Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Believing in the Evil Eye is to Recognize the Hidden Harm of Praise

By Katherine Kizilos
The Age

Published in The National Herald, June 3, 2006  


I am excited to announce that The National Herald has given Hellenic Genealogy Geek the right to reprint articles that may be of interest to our group. 


You do not expect to see a display of metaphysics in your local milk bar, but I think that's what I witnessed when I watched a man curse a woman who carelessly leaned across him while pointing to an item in the dairy counter. The woman looked sad and preoccupied, and when she bumped against the man, she apologized. He responded with a deliberate, softly spoken curse. 

The woman drew herself up and looked down at the man. He was a small man. "What did you say?" she asked, not raising her voice. 

"You heard," he replied. 

What happened next is hard to describe. She continued to look at the man, but he couldn't hold her gaze. After a long moment he turned his head and left the shop. 

Later I asked her what had taken place. She said she didn't know exactly, but thought she might have given the man the evil eye. 

The woman was Greek. Her grandmother believed in the evil eye, and it surprised her that this old knowledge, which she did not know she shared, should have risen in her. 

One does not hear about the evil eye much in Australia, but years ago in Greece, I made a game of asking people whether or not they believed in it. 

At the time, I was living in a mountain village in the Peloponnese, a remote, wild and beautiful place. Most of the villagers were old people who believed in magic and spirits. Living with them, one could sense how such a landscape, with its deep valleys, its hidden gullies, its majesty and isolation could influence a person's sense of what was real and what was not. 

My neighbor, Antioni, for instance, liked to tell the story of her childhood encounter with a water nymph. She was a schoolgirl walking through the fields with my Uncle Nick when they saw the nymph - or Nereid - combing her hair by a stream. Nick, who was a big strong boy, ran away in fright because everybody knew nereids bring bad luck with them. But Antioni said she had not been frightened; she thought the water nymph was beautiful. 

Then again, it may have been that she was not frightened because the nymph had not been there for her. Soon afterwards, Nick was thrown from his horse as he rode past the stream where he had seen the nereid and died. And from that day, his mother - my grandmother Katerina - believed she had been cursed by the evil eye. 


There is a strange logic at work here. According to traditional belief, the evil eye is most likely to afflict the handsome, the strong and the fortunate - those who are blessed attract a curse. To believe in the evil eye is to recognize that flattering praise may conceal a dark wish to inflict harm. 

That is why a Greek person might spit upon a healthy, bonny baby or a lovely young bride. The purpose of these polite, false little spits - they sound more like tootoos (“ptou-ptou, mi to matiaso,” i.e., let me not give it the evil eye) - is to avert the possibility of an envious curse and the harm it might do. 

People who have been so cursed (or who believe they have) will complain of the sudden onset of nausea, dizziness, headache and cold sweats. To discover if the evil eye is the cause, it is necessary to place some drops of olive oil in a glass of water. If the oil dissolves in the water, then the evil eye is at work (or so it is said). 

When I lived in Greece, my cousin Dina would often complain of being afflicted with the evil eye. Out came the water and the olive oil; sighs and tears would follow if the oil dissolved. The remedy was to find a woman, usually an old woman, who had the power to say a counter-curse and nullify the effect of the evil eye. This could be done over the phone if necessary. 

One afternoon, as Dina was performing this routine, I asked her to check if I was also under the influence of the evil eye. 

"Why, how do you feel," she asked? "I'm fine," I answered. 

We watched together as the olive oil dissolved in the water. 

"You see? It's rubbish. I should be suffering but I'm perfectly okay," I said. "All this proves is that it doesn't affect you if you don't believe in it." 

The counter-curse, more accurately, is a prayer of protection. In Greece, I was taught some versions by my neighbors, who believed that mothers ought to share this knowledge. Each woman taught a different prayer. My favorite called upon the spirits of the mountains and the forests, as though all of nature could be called upon in this battle with evil. 

In my private survey, I asked an uncle who ran a nightclub about the evil eye because he appeared to be more cynical and detached than most people. 

"Everyone believes in the evil eye," he told me. "Even the people who say they don't believe in it, believe in it." He described how, at his club, young blades would come in clutching their stomachs or their heads in pain, searching for the woman who worked at the bar because she was said to be handy with the counter-curse. My uncle rolled his eyes and dragged on his cigarette. 

"And what about you? Do you believe in it," I asked? 

"No. But I don't believe in anything. I don't believe in Heaven or hell, and I believe that, when we die, we rot in the ground," he said. 

Materialism is uncompromising: The ineffable is either everywhere or nowhere. Looked at another way, a belief in spirits, good and bad, could also be a source of meaning and hope. 

Back in Melbourne, my neighbor wondered if the man she had cursed would come to harm. "Maybe you didn't curse him, at all," I suggested. "Maybe you just turned his curse away." 

