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submitted by Anna Cominos on 23.10.2008

Polyhronis Chrysafitis (Fournaris)

Is the fragility of Death linked to seismic activity? While the Greek mass media speculates about a futuristic natural catastrophe, this week Kythera has been plunged into deep grief with the sad passing of two popular people, boat-builder Dimitri (Vlahos) Diacopoulos and professional diver Polychronis Chrysafitis, both of whom lived larger than life.

Dimitri (Vlahos) Diacopoulos aged 63, was a modern-day Poseidon and one of Greece’s remaining traditional boat-builders. A Kytherian ...

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submitted by Anna Cominos on 23.10.2008

Dimitri (Vlahos) Diakopoulos

Is the fragility of Death linked to seismic activity? While the Greek mass media speculates about a futuristic natural catastrophe, this week Kythera has been plunged into deep grief with the sad passing of two popular people, boat-builder Dimitri (Vlahos) Diacopoulos and professional diver Polychronis Chrysafitis, both of whom lived larger than life.

Dimitri (Vlahos) Diacopoulos aged 63, was a modern-day Poseidon and one of Greece’s remaining traditional boat-builders. A Kytherian ...

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submitted by KCA Admin on 04.04.2008

Professor Nicolas Coldstream

Professor Nicolas Coldstream

Professor Nicolas Coldstream, who has died aged 80, was a leading scholar of Greek archaeology and one of its greatest teachers.

His work on the Early Iron Age in Greece, Crete and Cyprus and on the impact of Greek civilisation on the Mediterranean world broke new ground and had a huge influence on generations of scholars. His magnum opus, Greek Geometric Pottery (1968), a painstaking work of description, classification, chronology, and attribution ...

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submitted by KCA Admin on 19.02.2011

Nicholas Cominos

March 21, 2008

Nicholas H. Cominos (1923 - 2008) War Hero, Film Maker and Educator Nicholas Cominos passed away peacefully at his East Bay home on March 14, 2008 at age 84.

Mr. Cominos' family emigrated from the island of Kythera in Greece and settled in the Central Valley of California where they began a hotel business in the 1930s, which included the famous Cominos Hotel in Salinas. In his youth, Mr. Cominos worked at the Cominos Hotel whose guests included Presidents ...

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submitted by Kytherian Society Of California on 22.03.2008

Nicholas Harry Cominos (Vlastaris) 1923 - 2008

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Nicholas Cominos, 84, passed away peacefully at his East Bay home on Friday, March 14, 2008. He was born in 1923, in Kythera, Greece.
Mr. Cominos' family emigrated from the island of Kythera in Greece and settled in the Central Valley of California, where they began a hotel business in the 1930s, which included the famous Hotel ...

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submitted by Rose Rasmussen-Tzortzopoulou on 19.01.2008

The untimely passing away of Athens Tzortzopoulos

It is almost seven months since the death of my second eldest sister Athens(Athina)Tzortzopoulos,however it still seems like only yesterday that Athens passed away.Athens was born in Australia and was the daughter of Nikolaos(kytherian) and Patricia(australian)Tzortzopoulos.In 1978,we moved to Greece and after to Kythera to live.Our eldest sister Angela stayed in Australia and our youngest brother George was born some years later on Kythera.Athens was only 46 years old when she died on that Friday ...

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submitted by Canberra Times on 17.11.2007

Helen Notaras.

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Hundreds mourn ACT's Greek matriarch

The Canberra Times

17 November 2007

Reporter: Claire Low


A sea of about 400 black-clad mourners packed into the Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas yesterday in a show of respect for Greek matriarch Helen Notaras, who died aged 96 on Monday.

They stood before a dark wood coffin that was bedecked with white flowers, ...

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submitted by John Diacopoulos on 02.11.2007

Mary (Marigoula) Diacopoulos

Mary’s story is not unusual or unique.

However it is a story that will soon have its roots in history rather than the recent past, as she was one of a generation of migrant women who married and then came to Australia as brides before the 2nd World War when Australia and especially country Australia was very much a different place.

Not only was Australia a different place; the life in Australia that Mary came to, was almost the antithesis of what her life in Kythera ...

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submitted by Vikki Vrettos Fraioli on 12.09.2007

Calliope Calokerinos - San Francisco, California, USA

5 Jan 1898 - 28 Feb 1990

reprinted from The Hellenic Journal
Nov. 27, 1997

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A Tribute to My Great Aunt Calliope Calokerinos
by Mia Mattis

My great aunt, Calliope Calokerinos, formerly Calliope Cassimates, was born in 1898, in the Kytherian town of Pitsinianika. She was the oldest of 11 children. In 1922, she came to America, and married Valerios Calokerinos, also of Kytherian descent.

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submitted by George Poulos on 06.07.2007

Mrs Chris Kelly (nee Georgopoulos), Agia Pelagia, Kythera.

Eulogy for yia yia.

Georgia Ulgiati, great grandaughter.


This beautiful eulogy was written and spoken by Georgia (my daughter), at Nanna's funeral last Friday. It was adapted from a school assignment she did in term 1 as part of the Religion syllabus at St John's College. She thought it would make a perfect tribute for our wonderful Mother, Mother in Law, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother & Aunt.

She spoke beautifully and straight from the ...

