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April 2, 1946 - June 7, 2013
With great sadness we announce the passing of Elias Stavrides at age 67. He is survived by his son Theo, his former wife and lifelong friend Monica Smith, his brother Gabriel, nieces Chrissa and Aphrodite, and nephew Niko. Born in Athens, Greece, Elias grew up with a love of people, politics and language. Graduating from the University of Athens with a B.A. in English literature, Elias's first career was running a popular pension in downtown Athens, where he hosted thousands of foreigners from far and wide, and met his future wife, Monica. In 1975 he followed her to Canada, where they married and Elias began his second career as a labour journalist. He worked for three years as the Assistant Editor at Vancouver's The Fisherman newspaper, then moved to Ontario to study journalism at Carlton University. He worked as the Assistant Editor (1984-1990) at Toronto's UE News, and in 1990 Elias went out on his own as a journalist. For the next decade he published a monthly Greek language paper for the Greek community, at first in Toronto (The Danforth Voice 1990-1993) and then in Vancouver (The Greek Canadian Voice 1993-1999). After obtaining a TESOL diploma in 2000 and a Masters of Education (SFU) in 2002, Elias devoted the rest of his life to teaching and translating. He used his remarkable language skills to serve as one of the main translators/interpreters for the Greek communities of Vancouver and Western Canada. Elias's deep knowledge of Greek culture and history will be greatly missed by his students of Greek and English, and by the Greek Canadian community. We wish to thank Elias's many close friends who helped his family care for him these past months. A celebration of Elias's life will take place in July. Donations may be made to the BC Cancer Society or the charity of one's choice.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from June 15 to June 16, 2013