She smiled, relieved and satisfied. "That's what my grandmother used to do," she said. 

The Age published the above on May 27. The original headline is, “Evil in the eye of the Culture in Greece: To believe in the evil eye is to recognize that flattering praise may conceal a dark wish to inflict harm.”

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tracing the Facts about Greek Immigration

By Stratos Boudouridis
Special to The National Herald

Published in The National Herald, March 4, 2006  


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NEW YORK - President Lyndon Johnson's immigration legislation reforms in 1965 played a very important role in the life and development of all immigrant communities in the United States. By extension, the Greek American community was no exception. 

According to relevant prior laws, Northern Europeans had priority over residents from other countries. The same legislation, which was created in 1920, limited the immigration of residents from many countries in Latin America. It is estimated that, until the Johnson immigration law reforms, 90 percent of U.S. immigrants emanated from Europe. 

The immigration reforms adopted in 1965 opened America's doors to millions of immigrants from Asian and Latin American countries, inviting them to participate in the “American Dream.” Twenty years later, only the 10 percent of this country's immigrants came from Europe. The overwhelming majority of “new immigrants” were from Mexico, Cuba and the Philippines. 

During this period and until the 1970's, when the Johnson laws were fully applied, Greece experienced the second largest immigration wave after the one marking in the dawn of 20th Century. Roughly 160,000 Greeks crossed the Atlantic Ocean searching for better life after 1965. 

Historically, more than 700,000 Greeks are recorded as emigrating from Greece to the United States from the time of the first waves of Greek immigration. 

According to statistics cited by Elizabeth Corwin, Press Counselor at the American Embassy in Greece, Greeks were generally less inclined to emigrate from their homeland during the postwar period, and there has been a marked decrease in the number of Greek immigrants as compared to the prewar period. One important difference is the fact that, before the World War II, the U.S. Embassy used to issue thousands of visas to Greeks who wished to immigrate to America. This is stark contrast to the current immigration climate, in which the number of visas issued to Greeks has dropped to less than 500 annually, and the half of those are issued to non-Greeks who live in Greece (e.g., Albanians). Statistics from the U.S. Embassy in Athens show precisely how many Greeks attempted to immigrate to the United States from 1820 to 1998: In the decade of 1821-30, 20 Greeks crossed the Atlantic Ocean; in 1831-40, 49 did so; in 1841-50, 16; in… 
1851-60 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 
1861-70 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 
1871-80 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210 
1881-90. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,308 
1891-1900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15,979 
1901-10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167,519 
1911-20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184,201 
1921-30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51,084 
1931-40. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,119 
1941-50. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8,973 
1951-60 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47,608 
1961-70 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85,969 
1971-80 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92,369 
1981-90 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38,377 
1991-93 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,096

According to the U.S. Embassy, 2,539 visas were issued to Greeks in 1994; 2,404 in 1995; 2,394 in 1996; 1,483 in 1997; and 1,183 in 1998. 

In 1995, a new law was created which permitted the issuance of migratory visas for two categories of immigrants: those who are entitled to an unlimited number of visas per year, and those who are only eligible for a restricted number of visas per year. 

The first category includes people who have a primary relationship to American citizens (e.g., spouses, parents and children under the age of 18). 

In the second category, no more than 675 thousand visas (total) are issued per year, and those are divided into three sub-categories:

1. 480,000 visas for persons who maintain family bonds with U.S. citizens, who may sponsor them. 

2. 140,000 visas are granted in the form of work permits for both skilled and unskilled individuals. Educators, artists, scientists and specialists in business and the sports industry are given priority. 

3. 55,000 for those with a higher education, as well as workers with at least two years of experience, and to no more than 10,000 unskilled laborers. 

According to recent statistics in the 2000 U.S. Census, 1,153,295 people of Greek heritage and 7,663 people of Cypriot heritage live and work in the United States, and constitute the 0.4 percent of its population. In the previous decade, the influx of Greek immigrants increased by 43,003 or 3.9 percent, rendering it the smallest increase from the time of the first mass migration in the late 19th Century.

Unofficially, community sources estimate the number of Greek Americans at more than 2.5 million. Almost 500 thousand of them live in the New York City area; 400 thousand in the Chicago area; 250 thousand in greater Boston; and a significant number in California, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. There are also substantial Greek communities in the states of Florida and Texas. 

Other large Greek immigration centers are Australia, which numbers, roughly 700 thousand Greeks; Germany, with some 316 thousand; and Canada, with 300 thousand. 

According to historians, the first Greek immigrant who came to America was a Cretan by the name Theodore, 36 years after Christopher Columbus discovered the Western Hemisphere. Theodore was a member of Spanish explorer Pafilio de Narfaeth's crew when his boat anchored at what is today known as the city of Pensacola, Florida. In January of 2005, a bronze statue of Theodore, the first Greek immigrant to the New World was erected in Tampa (an initiative undertaken by the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Florida).

