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"EFS" 2005 Obituary


EFSTRATIADIS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-31 published
Peacefully on March 28th, 2005, Sunnybrook Hospital, at the age of 66. Beloved husband of Maxi, devoted father adored by daughter Olga and son-in-law André. Proud grandfather to Baby Caroline. Dear brother to Mary, Costas and Stratis. Loving uncle and brother-in-law. George was born in Alexandria, Egypt of Greek descent. Lived in Germany, where he met his life long partner and consciously made Toronto his home of choice. Ryerson Business Administration Graduate of 1980. George always modelled his love of learning. Fluent in 7 languages, George worked passionately assisting newcomers to settle in Toronto as Counsellor and later as Co-ordinator of the Ontario Welcome House. As a hobby, George loved teaching the Greek language and sharing his fervour for Hellenism with his students at Seneca College, and teaching and volunteering tirelessly with the Greek Community of Toronto. In retirement, George became a freelance interpreter and regularly enjoyed playing volleyball with his buddies, travelling and sharing in fun times with his dear Friends and family. George will always be remembered for his courage, his positive outlook, his wisdom, his patience, his sense of humour and his deep love for his family and Friends. George continued to smile and think of others during his brave 2 year battle with pancreatic cancer. Friends will be received at The Simple Alternative Funeral Home, 275 Lesmill Road, on Friday, April 1st, 2-4 p.m., 6-9 p.m. Funeral service to be held on Saturday, April 2nd at 10 a.m. at Saint John's Greek Orthodox Church, 1385 Warden Ave. Interment Pine Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in George's memory to the Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre.'You will always be with us'

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