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Samuel (Seraphim) Harachis

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Harachis Samuel (Seraphim) Harachis, age 81, February 7, 1936 March 17, 2017. Sam passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. He is survived by the love of his life Mary Ann (Hibbs) Harachis who were happily married for 48 years; his daughters, Jill (John) Zorns and Tina; his grandchildren, Sam, Maryann, Chrissy, Evie and great-grandchild, little Mia who were his pride and joy. He is survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, Godchildren and friends. His is preceded in death by parents John and Evagelia, Uncle Gus (Grace) Poulos, brother John (Dian) Harachis and family in Greece. Sam was born in Iraklia, Greece and immigrated to Columbus, Ohio in 1952. His Uncle Gus Poulos sponsored him to come to America to make a better life. Gus was a father-figure, mentor and best friend. Sam graduated from Central High School and attended The Ohio State University. He is a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1957-1963 in the armored division. Early on he worked at the Columbus Dispatch and his family owned business the State and Fourth restaurant. In the late 1960's to the mid 1970's, he and his friend George Lias established The Bistro on Olentangy River Rd. where they brought named musical talents to the Columbus night scene including, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt and Kenny Rogers and The First Edition. For 43 wonderful years he owned and operated the State and Fourth Restaurant. As a restaurateur, he loved meeting and serving people of all walks of life including, Presidents Kennedy and Nixon, Governors, Mayors, politicians, celebrities, the Columbus Dispatch employees and friends. Sam and Mary Ann retired the restaurant in 1994 with wonderful lasting memories. For 15 years he was a Code Enforcement officer for the City of Columbus in the Italian Village and Harrison West areas until his final retirement in 2010. He loved working for the city to help the community and the camaraderie of his fellow co-workers. He was a member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox cathedral. He served on the Parish council and chaired several Greek festivals. He was a life member and past president of AHEPA and board member of Veterans Memorial. In his younger years, he played for the Hercules Soccer Club in Columbus. Sam loved OSU football and attended many games. He also was an avid gardener and enjoyed teaching his family gardening tips. We would like to send a special thank you to Zusman Hospice and OSU James Cancer hospital for their wonderful doctors, nurses and staff that provided his care. Sam will be missed by his family and all those whose lives he touched. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 23 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the O.R. WOODYARD NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 2990 Bethel Rd., Columbus, Oh. Funeral service will be on Friday, March 24 at 10 a.m. at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High St., Columbus, OH. The Reverend Father Demetrios Gardikes and the Reverend Father John Stavropoulos will be officiating. Interment service at Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 21, 2017
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