Richard Peter “Rick” Anoia, 61, passed away peacefully Friday, July 19, 2019, at home surrounded by family after a brave fight with cancer.
He lived to honorably serve God, his community, family and self. A graduate of First Colonial High School, Class of 1976, and Old Dominion University, Rick was an Eagle Scout , Class of 1974, and lifelong friend of scouting, serving most recently as Tidewater Council president and board member. His various leadership roles were a prelude to a life of community service.
Rick, early in his professional career, was recognized as Outstanding Young Person in the hospitality industry in 1986. He owned and operated the Windjammer Motel in Virginia Beach with his family from 1987 to 2003. He served in many capacities including the Virginia Beach Jaycees, Economic Development Advisory Council, Resort Advisory Commission, Tow Advisory Board, as president of the Virginia Beach Hotel-Motel Association, chairman of the Resort Leadership Council, director of the Virginia Hospitality, Travel Association and the Cyprus Benevolent Society. He served on the board of the Virginia Beach TowneBank.
Rick is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 37 years, Helen Savvides; two sons, Peter and Saveras, and his fiancée, Brittany Kuhn; twin brother, Nick, and his wife, Wendy, and daughter, Tiffany; brother, Ron Anoia and June Ribeiro; little sister-in-law, Antigoni Savvides; and brother-in-law, Harry Savvides, and daughter, Dottie. He has extended family of cousins. There are friends and associates, some very dear, who are not forgotten and innumerable.
A Trisagion will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 25, at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Norfolk, followed by Makaria and burial services in Princess Anne Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tidewater Council, Scouts BSA.
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