoulos, Madden Anagnostopoulos, and Archibald Simpson Finlay.  Sylvia was a native of Tampa, Florida, graduating from Hillsborough High School in 1950. She attended business school after graduation and her first job was in bookkeeping for GMAC. Over the years she dabbled in real estate, selling Cadillacs and the retail furniture business, the latter took her on the road and allowed her to travel extensively in the United States.  She was the proprietor of “Syvlia’s Gift Inn” at Tampa Bay Center for a number of years. She was also fond of collecting and this hobby centered around her love for all things; Coca-Cola, Barbie, Betty Boop & the movie Gone with the Wind. This collecting led her into a joint venture in an Antique Boutique with two partners, (Jerry and Bob). It later led to her being a successful Ebay Entrepreneur for many years.  Her love of the theater led to several acting roles in the Bay Area as well as some singing appearances.  She loved toy poodles, Eeyore, and playing piano (preferably a baby grand). Immensely proud of her growing family, she was finally able, in early September, to meet her second great-grandchild, Madden, born during the COIVD-19 pandemic, and was heart-filled to know that her third great-grandchild, Archie, was born in Scotland on her birthday this year.  Sylvia married John Polychronides in 1955, only to be widowed 7 years later. That marriage produced two girls: Susan Elizabeth and Kathy. In 1966 she married John Gillis producing a son, Stephen Alexander. In 1980 she married Leo “Skip” Grant.  All her husbands proceeded her in death.

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Irene constantinides
1 month ago

Our deepest sympathy to Susan, Kathy, Stephen, and all grand and great grandchildren in your great loss of your Sylvia who had a full and happy 89 years with all her family. May she always be remembered.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I miss being part of this beautiful family. May she Rest In Peace. Love to you all 😘😘😘
Debbie Perez

Jean Altman Lamb
1 month ago

When I saw Sylvia’s photo in today’s Times I immediately recognized her as a close friend of the girl I married, Irene Fernandez. Both Irene and Sylvia worked in the accounting office of GMAC in Tampa. I remember Sylvia as a very charming and sweet young lady. I will try to attach a photo of Sylvia at the wedding of Irene and I, Oct 26, 1952.
My condolences for your loss.

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