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submitted by Vikki Vrettos Fraioli on 14.05.2007

Harry P. Notaras 1897-1959

Feb. 26, 1959 Appleton Post-Cresent Newspaper (USA)

Harry P. Notaras, 62, 121 E. Roosevelt Street, a restaurant and tavern owner in Appleton, Wisconson for many years, died unexpectedly at 4:30pm Wednesday at his home.

He was born Oct. 18, 1897, in Kythera, Greece and lived in Appleton since 1921.

Notaras operated Coney Island Lunch for many years, then opened a larger lunch room after which he owned and operated the Liberty Tavern for two years. He ...

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submitted by Peter Vamvakaris on 03.05.2007

Nina (Christina) Vamvakaris (nee, Aroney). 2 Aug, 1944 - 10 Feb, 2007.

Kytheraismos, March 2007, page 11.

Download a copy of the Obituary here:

Vamvakaris Nina Obituary.pdf

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submitted by Sydney Morning Herald on 08.01.2007

James Agapitos. Fire, whirl and charm - such was his art.

Sydney Morning Herald.

Page. 10.

January 9, 2007

James Agapitos, 1928-2007


COLLECTOR, benefactor, story-teller, stirrer, citizen, James Agapitos was a dapper, dazzling, pocket-rocket of a man who packed seeming centuries into his frail-aged frame.

There was a weariness in his dying last week in Sydney, after a long illness and 14 months shy of 80 years, though shy of nothing else. Few could guess how much weariness. ...

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submitted by Sydney Morning Herald on 05.01.2007

James Agapitos.

Art world loses a passionate collector and benefactor

Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney.

January 4, 2007

Clara Iaccarino Arts Writer


JAMES AGAPITOS, the owner of the nation's largest collection of Australian surrealist art, has died at his home in Bellevue Hill. He was 78.

Agapitos and Ray Wilson, 60, his partner and co-collector, accumulated more than 300 works during their 40-year relationship. Neither came from ...

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submitted by Kythiraismos, Newspaper on 04.12.2006

Harry Leondarakis (Londy)

10 April 1924 — 6 September 2006 (82 years)

Harry Leondarakis, known as Harry Londy was horn on the 10th April 1924 in Fratsia, Kythera to Mihali and Vreti Leondarakis. Harry was the oldest of eight children, brother to John, Maria, Eleni, Kalliope, Stamatoula, Jimmy and Theodoroula.

Born into a poor family, as the oldest son he started work­ing at a young age to provide for his family. He would recall at 11 years of age that he would wear baggy shorts below the knees ...

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submitted by Sydney Morning Herald on 16.11.2006

Zantis, Angelo Sidney (Ange).

October 11, 2005, peacefully at his home. Beloved husband of Nina, loved father and father- in-law of Sheridan and Annoula, mother Kallistheni, Peter and Belinda, loving grandfather of Adrian, Adam, Natalie, Marisa and Simon. Aged 79 years. Lovingly remembered by his family and many friends.

ANGE''S relatives and friends are invited to attend a Requiem Mass commencing at 11 a.m., Friday (October 14, 2005), at the Greek Orthodox Church, Goulburn, followed by interment at the ...

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submitted by Terry Chlentzos on 24.09.2006

Peter Clentzos Obituary from Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-clentzos15sep15,1,2471222.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california

Pete Clentzos, 97; USC Athlete Was Olympian in 1932

By Claire Noland, Times Staff Writer
September 15, 2006


Pete Clentzos, a USC pole vaulter who competed for Greece in the 1932 Olympics at the Los Angeles Coliseum and two years ago carried the Olympic torch on the way to the Athens Games, has died. He was 97.

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submitted by Terry Chlentzos on 24.09.2006

Peter Clentzos, 1909-2006

http://wiki.phantis.com/index.php/Peter_Clentzos

Peter Clentzos (or Chlentzos), 1932 Olympic competitor, was born in Oakland, California, USA on June 15, 1909 to parents Diamantis Haralambos Chlentzos and Yanoula Coulentianos from Kythera, Greece.

Clentzos took up pole vaulting in high school in the 1920s, then perfected his art as a member of the University of Southern California track team in the early 1930s. In 1932, Clentzos tried out for the U.S. Olympic team, ...

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submitted by Desert Dispatch, Newspaper on 24.09.2006

Peter Clentzos. Barstow's oldest Olympian dies at 97.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006.

By ADRIENNE ZIEGLER Staff Writer

BARSTOW -- Although Peter Clentzos only lived in Barstow for a brief period of his life, his story will live on for years to come.

Clentzos, a for mer Olympian, inter national pole vaulter and Barstow Union High School coach, died last week at the age of 97.

During his time in Barstow as a teacher and coach from 1936 to 1942, Clentzos led the Riffian football team to two California ...

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submitted by Jim Comino on 04.08.2006

Theodore Minas Comino [Palavras]

Theodore Minas Comino was in the Greek Navy like many joining young in Greece .He left Greece in 1924 to come to Australia landing in WeeWaa NSW to work with the Partnership of Big and Little Andrew there. He joined the RAAF from Warialda serving in New Guinea, and later went to Merriwa after the wars end, married an Australian woman Hazel Donnelly and had five children Martina Maria Michael Leslie and Ellanie.
Hazel passed away in 1973 and Theo went back to Kythera Greece to settle his parents ...