Trifon GRITSAS

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GRITSAS, Trifon
November 15, 1936 - August 28, 2012
It is with great sadness in our hearts that we announce that Trifon passed away Tuesday morning after succumbing to the effects of IPF (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis). He is survived by his wife Kaliopi, three children (Alexios, Aristidis and Assimina-Sophia), four sisters (Elefteria, Eleni, Maria and Erasmia) and three brothers (Peter, George, and Costa). Trifon was born in Komi (Arcadia), Greece. After becoming a teacher, he immigrated to Canada in 1961 and later married in Montréal on June 14th, 1969. He started teaching primary school in the Greek community in 1970. He worked additionally in restaurants to further support his family. While working two jobs, he completed a Bachelors in Education degree at McGill University in 1984. Trifon enjoyed teaching and loved his students. He was so enthused when he met former students and so proud when he heard how they had progressed in their lives since his Grade V class. Trifon retired from Socrates Roxboro in 2002.
No matter how difficult life was for him, Trifon was always kind, funny, positive and supportive to us. This was exhibited the most during his suffocating three and half year battle with IPF. The courage and grace he displayed to his family, friends and caretakers will never be forgotten. Of all the gifts he gave us in his life, the extra time he fought to spend with us may have been his best.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank the dedicated doctors, nurses, social workers and volunteers at the Montreal Jewish Hospital (respiratory physiology and cardiology departments), Mount Sinai Hospital, CLSC Pierrefonds, Maisonneuve- Rosemont Hospital and the West Island Palliative Care Centre for all the wonderful care they provided. Viewing will be held at Rideau Memorial Services (4239 boul. des Sources, D.D.O) on Sunday, September 2nd from 2 to 5 pm and 6 to 9pm. Funeral services will be held at Saints Constantine & Helen Church (20 Brunswick, D.D.O) on Monday, September 3rd at 11am. Trifon's final request was to help future students by asking everyone to make a donation to Socrates and Demosthene schools in lieu of purchasing flowers.

Published in The Gazette from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, 2012
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