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Rev. Aristides Fokas

LANCASTER Rev. Aristides Fokas, 50, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Born January 8, 1964, in Lancaster, he was the son of John and Georgina (Somis) Fokas of Lancaster. Aris was a gentle soul, laughed freely, and made others laugh. He was a compassionate, authentic, kind-hearted, friend who made people feel cared for. He had a tremendous appreciation for art, music, and learning. Aris practiced yoga and enjoyed the outdoors, particularly hiking, biking, and sailing. He loved his dogs, especially Rollin. Aris will always be deeply loved and missed by his family and friends. Rev. Fokas served currently, with a great deal of pride in their shared ministry, as the Pastor at Dover United Church of Christ, Dover, and formerly as Interim Pastor at Salem-Columbia, St. Peter's Lichey's-Spring Grove, Emmanuel-Freysville, and Grace Alsace-Reading. He also had worked as Assistant Director of Campus Ministries & Assistant Director of Community and Public Service at Franklin & Marshall College from 1995-2001. Cpt. Fokas proudly served in the U.S. Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom as a military chaplain in Al Ambar Province and Baghdad '05-'06. In 2009, he was mobilized again as Support Chaplain for the 166th RTI at Ft. Indiantown Gap. Cpt. Fokas received the Meritorious Service Award and Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal. He was a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College '89, the Lancaster Theological Seminary '96, with a Master of Divinity '07 ABD with a Doctorate of Ministry, and the United States Army Chaplain School. In addition to his parents, Aris is survived by his sister, Dr. Cynthia Fokas Gessler, married to Lawrence Gessler of of Lancaster; uncles, Sam Fokas and George Somis; aunts, Popi Somis and Rena Fokas; as well as extended family and many caring friends. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at the Nevin Chapel within Old Main at Franklin & Marshall College, 510 College Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603 on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 1 p.m Visitation and reception will follow immediately after the Service. Kindly omit flowers. Memorial Remembrances can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org; the Dover U.C.C., 45 W. Canal St., Dover, PA 17315; or the Lancaster County SPCA. 599 Chesapeake St., Lancaster, PA 17602 www.lancasterspca.org. Arrangements by Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home, Sullivan Home, Exclusive Provider of Veterans Funeral Care, 121 S. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603 ( 717-397-8298). To submit an online condolence visit www.scheidfuneralhome.com

Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Feb. 28, 2014
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