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Born: Feb 10, 1934
Date of Passing: Jun 26, 2017Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
LOUKAS PANAGIOTOU With great sorrow and solace, the family announces the passing of their father, husband, brother and uncle on June 26, 2017. Loukas was born February 10, 1934, in Thisvi Thebon, Greece. He watched the rise and fall of the Second World War throughout his childhood. At eight years old, stealth young Loukas would sneak into the German camps to steal food for his family. As a young man, he quickly acquired the skills of a cobbler and enjoyed his successful business before he left Greece. After living for a short time in Belgium, his bravery was unyielding as he immigrated by himself to Canada in 1966 where he settled in Thompson, Manitoba. The hard work in the Inco Mine was no challenge to Loukas. His resilience was quickly noticed, and he rose to become a lead blaster, a highly skilled position in the mines. In 1967, Loukas married the love of his life, and he cherished the 49 years spent with Stefanie. She blessed him with four beautiful daughters, Debbie, Vicki, Haroula, and Aleca and in 1975 the family moved to Winnipeg. Loukas's family was his rock, he cherished all his children and his grandchildren, and always had an excuse for a family gathering and a roast lamb. If he wasn't being challenged, Loukas rarely felt at ease, as he was self-employed for most of his life in Winnipeg. Loukas brought a piece of Greece with him to Canada. His favourite business, 4 Sisters Restaurant, would often have customers lining up outside the door to try Stefanie and his rustic Greek cuisine. Many of his regulars share the sorrow of his loss. After a life of challenge and hard work, Loukas saw retirement for what it was - family time. He loved spending vacations with his grandkids, and especially enjoyed his condo in Phoenix, Arizona. Preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Stefanie Panagiotou, his parents Haralmbos and Demetra Panagiotou, his brother John Panagiotou, and sisters Maria Paterogiannis and Vasiliki Carabatsakis. He is survived by, and will be profoundly missed by, his four daughters, Debbie (Garry) Hirsch, Vicki, Haroula and Aleca (Tony), brother Thanasi (Georgia) Brussels, Eugenia Vlahakis, grandchildren, Loukas, Stefano, Lexie, Ryan, Mia, Manoli, Maddex, Dante, Alexander, Cara (Sergio) and Delta, along with numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend their profound thanks to Palliative home care for their support and guidance for both our parents, we couldn't have done it without you. Manivan, Davinder, our Jenn, Jenn, Sean (thanks for the shaves), Dr. Martin - thank you for bringing comfort and peace to their last moments. A very special thank you to Dr. Schellenberg for over 30 years of care - you were an important person in our lives! Funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 29 at 12:00 p.m. at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2255 Grant Ave. Interment to follow. "I'm no stranger to hard work, and neither is the rest of my family. Maybe it's because we watched people like Papou all our lives. From the eight-year-old in Greece stealing food from soldiers to the immigrant father and grandfather he became. Papou instilled hard work in us the same way he instilled Greek tradition. Just like he worked hard for his family, he also worked hard for his life. He fought like no other fight I had ever seen. He refused death until he was ready; we've never seen death be so patient. Today Papou decided to leave us and join his soulmate. But he let us keep his fierce attitude towards life and the pieces of us that would never have existed without him. Thank you for everything that you sacrificed, and you gave us. - Delta" www.voyagefuneralhome.com
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 28, 2017
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