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Dr. Constantine GEORGIADIS
1929 - 2021
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DR. CONSTANTINE GEORGIADIS "COSTAS" PhD Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, McMaster University May 1, 1929 - January 6, 2021 On January 6, 2021 in his 92nd year, Costas peacefully passed away from natural causes with his family by his side, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. Devoted and loved husband, father, grandfather, friend, philosopher, mentor, teacher, author, and poet. Survived by Tania, his lifelong, loving wife of 68 years, his children Alex Georgiadis (Heidi), Dr. Nina Georgiadis (Nic), grandchildren Austin Garrick, Vincent Garrick, Tania Garrick, and great-grandchildren Cassidy and Nina. Costas was predeceased by his parents and younger brother, and survived by his sister and family in Cyprus, Greece, and Australia. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, raised there and in Cyprus and Greece, Costas was educated at The University of Warsaw in Poland, where he and Tania met and had children, and then relocated to London, England where he got his PhD of Philosophy at The University of London. He settled in Hamilton, Ontario to join the Philosophy department as a Full Professor of Philosophy at McMaster University in 1967. Much loved by his students, he retired after three decades but continued to give talks, lectures, mentor students, and produce numerous publications in both English and Greek. His academic career was focused on Greek Philosophy, especially the works of Aristotle and Plato. A true lover of the arts, Costas' work often centered on aesthetics, poetry, and art. An unpublished 2009 poem of his 'A Real Hero' became the basis for the hit movie song of the same name, written by his grandson and used as the main theme of the Oscar Nominated 2011 film 'Drive'. In the original poem Costas coined the now popular phrase 'a real human being and a real hero' and inspired the tagline of the film's poster 'Some Heroes Are Real'. An incredibly humble man in life, he would never have used those words of his to describe himself, but to those who knew the kind man he was, fully devoted to his loved ones and his work, Costas truly was a real human being and a real hero. A celebration of life event will be held once restrictions are lifted. A private funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday January 13, 2021. Interment to follow at Woodland Cemetery in Burlington where Costas will be laid to rest. Due to restrictions, the service will be livestreamed at 1 p.m. through the link included in his obituary on the Marlatt Dundas Funeral Home website

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Jan. 9 to Jan. 13, 2021.
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January 13, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. My sincere condolences for the loss of the nicest most amazing uncle!!! You will always be in our hearts. Aliki Christofides, Cyprus.
Aliki Christofides
January 13, 2021
Grandpa Costa was one of the most beautiful, most intelligent people I've ever met. Every year on Christmas Eve he would dress up like Santa and hand presents out to everyone. He was a gentle soul and will be lovingly remembered.
January 12, 2021
Constantine's passing is great loss for a lot of us
As a member of his spiritual group in Toronto I was eagerly waiting
Once a month were he would come and teach us Greek phylosophy history and art
My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones
He is going to be in our harts for ever
Sula Antiochou
January 12, 2021
"a real human being and a real hero"
January 9, 2021
My deepest sympathies to Tania and Costas's family. Costas and Tania are forever in our hearts. I have very fond memories of them both growing up, especially in their home on Sterling and in my parents' home in Hamilton, the conversations around the table at dinner parties, celebrations of Greek Easter, visits for coffee and cake. Both Costas and Tania have been big influences in my life, and I hold them very dear in my heart. My love and a big long hug and kiss to Tania. Much love, Antiope Papageorgiou
Antiope Papageorgiou
January 9, 2021
Dr. Georgiadis was one of my favorite philosophy professors when I went to McMaster in the mid-70's. He was always open to discussion and extremely patient. I enjoyed his classes immensely. RIP.
Joseph Giacomelli
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