The second official Greek immigrant in America is also of Cretan origin: one Konopios by name, who lived New England. According to recorded accounts, he owned and operated a coffee shop. 

In 1692, the Greek explorer Juan de Fuca (Yannis Phokas of Cepalonia) discovered the strait bearing his name, which separates the state of Washington from British Columbia. 

The first group immigration of Greeks took place in 1768, when almost 500 Greek immigrants colonized the Saint Augustine, Florida area. A little later, the first Greek Orthodox Church in America was built in New Orleans.

The first Greek student was Ioannis Paradisos (John Paradise), who came to the United States at the invitation of the great American statesmen and founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. 

One of the early Greek immigrants was also the famous artist, Constantino Brumidi, who decorated the dome of Capitol building in Washington. Even though the first biographical accounts describe him as Italian, because he was born in Rome, in his autobiography,Brumidi reports that he is the son of Stavros Broumides from Filiatra of Arcadia in the Peloponnese.

The first mass immigrations of Greeks to the America began at the end of 19th Century and were completed by 1980. The primary motivation for most all Greek immigrants was the search for improved socioeconomic conditions. It is estimated that more than 650 thousands Greeks crossed the Atlantic Ocean by 1980. Many of them endured racist discrimination not only from members of other ethnic groups, but also from government officials.

Professor Charles Moskos, in his book, “Greek-Americans: Struggle and Success,” writes that the main reason for Greek immigrant success was their professional and public activity, “and the need for escape from misery and unequal treatment.” 

Many Greeks also felt the need to Americanize, in many cases changing their Greek names (if it wasn't already changed for them at Ellis Island) and adopting Anglicized versions of their original names to “fit in better” with American society and the American way of life. Many of them remained deeply Greek, however, in spite of this external impact on their Hellenic identity.

In 1959, a well-known study by Bernard Rosen revealed that Greek immigrants enjoyed the greatest degree of professional and educational success in the United States, compared to other ethnic groups in America. The 1960 Census showed that second generation Greek Americans possess a higher level of education among all other nationalities in the U.S., and only the Jews exceeded the Greeks in average income. The same was also confirmed in the 1970 census ten years later.

Friday, October 13, 2017

1871 - Village of KALYVIA, Municipality of Karyoupoleos, Region of Gythio, Greece - FREE Translation of 1871 General Election List

The digital collections of the Greek State Archives offer a wealth of information to those of us interested in Greek genealogy.  As part of their online collection is the "Election Material From the Collection of Vlachoyiannis" .  This includes "General Election Lists" for each Municipality; recorded by community (city, village, settlement, etc.).

You can view a scanned copy of each list, printed in the Greek language.  This is a GREAT resource, but very difficult to navigate for those who do not read Greek.  Each row includes:  Line # -  Given Name, Surname - Father's Name -  Age - Occupation.

I have translated these pages and made them available in both Greek and English, doing my best to transcribe the information accurately.  I would always recommend viewing the original scanned copies (link below).  

- To the best of my knowledge, these lists include all Males who were eligible to vote in the elections.  

- Names are in alphabetical order by Given name (First name), many times recorded as an abbreviaton.  Example:  Panag = Panagiotis.

- Since the names are in order by Given name you will have to look at the entire community to find multiple members of the family in the same village.  Many times a father is still alive and you will be able to find him in these electoral lists.  This can help advance you family history research back to the early 1800's.  Example:  Year of Election List is 1872.  Father's age is 65.  Birth year would be calculated as 1807.

If you wish to share any of the translated information, please give appropriate credit and reference Hellenic Genealogy Geek at http://www.hellenicgenealogygeek.com along with my name (Georgia Stryker Keilman).  Thanks so much.

in the
Municipality of Karyoupoleos

For your further reference, 
below is the Greek link to the online copies of the 
1871 Greek Electoral Rolls for this community

