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Born: Sep 25, 1931
Date of Passing: Jan 11, 2023Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Michael Bafaloucos on January 11, 2023.
Left to mourn are his wife of 52 years Andromachi; his two daughters, Eleni (Dimitrios) and Athena (George), and grandchildren, Christina (Nicholas), Spiro, Demetre, and Michael.
He was born on the Greek island of Andros on September 25, 1931. His early years were spent there with his parents and siblings. His passion for music, at the age of 13, led him to Athens to start his career. He studied for seven years at the Conservatorium of Music in Athens.
Michael was conscripted into the army when he was 20 years old and spent his tour of duty playing in an army radio orchestra. Following his tour of duty, he left Greece for Montreal to study at the McGill Conservatory of Music for eight years. It was at that time that he became known fondly as Michel. He joined the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1966 and performed there for 25 years. It was during the early years that he returned to visit the island he was born and found his wife, Andromachi. Both returned to Winnipeg and started their family. His family was most important to him. Despite finishing his career with the symphony, he was unable to put his violin away. He continued to play the violin up until his last days, and could often be found sharing his love for music with others.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2255 Grant Avenue. Interment to follow at Brookside Cemetery. Coffee will be served.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 14, 2023
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
My condolences to the family over the loss of a truly beautiful and gentle man. He would play violin on his balcony and send his magic from the 5th floor of his apartment over the whole community. A giving and talented man, he would make wine and ride around the neighbourhood visiting people and sharing his wine, I can still see his smiling face as he would ride his bicycle home at the end of the day. May he rest in peace knowing that he brought so much love to this world. - Posted by: Ian Kehler (Neighbour) on: Jan 18, 2023
Our condolences to Mahi Bafaloucos and Alevizos/Balageorge families. We hold fond memories of Mihali and his great story telling. He had the ability to truly light up every room he entered and make any situation entertaining. Every meal was celebrated, every glass of wine was toasted (Viva)! You will be missed but never forgotten. Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Gamvrelis/Johnson Family (Friends) on: Jan 16, 2023
Michel was one of the best people that I met and came across in around the mid eighties, his passion was music and I had the pleasure of interacting with him to perform some Greek songs on several occasions. He will be greatly missed, but he will always be remembered as a great human being, who loved music, loved life, and above all he was a good soul. Rest in Peace Michel, KALO PARADISO. - Posted by: Hristos Simeonidis (friend) on: Jan 14, 2023
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