Sotirios (Sam) I. Mastrodimas, 76, of Sewell, passed away on August 7, 2021 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease and cancer.
Born in Evias, Greece to the late John and Maria (nee Kyriakou) Mastrodimas. Beloved husband to Darlene Mastrodimas for over 43 years. Devoted father of John Mastrodimas (Ashley) of Magnolia, Christina Stone (William) of Sewell and Maria Mastrodimas (Maria) of Sewell. Loving Pa-Pou of John, Landon, Colton, Arianna, Jaren, Nathan, Evan, Mariah and Kylah. Dear brother of Evangelos Mastrodimas of Williamstown and Konstandina Karvelis of Greece. Loving uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.
Before coming to the United States, Sam was a cook on the Greek cargo ships, as well as serving in the Greek Navy. In 1973 Sam journeyed to the United States to pursue his love of cooking. Not only did Sam land a cooking position at Ponzio's Diner, he landed the love of his life Darlene who was also working there at that time. They married in 1978 and Sam opened Five Points Diner in 1979.
Sam's hard work, dedication and strong will to succeed soon made Five Points one of the most successful diners in South Jersey. On any given afternoon you could walk into the diner and find Sam enjoying a cup of coffee on the counter and discussing politics and religion with the diner regulars. While many believed Sam's greatest accomplishment was the diner, it was his family! He loved spending time with his wife, his children and eventually his 9 grandchildren. A true gentleman who wore a shirt and tie everyday until his last days. He truly was one of a kind and will be greatly missed.
There will be a viewing from 9:45am to 11:45am on Friday at St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church, 615 Mercer Street, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.
Funeral Mass 12pm at the Church.
Interment Locustwood Memorial Park, Cherry Hill.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill NJ, 08034 (www.cancer.org) or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 (www.michaeljfox.org/donate).
"Darlene and family,
We are sending our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to all of you. My Mother and Father, Sylvia and Sahl Becker loved Sammy..They so enjoyed frequenting Five Points to not only enjoy delicious meals but to visit their dear friend Sammy for great discussions..My brother, Andy Becker was also close to Sammy and so enjoyed their great conversations. We had many family dinners and celebrations with Sammy taking care of all our requests. Sammy will be missed by all of us. Our deepest regards to Darlene and family.
With all our love, Barbara and Barry Bond and Andy Becker and family "
"I am so sad to hear this, Sammy was the nicest person and boss he was really good to me,I like
working there and will always remember his laughter like it was yesterday especially the time maryann played a prank on me he laugh so hard he will be miss by many people was bless with a beautiful kind family, May God
bless them and keep them may he shine his face upon them and give them peace.
God bless you Sammy
"God bless Sam
He always had time to say
Charles San Diego now !'n"
"We moved to Sewell in 1983. The diner was our introduction to Sam and Darlene. They were such a kind and loving couple. Prayers to Darlene and her entire family. "