Line # - Given Name - Surname - Father's Name - Age - Occupation

674 – Αντων Σκανδαλα?ακος? – Γεωργιος – 35 – γεωργος

674 – Anton Skandala?akos? – Georgios – 35 - farmer


675 – Αντων Μου?ηακος – Μαρκος – 30 – γεωργος

675 – Anton Mou?iakos – Markos – 30 - farmer


676 – Αντων Λαζαρακος – γρηγοριος – 21 – γεωργος

676 – Anton Lazarakos – Grigorios – 21 – farmer


677 – Βασιλ Καββακος – Θωμας – 22 – γεωργος

677 – Vasil Kavvakos – Thomas – 22 - farmer


678 – Γεωρ Καλαββακος – Δημητριος – 26 – γεωργος

678 – Geor Kalavvakos – Dimitrios – 26 - farmer


679 – Γεωρ Μοκομος? – Παναγιωτης – 43 – γεωργος

679 – Geor Mokomos? – Panagiotis – 43 - farmer


680 – Γεωρ Λαζαρακος – Θωμας – 25 – γεωργος

680 – Geor Lazarakos – Thomas – 25 - farmer


681 – Γεωρ Κομακουβελακος – Μιχαηλ – 25 – γεωργος

681 – Geor Komakouvelakos – Michail – 25 - farmer


682 – Γεωρ Κοτσιρεκος – Πετρος – 24 – γεωργος

682 – Geor Kotsirekos – Petros – 24 - farmer


683 – Γεωρ Καρακος – Παναγιωτης – 23 – κτηματιας

683 – Geor Karakos – Panagiotis – 23 - landowner


684 – Γρηγορ Λιζαρακος? – Θωμας – 44 – γεωργος

684 – Grigor Lizarakos? – Thomas – 44 - farmer


685 – γεωρ Καβακος – Θωμας – 26 – γεωργος

685 – Geor Kavakos – Thomas – 26 - farmer


686 – Για?ουζ Καρακος – Παναγιωτης – 23 – γεωργος

686 – Gia?ouz Karakos – Panagiotis – 23 - farmer


687 - Γεωρ Καββακος – Ευσταθιος – 22 – γεωργος

687 – Geor Kavvakos – Efstathios – 22 - farmer


688 – Δημητ Γρηγορακος ? – Γρηγοριος – 44 – γεωργος

688 – Dimit Grigorakos ? – Grigorios – 44 - farmer


689 – Δημητ Υωκακος – Γεωργιος – 59 – γεωργος

689 – Dimit Yokakos ? Georgios – 59  - farmer


690 – Δημητ Κυριακουλακος – Κυριακουλης – 51 – γεωργος

690 – Dimit Kyriakoulakos – Kyriakoulis – 51 - farmer


691 – Δημ. Κουτσομβιτης ? – Νικολαος – 24 ? – γεωργος

691 – Dim Koutomvitis ? – Nikolaos – 24 ? - farmer


692 – Ευσταθ Καββακος – Γεωργιος – 33 – γεωργος

692 – Efstath Kavvakos – Georgios – 33 - farmer


693 – Ηλιας Κουλουβαρης – Δημητριος – 42 – γεωργος

693 – Ilias Koulouvaris – Dimitrios – 42 - farmer


694 – Ηλ Μουρτσινακος – Γεωργιος – 55 – γεωργος

694 – Il Mourtsinakos Georgios – 55 - farmer


695 – Θωμας Λαζαρακος – Γρηγοριος – 22 – γεωργος

695 – Thomas Lazarakos Grigorios – 22 - farmer


696 – Θωμας Καββακος – Γεωργιος – 50 – γεωργος

696 – Thomas Kavvakos Georgios – 50 - farmer


697 – Ιωαν. Σπυριδακος – Δημητριος – 30 – γεωργος

697 – Ioan. Spyridakos – Dimitrios – 30 - farmer


698 – Ιωαν Ζαβαλακος – Ευσταθιος – 40 – γεωργος

698 – Ioan Zavalakos Efstathios – 40 - farmer


699 – Ιωαν. Βοζδακος ? – Βοηδης – 36 – γεωργος

699 – Ioan Vozdakos ? – Voidis – 36 - farmer


700 – Ιωαν Μουρτσινακος – Ηλιας – 30 ? – γεωργος

700 – Ioan Mourtsinakos – Ilias – 30 ? - farmer


701 – Μαρκ Κοβαντσακος – Δημητριος – 45 – γεωργος

701 – Mark Kovantsakos – Dimitrios – 45 - farmer


702 – Μιχαηλ Κασκαβελκηος ? – Γεωργιος – 46 – γεωρος

702 – Michail Kaskavelkios ? – Georgios – 46 - farmer


703 – Μιχ Κομηνδιος ? – Ιωαννης – 42 – γεωργος

703 – Mich Komindios ? – Ioannis – 42 - farmer


704 – Μιχ. Σπυριδακος – Δημητριος – 37 – γεωργος

704 – Mich Spyridakos – Dimitrios – 37 - farmer


705 – Νικολ Κουτσο?ωιτης ? – Δημητριος – 41 – γεωργος

705 – Nikol Koutso?oitis ? – Dimitrios – 41 - farmer


706 – Νικολ Κοτσιφακος – Πιετος ? – 33 – γεωργος

706 – Nikol Kotsifakos Pietos ? – 33 - farmer


707 – Νικολ Κομινατος – Δημητριος – 25 – γεωργος

707 – Nikol Kominatos – Dimitrios – 25 - farmer


708 – Παναγ Μπακογιαννης – Ιωαννης – 38 – γεωργος

708 – Panag Bakogiannis – Ioannis – 38 - farmer


709 – Πετρ Νικολακος – Νικολαος – 26 – γεωργος

709 – Petr Nikolakos Nikolaos – 26 - farmer


710 – Παναγ Καλουβαρης – Ηλιας – 22 – γεωργος

710 – Panag Kalouvaris Ilias – 22 - farmer


711 – Χρηστ Πετρακος – Πετρος – 24 – γεωργος

711 – Christ Petrakos Petros – 24 - farmer


IN THE NEWS - 1904 - The Greek Confectioners Chicago the Mecca of the Candy Business

