Marinos Vourderis, 97, of Jamaica Estates, the Greek immigrant who founded Marinos Italian Ices, died last week at his home.
One of 24 children, Vourderis came to the United States nearly penniless in the 1930s and later ran a construction company. He eventually inherited an ice cream shop he was working on when the owner ran out of money and opened the Olympic Ice Cream Company.
According to his daughter, Margie, Vourderis worked on his recipe for years and in 1964 introduced his Italian ices at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Park. They were an immediate hit.
The founder retired from his successful venture in 2002.
His colorful summer treats are made in a factory in Richmond Hill and sold in stores, restaurants, ice cream trucks and carts across the country.
Vourderis is survived by his wife, Mary; his daughter; a son, Dennis; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Saturday at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Jamaica and he was interred at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens.