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KAMPITSIS, Aristea (Iris)
Was sadly taken from us Friday morning, September 23, 2016. She was in no pain and in a comfortable sleep at the time. Iris was a gifted and beautiful person, had a kind soul, was well mannered, and could bring a smile to people's faces. She would, at times, engage in candid conversation with complete strangers and talk about whatever. Aristea would not tolerate individuals who wronged her and those that she loved. She could be one fiery ginger; it was better to be with her army than against it. Iris was more of a giver than taker. She lived an interesting and some would say colourful life, or as she would put it, "It has been one hell of a great ride." Aristea was an artist and teacher with a passion and love for classical ballet and classical music. She took extreme pride in teaching and watching her young students learn, nurture and perhaps find the love and beauty of ballet. It was a magical and beautiful event to watch her students at their recitals. Her pride of them was noted by those who attended and the students' joy and eagerness to perform was priceless. It was a fairy tale moment! Dogs, even though she had an allergy, were another love. She took the time and effort and taught them to be behaved, love, not hate and made sure that they were well "schooled" in the discipline department. Love of "her friends" was paramount! She cherished each and every one of them. They know who they are. Aristea was not perfect, but that is what made her so special. She will be dearly, dearly missed by "her friends," who understood her, questioned her, laughed with, cried with and loved her. So, Tippytoes, every so often, we are going to look into the night sky and want to see you kicking some stars' butts around, causing mayhem and seeing the sparks fly. That and maybe, just maybe, catch a glimpse of a graceful and spirited ballerina, who touched people's lives in many ways, dancing and having the time of her life, twisting and twirling in the skies above... Loved you then, now and always...
Your friends forever.
Published in Montreal Gazette on Oct. 8, 2016
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