Greek Star -- April 01, 1904
The Greek Confectioners Chicago the Mecca of the Candy Business

p. 2- Practically every busy corner in Chicago is occupied by a Greek candy store. Their perfect cleanliness and their elaborate method of making pure and delicious candies have made the Greeks the predominant factor in that line of business.
An impartial investigation reveals the indisputable fact that the Greeks are the fathers of the present candy industry.
What kind of candy store did we have here before the Greeks began to monopolize the trade? Where was candy sold, and what kind of candy? Old-timers know and remember where it was sold, and what kind of candy it was before the Greeks developed and expanded the manufacture and sale of confectionery.
The Greek confectioners are Chicago's pride, and Chicago is the pride of two thirds of the country. Chicago, not New York, has the credit of being the city of candy-makers. Seventy per cent of the Greek candy-merchants in America were originally citizens of Chicago. After they had learned the trade of fellow-Greeks for whom they worked and by saving had accumulated enough capital, they bade Chicago farewell and scattered to the four corners of this great country.
Each and every one of them, with Chicago money and Chicago training in the art of candy-making, found the city which suited him, and a new and up-to-date store in the Chicago style sprang up at the busy corner of that city. Now the rest of the story is easy. More Greeks came along and learned the trade, and the whole country is sweetened by the exquisite art of the Greek confectioner.
Inevitably Chicago became the center of supply for all these new stores all over the western and southern states. New industries sprang up here to supply the candy-makers' demands as they accelerated the development of the confectioner's business. Chicago firms have hundreds of traveling salesmen to supply these Greek confectioneries with the needs of the trade. This kind of business and such an activity did not exist before the Greeks tempted and sweetened the tooth of the country.
One of the wholesale dealers in Chicago, Mr. Christ Vlachandreas, of North Dearborn Street, who deals in extracts, travels far and wide, and because of his Greek shrewdness and by impersonating a Frenchman in talk, action, etc., he has discovered the real feelings of people in general toward the Greeks. In every state where he travels he cunningly directs his conversation toward the Greek confectioners and the Greeks in general. His ears are tickled with eulogies of the Greeks; he learns that they are clean, industrious, peaceable, law-abiding, honest people. The above qualities are all correctly and rightfully attributed to the Greeks. A big merchant in a western state told Mr. Vlachandreas that the Greeks in his town are the best specimens of human beings with some exceptions; that is, "they love wine, women, and cards." Of course we as Greeks know the wise saying of our ancestors, "nothing to excess," and accordingly we should govern and moderate our desires and our predilections.
And in order to maintain this good name which we enjoy everywhere, we must keep on endeavoring to surpass our record, rising from better to best and up to higher levels.
Well, are we going to shine only in one trade or line of business? Could Greeks tackle anything else and leave it undeveloped? Of course not! Let us make another record in some other line of business as yet undeveloped. The restaurant business in Chicago and elsewhere is growing very rapidly, and it will not be long before the Greeks will claim a monopoly on the heretofore undeveloped business of catering.

Source:  http://flps.newberry.org/article/5422062_3_0319/

Thursday, October 12, 2017


The following obituaries and articles were published in the March 25, 2006 issue of The National Herald, with their kind permission I am providing them as a possible tool for Hellenic genealogy research.


George Patsios, Head of Local YMCA and “Godfather” of Hamilton, Ontario’s Greek Community, dies at 69

By Daniel Nolan, The Hamilton Spectator

HAMILTON, Ont. - If ever there was a man who tried to live life to the fullest, it was George Patsios. 

The Greek immigrant - called by some the "godfather" of Hamilton's Greek community - didn't hesitate to take on a task and worked on two continents, including stints as head of the Downtown Hamilton YMCA and general manager of the former Cable 4 (now Cable 14). 

At one point, in the summer of 1974, while working in Greece as director of a summer camp, he risked being drafted into the Greek army when the country almost went to war with Turkey over the future of Cyprus. But the Greek Government (a military dictatorship then) collapsed; democracy was restored; and war was averted. 

"It was just an experience that only people here can appreciate," Patsios told The Spectator at the time. "It was out of this world." 

Patsios, 69, died on February 20 after declining health for the last few years, brought on by contracting flesh-eating disease (necrotizing fasciitis) while he was working in Belleville in 1994. 

