Galatis, Sr., Ted P., passed away in Plantation, Florida, on June 13, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth; his two sons, Ted P. Galatis, Jr. (Attorney and Wilton Manors City Commissioner) and Charles H. Galatis (Realtor) of Oakland, CA; his three grandchildren, Ann Galatis, Kelly Galatis and Andrew Galatis; his two step-grandchildren, Barney Sajdak and Rachel Sajdak, and a great granddaughter, Isabella Costin. He is predeceased by his father, Peter Galatis; his mother, Florence Galatis; and his brother, Peter Galatis, Jr. Ted was born in Miami, FL on June 29, 1922 and moved with his family to Fort Lauderdale in 1937. He graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School in 1941. He attended the University of Florida and graduated Law School in 1946. Ted served as Small Claims Judge and Justice of the Peace in Fort Lauderdale from 1952 until 1957. He was City Attorney for the City of Oakland Park, FL during the 1950's. Ted was engaged in the practice of law in association with several lawfirms, including Davis & Lockhart; Galatis & Kirsch; Galatis & Gorman; Davis, Galatis, Gorman, McConnaghy & Fogan; Galatis, Gorman & Feinstein and at his retirement, Galatis & Galatis. To all those who had the privilege of knowing him, Ted was a dedicated lawyer and a consummate civil servant. Ted was a past member of the Ft. Lauderdale Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Civitan Club, The Broward County Bar Association, The American Bar Association, the Law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta and social fraternity Theta Chi. He was a founding member of the Little Theater of Ft. Lauderdale and Ft. Lauderdale's Beacon for the Blind. He served on the City of Plantation's Planning and Zoning Board and served as Chairman of the Board of Doctor's Hospital in Sunrise, FL. Ted moved his family from Rio Vista to Plantation in 1957. The Galatis' will receive family and friends at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 North University Drive, Plantation, FL 33317 on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow at a nearby location, TBA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Ted's name be made to the donor's favorite charity, with donation confirmation mailed to Ted P. Galatis, Jr., 1501 N.E. 4th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304.
Published in Sun-Sentinel from June 19 to June 21, 2012