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Tom J. BAKAS

BAKAS, Tom J. 95, of Holiday, died Feb. 11, 2013. Tom left Greece alone as a teenager, and served his country with the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII. He was an entrepreneur, and after the war he was known to many Greeks as the owner of the Bakas Specialty Co., wholesaler of Greek and Italian food products to restaurants in the southeastern U.S. He was very philanthropic, and was known to assist Greek immigrants that arrived in New York by personally picking them up and driving them to their new beginnings in the south. He was a longtime resident of Danville, VA, before moving to Florida in 2004. He was a member of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tarpon Springs, and was a charter member of the Velouchi Evrytanian Association. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Elizabeth; daughters, Betty Triantafilles (Jim), Evelyn Stephanos (John), Demetra Bakas and Mary Bakas; and by his grandchildren, Mitch and Tom Triantafilles and Michael, Athan and Lia Stephanos. A visitation will be held at Curlew Hills Funeral Home on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 from 6-9 pm, with a trisagion service at 7 pm. A funeral service will be held on Friday, 11 am at the St. Nicholas Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the St. Peter's Greek Orthodox Church in Danville, VA. Visit www.curlewhills.com

Funeral Home

Curlew Hills Memory Gardens Funeral Home
1750 Curlew Road Palm Harbor, FL 34683
(727) 789-2000

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Feb. 13, 2013
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