He died while receiving dialysis treatment at the hospital in Rio, near his home in Patras, 200 kilometers west of Athens. His wife and family members were by his side. His dialysis treatment was also as a result of contracting the disease. 

"He was really tired, and he had suffered a lot, and he decided on his own to leave on Monday," his wife Maria, 60, told The Spectator in a telephone interview. "It was a surprise. He just fell asleep, and that was the end of it, but he always said, 'Life was beautiful.' " 

The couple, married 40 years, traveled back and forth between Hamilton and Patras since 1998, but they stayed in Greece last year when Patsios became too ill to travel. 

"We have excellent memories of Hamilton," said Maria. "Hamilton is our home. George lived his life to the fullest. He did everything he wanted to do." 

Patsios first came to Hamilton from Montreal in 1964 to attend McMaster University and obtain a degree in physical education. 

He received his bachelor's after graduating from Sir George Williams University in Montreal in 1963. He immigrated to Canada from Greece in 1956. 

In 1965, Patsios joined the Hamilton Downtown YMCA as associate physical education director, and by the time he left in 1979, he had risen to become its manager. At that time, it had 5,000 members and a budget of $1.1 million. 

He also served on dozens of national, provincial and civic committees. Some committee work dealt with the future of the YMCA in Canada and the United States in the 1980's. He served on the executive boards of such groups as the Ontario Handball Association, the Canadian Racquetball Association, the Canadian Physical Directors Society, the Hamilton Epilepsy Association, the Hamilton Press Club, the Canadian Club and Hamilton's Special Events Committee. 

In early 1985 he was fired as general manager of Cable 4 after being on the job for five years and moving it in 1982 from cramped studios on Hamilton Mountain to new $300,000 headquarters on Dundurn Street South. No reason was given for the termination, but it didn't slow him down. He worked as a special adviser to Liberal Member of Parliament Lily Oddie Munro, and in 1989, he went to work in Belleville as director of its YMCA. 

He is perhaps best known for his work with the local Greek community. He worked with the Greek Orthodox Youth of America and the Hellenic Community of Hamilton, and between 1977-79 had both a Greek radio and a cable television show. He helped organize the Greek Festivals of 1978 and 1979, which celebrated the 25th anniversary of the founding of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. 

"He was a very good husband and an excellent father," said Maria. "He always gave to people and tried to help people." 

Patsios is survived by his wife; three children, Anna Maria, 40, Angela, 33, and Demetrios, 39; and two grandchildren, Venetia, 3, and Maria, 2. All now live in Greece. 

The funeral was held in Patras on February 22, and Patsios was buried in a cemetery in his hometown of Zevgolatio. 

The Hamilton Spectator published the above on February 25. The original headline is, “George Patsios Headed YMCA, Served Hamilton with Distinction - 'Godfather' of Greek Canadians always tried to help people.”


Demetropolos, Sylvia. - Fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday, March 7, 2006. She was born in Bingham Canyon, Utah on June 17, 1929 to George and Virginia Z. Demetropolos. She was a graduate of South High School in 1947. She went on to work for various places, but eventually retired after 25 years of dedicated service from the JC Penney Co. Sylvia was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church. She volunteered her time teaching Sunday School and assisting with the Boy Scout Program. She loved to work at the Greek Festival with all her friends and took pride in preparing the Spanakopita. Sylvia was a member of the Philoptochos Society and the Daughters of Penelope, holding positions of office both local and district. Sylvia is survived by her sisters; Helen Demetropolos and Phyllis Demetropolos, brother Jim (Athena) Demetropolos, nephew George (Stephanie) Demetropolos, niece Jeanie (Mark) Palmer, and her best friend Demo. Funeral Services were on Monday, March 13 at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Friends and family called on Sunday, March 12 at Evans and Early Mortuary, with a Trisagion Memorial Service. Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery In lieu of flowers, Sylvia's request was that donations be made to the Restoration of Holy Trinity Window Fund. May her memory be eternal.


Deomes Collinsworth, Mae. - Born on March 10, 1911 in Helena, AR and left this life on Wednesday, March 15, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Collinsworth; her parents, Gus and Rose Deomes; sisters, Mary Antul, Angeliki Stamatlou, Lula Geeker, Nina Souza, Lena Pollard; and brothers, Nick Spyrou and Jim Deomes. She is survived by a sister, Alice (Korem) Toney; nieces, Rose Thames, Nina Dees, Magda Felts, Sandy Cowling, Phyllis Pagonis, Voula Varvouris, Rose Mary White, Connie Cassidy, Andre Fitzgerald, Rosa Bullard; and nephews, Charles Deomes, Styke Valmus, Joe Pollard, Nick S. Geeker and Sam Toney; and Godson, Greg Thames. The loving care given to "Mae Mae" by the dedicated staff of Tandem Health Care over the last 10 years is deeply appreciated. A special thank you to her dear friend and care giver, Patsy Mougham. Memorials may be made to the Greek Orthodox Church or a charity of your choice. Visitation was on Friday, March 17with Trisagion Service. Funeral services were held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Saturday, March 18. Fr. Andrew Scordalakis officiated. Burial followed at Bayview Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Waters & Hibbert Funeral Home.


