Philip Stamatakos
1963 - 2016
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Philip Straton Stamatakos, 52, passed away on April 15, 2016, from complications following cancer surgery. He had taken on the challenge of his diagnosis with a singular courage, fortified by faith and love of family. Phil will forever be remembered for his strength of character, selflessness, loyalty and devotion to family and friends. He led a life of purpose, energy and adventure, and he enriched the lives of all who knew him. Phil made the world a better place. Born in Milwaukee in 1963 to Louis and Bess Stamatakos, Phil was raised in Okemos, Michigan. Phil was a graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Toronto, and the University of Michigan Law School. Phil met his beloved wife Sarah in Ann Arbor in 1989. They married in 1996. Sarah was the one and only love of Phil's life. Together, they had four children and created a loving, warm home. Phil is survived by Sarah and their children, Thomas, Katherine, William and Elizabeth; his mother, Bess; his brothers, Ted (Alyssa) and Tim (Corrin); and six nieces and nephews (Sophia, Alexandra, Andrew, Ryan, Eliana, and J.D.). The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 24, from 12pm to 5pm at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 1025 W. 55th Street, Countryside, immediately followed by the Trisagion service at 5pm. A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 25 at 10:30am at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, 2501 S. Wolf Road, Westchester, immediately followed by an interment at Fairmount Willow Hills Memorial Park, 9100 Archer Avenue, Willow Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke Orthodox Church, 10700 South Keane Avenue, Palos Hills, IL 60465. Funeral Info: 708-352-6500 or

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Published in Chicago Tribune on Apr. 22, 2016.
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July 26, 2016
My deepest condolences to your family. I worked with Phil at Baker & McKenzie and continued to remain in touch with him. A wonderful human being who will be remembered fondly by so many.
Phil Rosenblatt
June 15, 2016
I learned today of Phils passing. I am in shock and devastated. I met Phil at Amita Outpatient Center where I took care of him by taking his vitals. He was very nice and postive about his health. I remember wishing him well and praying daily . I will never forget him and I pray for his beautiful family. Miss you Phil.
Joyce Bartos
June 10, 2016
I am shocked and saddened to hear of Phil's passing. The last I heard from him, he was helping to coordinate our High School reunion!!! As Phil's last name began with S,T and mine began with T,A, we were often seated next to each other during school. He was always kind, considerate and had a beautiful smile on his face. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Sarah, the kids and the rest of Phil's family. May you rest in peace Phil.
Christy Tarr-McVey
May 11, 2016
I worked with Phil during 2014-15 at the time he was moving from Jones Day to Paul Hastings. He was a great gentleman and a scholar. We had some great lunches--at Phil's insistence--at Greek Islands restaurant in Chicago. He introduced me to some wonderful food, wit and great personal stories. He was a man of grace and distinction. I was shocked to learn of his passing.

Phil was a smart, meticulous, patient professional. But he was a better human being.

One final note: Phil introduced me to the Village Salad (along with other great dishes) at Greek Islands. A good friend and I started to make the salad at home on a regular basis. We always referred to it as the "Phil Salad." When I was told that Phil had passed, we celebrated his life at dinner that night with the "Phil Salad" and numerous toasts to his sunny disposition and kindness.

The world is a poorer place for his passing.

I wish his family all the best. He loved them dearly and spoke abut them often.

Steve Hannah
Austin, Texas
Stephen Hannah
April 29, 2016
Such sad news. Phil worked with me in Egypt early in our respective careers. So smart, so personable, fun, adventurous and kind. I know he will be profoundly missed. I wish his wife, children and the rest of his family strength and solace during this difficult time.
Sheryl Wragg
April 28, 2016
My deepest condolences to the family. He was an incredibly kind person and he will be missed.
Laura Dahl
April 25, 2016
My condolences to Sarah, the children and the rest of the Stamatakos extended family. He will be missed very much. May his memory be eternal.
Leon Vainikos
April 24, 2016
Janet and Alan Nevas send their deepest condolences to the Stamatakos family.
April 24, 2016
My deepest sympathies to everyone in the Stamatakos family. Phil was a wonderful person and I will always have some of my best life memories from the times he and I spent together in our youth. Phil, you left us all much too soon and you will be missed greatly.
Cameron Williams
April 22, 2016
We love and miss you, Phil. We will never forget you and the way your light illuminated so many hearts.
Ashley Gullett
April 22, 2016
I am still in shock about this. Memory Eternal.
Caye Caswick
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