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1933 - 2019
Heritage Funeral Centre
50 Overlea Blvd.
Toronto, ON
SPIROS DOTSIKAS November 9, 1933 - December 20, 2019 Died in Toronto after a lengthy illness, a month after his eighty-sixth birthday. At his side, his beloved wife of fifty-nine years, Irene (Andrikopoulos). Predeceased by his parents, Panayiotis and Eftihia; and his older brothers, Konstantinos and Andreas (Emilia). Mourned by his brothers, George (Christina) and Nikolaos (the late Katina), both of Greece. Loved by his children Peter Dotsikas (Anne Langford) and Gus Dotsikas (Johanne Hinterseer-Dotsikas). Cherished by his grandchildren, Taylor, Kate, Ryan, Emily, and Ethan. Adored by his in-laws, Alex (Sofia) and Mike Andrikopoulos (Christina). Remembered in love by many nieces and nephews. Spiros was born in Patra, Greece, the youngest of five boys. He was raised by relatives after losing both parents to illness by the age of ten. A member of the Nautical Association of Patra Water Polo Team, he completed his high school education at the Patra School of Commerce before going on to fulfill his mandatory two-year military service. His first job was with the Singer Sewing Machine Company. In 1960, he married the love of his life, Irene. On August 4, 1965, they emigrated to Canada on a thirteen day voyage aboard the Queen Anna Maria. Spiros and his young family arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax. Initially settling in Toronto's Kensington Market, Spiros started a travel agency before joining Irene's two brothers, Mike and Alex, in business. The trio ran the Elektra Greek movie theatre on College Street before moving to Danforth Avenue to open the Apollo movie theatre, eventually known as the legendary Roxy Theatre. In 1971, Spiros and Mike bought and operated what would become one of the best concert venues in the city, the Danforth Music Hall (which they still own today). Rather than longing for his home country, his success on Canadian soil made him extremely grateful for his life here. From their early days on Augusta Avenue, Spiros and Irene enjoyed hours of singing with friends and family. Although unwilling to ever accept any gifts for himself, including tickets to performing arts events, Spiros would reluctantly attend, especially if the ticket was non-refundable. Once in his seat, he would enjoy the experience immensely; confessing he remembered his father playing the great Italian operas for him on the old gramophone. In his later years, he derived great pleasure listening and sharing old Greek songs with his sons. A lifelong fan of the beautiful game, Spiros was the President of Homer FC in the old National Soccer League in the early '70s. He was the Treasurer of the Hellenic Home for the Aged for eighteen years. Spiros was also active for decades in various roles with the Achaean Society. Spiros was industrious, dogged, and extraordinarily generous. Thrifty for his own requirements only, Spiros worked all his adult life for the betterment of his family. Although Spiros could not afford a lengthy education as a young man, he was determined and committed to ensuring his children would have every educational opportunity. He worked tirelessly to fully finance years of private school, and six university degrees earned between his two sons. A constant and quiet presence at his sons' events and teacher interviews, Spiros was a new man as a grandfather, the very picture of familial devotion. There was no babysitter more eager; no better chauffeur, crisscrossing the city to his grandchildren's many events and activities. Driving with Pappou meant ride-long monologues about how great you were; how proud he was of your accomplishments. Spiros was unwell in his last chapter but he knew well enough that he was loved and cared for by an ever present angel: his devoted companion, Irene. Her love and commitment to Spiros remains an inspiration to her family and friends. The Dotsikas family wishes to extend their profound gratitude to all the care-givers at the Hellenic Home for the Aged and the compassionate team from the Infinite Care agency who watched over Spiros in his last days. Visitation will occur Friday, December 27th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Heritage Funeral Home, 50 Overlea Boulevard, Toronto. A funeral will be held Saturday, December 28th, 10 a.m., at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Thorncliffe Park Drive in Toronto. In lieu of flowers, please consider a do-nation to the Hellenic Home for the Aged in Toronto.
Published by The Globe and Mail from Dec. 24 to Dec. 28, 2019.
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Heritage Funeral Centre
50 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, ON
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
30 Thorncliffe Park Drive, Toronto, ON
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Gus and Peter:

Fond memories talking to your father after your basketball games in the old gym. He loved watching you guys play.

December 30, 2019
To Irene and your family, my sincere condolences for Spyros passing. May God keep him in his safe care and give you all strength at this very difficult time. May his memory be eternal. A wonderful man is now resting in heaven. Be strong.
With love and respect
Aspasia Kostopoulos
December 27, 2019
Dear Irene and Family,
Our most heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. Spiro and his wonderful personality will be truly missed. I remember Spiro in the early days in Greece as a rep for Singer. I was a employee of Gritzner the competition at that time. Even so, he always maintained a very play fair attitude and that's what made him very honourable. Later on in Canada our paths crossed once again during his work at the Hellenic home where I was treasurer of he ladies auxiliary and got to know Spiros and Irene very well. May he Rest In Peace and you find great comfort in the memories you have made together.
Sincerely, Magdaline Barlas and family
Magdaline Barlas
December 26, 2019
Gus and Peter;
I'm very sorry to read of your father's passing.
He had a full life and will be missed.
John (Ed) Bawden
John Bawden
December 24, 2019
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