Froustis, John N. - Beloved husband of Sue, nee Paraskevas; loving father of Lisa (Scott) Eng and Niki Froustis; proud grandfather of Stephany, Kristen and Isabel Eng; dear brother of Petros (Anna) Froustis and Stavroula (Mike) Diamandopoulos; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Visitation was on Sunday, March 19 at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, in Chicago, IL. Family and friends met the following morning at St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, in Niles, IL for Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m. Entombment Elmwood Cemetery. Donations to St. Haralambos Church appreciated.


 Javaras, Aphrodite (nee Katsivelas) - Age 92; beloved wife of the late Basil G. Javaras; loving mother of Paul B. (Barbara K.) and the late George B. (Barbara B.); dearest grandmother of Kristen Nicole, Basil P. Nichols, Pamela (Gus E.) Pappas, John N. (Carol) Cutrone, Christine N. (Christopher) Lowe and great-grandmother of 11; devoted sister of Sotiris (Kaite) Katsivelas, Stella (the late Stavros) Nigdele, Constantine (Anna) Katsivelas, and the late Athanasia (the late Nicholas), the late Sophia (the late Mike) and the late John (the late Katina) Katsivelas; dear aunt of many nieces and nephews and friend of many. Visitation was on Sunday, March 19 at Salerno's Galewood Chapels, in Chicago, IL. Funeral service was held on March 20 morning at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, in Chicago.


Kalogeras, Chris G. - Another member of the greatest generation, beloved husband of Pauline, nee Trigourea; loving father of George; proud grandfather of Ashley; devoted son of the late George and Helen; dear brother of the late John and Peter (Elaine) Kalogeras; fond brother-in-law of Bessie and the late Mary, Gladys, Esther and Sam Trigourea; cherished uncle of many. Combat Veteran WWII U.S. Air Force. Member of Hellenic Post #343 American Legion. Chief architect for the Chicago Transit Authority. Founding member of the O.Y. (Orthodox Youth of America). Past president and parish council member for 51 years of St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church, Chicago, IL. A proud Chicagoan. We love you Dad. Visitation was on Sunday, March 19 at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home in Chicago, IL. Family and friends met the following morning at St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church, in Chicago, for visitation until time of Funeral Service. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. By request of his family, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hellenic Post #343 American Legion Monument Fund (to be erected at Elmwood Cemetery) c/o his family.


Koutsoukos, Demetra. - Age 83; beloved wife of the late Frank; loving mother of Jean (late Dimitrios) Michalopoulos, Thomas (Paula) Kramer and Nicholas; loving grandmother of Elaine, Deanna, Zachary and Mikey. Funeral service was on Monday, March 20 at St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church in Paltine, IL. Burial Arlington Heights Wheeling Township Cemetery. Information www.GlueckertFH.com or (847) 253-0168.


Metalios, Peter. - Died on March 10; beloved husband of Demetra (nee Parthemos); devoted father of Vaio Metalios and his wife Kathryn, Margo Marck and her husband John; dear brother of Mary Teneke, Theophilos and Vaio Metalios; loving grandfather of Deanna Thompson and Michael Metalios; great-grandfather of Julia, Morgan, Peter and Zoe. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and - nephews. A Trisaghion Service was held at the Family Owned Leonard J. Ruck Inc Funeral Home, on Sunday, March 12. Mr. Metalios was laid in state at the Annunciation Cathedral, Maryland Avenue and Preston Street on Monday, March 13 with funeral service. Interment Greek Orthodox Cemetery.


Michas, Christopher J. - Beloved husband of Sophia, nee Stamos; beloved son of the late James and Antonia Michas; loving brother of George (the late Margaret) Michas and Stephanie (the late George) Lekas. Funeral was on Monday, March 20 from Wm H. Scott Funeral Home, in Wilmette, IL to SS. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church for Funeral Service. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. Donations to Pancreatic Cancer Research c/o ENH Foundation, 1033 University Place, Suite 450, Evanston, IL 60201-3196 would be appreciated.


Miltiades, Michael. - Passed away suddenly, on Friday March 17, 2006, at the age of 82. Beloved husband of 57 years to Evrdiki. Loving father of Maria and her husband Harilaos Vlahoyani of Greece, Andreas and his wife Maroulla Miltiadous and Markella and her husband Savvakis Georgiou, all of Kitchener. Grandfather to Vangelis and Miltos Vlahoyani, Miltos and Vicki Miltiadous and Nick and Maria Georgiou. Miltiades was a member of St. Peter St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Kitchener, Canada. Miltiades' family received relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, on Sunday, March 19 with Trisagion. Prayers were offered in the Funeral Home Chapel on Monday March 20, followed by the funeral at St. Peter St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church. Father Konstantine Chatzis officiated. Interment Parkview Cemetery.


