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submitted by Anna Cominos on 06.06.2014

Even the rocks cried

There are earth-shaking days in Kythera where the hearts of all, are suddenly ripped in half. When all eyes are constantly filled with tears and the absoluteness of a split-second, changes everything, forever. The untimely and tragic passing of Manolis (Kourmellis) Kalligeros, aged 43, is one of these soul-branding moments. Born in 1971, Manolis went onto to become the island’s auto-electrician. To say that island life is poorer for the passing of Manolis, is an understatement. His landmark auto-electrical business stands just before you enter Levadi, surrounded by boats and cars, and reminds us to be kind to those we love and to 'Enjoy the Ride'. Always covered in grease, Manolis was known by most everyone, locals and visitors for his huge smile and open-heartedness, his light-filled 'Yiasou Filenada'. His raspy-deep voice will be missed by many, but we are poorer for the absence of his infectious joyousness. Our deepest condolences and prayers from the Kythera Summer Edition team to his young daughter Elessa, wife Saskia, his grieving parents Konstantinos and Regina, his sisters Grigoria and Aggeliki and nephews and nieces.
Rest In Peace Manolis

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