Monocrusos, Elizabeth Bogue. - Died on March 5; of Danville, CA, formerly of Baltimore, MD; loving sister of the late Marguerite M. Hall; devoted Aunt of nieces Anne Woods and Elizabeth Hall and nephew Stephen Hall; beloved cousin of Harry Monocrusos and dear sister-in-law of Joseph Hall. A Trisaghion Service was held at the family owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home Inc, on Sunday, March 12. Miss Monocrusos was laid in state at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation on Monday, March 13 at which time the funeral service was held. Interment at the Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation or to the Ladies Philoptochos Society, both at 24 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.


Prousis, Marion (nee Harris) - Beloved wife of the late Kay (Kyriakos)Prousis; loving mother of Michael (Stephanie) Prousis, Danae (Dennis) Rasor and Theo (Betty) Prousis; proud grandmother of Alexis, Melli, Samantha and Anthony Prousis, Katie, Greg and Becky Rasor, James and Andrew Furdell; dear sister of Helene (the late Savas) Georgiou and the late Dorothy (the late Ted) Kotsakis; sister-in-law of Elena and Patricia Proussis. Visitation was on Tuesday, February 14 until time of funeral service in SS. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, IL. Interment private. Kindly omit flowers. Memorial donations may be made to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (for Alzheimers research), 710 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60611.


Speros, Ted J. - Our loving father and “Papou” Ted J. Speros passed away at home on Friday March 17, 2006. Ted was born December 26, 1914 to Effie and John Speros in Bingham Canyon, Utah. He graduated from Bingham High School and attended the University of Utah. He married Katy Paulos in 1941 and they were partners in marriage for 59 years. Ted's life was characterized and ennobled by his devotion to his family. Ted Speros was owner of Lambs Grill Cafe, The Herald Building, and Speros Investments. He was a fixture on Main Street for over 60 years in his fresh crisp white coat, greeting customers at the front door of Lambs Grill Cafe. Mr. Speros was a charter member of the Utah State Restaurant Association and served as president of the organization for two years. He was a charter member of the Executive Food Service Association and served as its president, national director and vice president of the Executive Food Service Association Western Territory. He was a trustee of the Western Restaurant Management group for 20 years. In 1965 Mr. Speros organized West High Schools Vocation Food Service program. He served on the Board of Governors for the World Conference of Records for Food and Service. He received the Golden Spoon Award for professionalism and civil accomplishment and was placed in the Utah Restaurant Association Hall of Fame in 1985. Ted was very active in the Salt Lake community and served on numerous boards. Mentioning only a few: Ballet West, Utah Opera, The Utah Symphony, Chamber of Commerce, Ethics and Discipline Committee of the Utah State Bar, University of Utah Emeritus Association, Bonneville Knife and Fork Club. Mr. Speros served as a Board of Governor at the LDS Hospital and was one of the co-founders of the national conference of Christians and Jews. Mr. Speros was a Master Mason Progress Lodge No. 22, York Rite Mason No. 1 RAM, Scottish Rite of full masonry, member of El Kalah Temple, and Royal order of Jesters court No. 49. Ted was proud of his Greek heritage and was an active member of the Greek Orthodox Church. He served as president of the Salt Lake City Greek community for two years. He will always be remembered in Salt Lake City for letting the underprivileged have a cup of coffee, a free meal, and slipping someone on the street a five dollar bill. He will always be remembered by his family for his strong morals, work ethic and his dedication to them. Ted had four loves in life. His family, his Greek heritage, Salt Lake City, and Lambs Grill Cafe. He is survived by his three children, Victoria Peters (Bill), John T. Speros (Magdalena), Estelle G. Kevitch (Michael). His grandchildren Angela Murphy (Michael), Katie Peters (John Kindred), Thomas Peters (Lori), T.J. Speros (Jennifer). Great-grandchild Alexandra Jo Ann Murphy, David Kevitch, and his sister Ann Davis. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Peter J. Speros, and the love and sparkle of his life, his wife Katy. His family expresses grateful appreciation to "An Angel" Magda Gomez, who has cared for their parents for 10 years, to other caretakers Enrice Gomez, Carmen Verona, Irma Herring and Rina Galindo, for their loving compassionate care and companionship. They thank Dr. James Pearl and his staff for their dedication. Funeral services were held on March 21, 2006 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Interment was at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Ted expressed donations to be made to the Shriners Children Hospital or a charity of your choice. "May his memory be eternal."