Spiro Catechis
1934 - 2015
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Spiro (Speedy) Angelo Catechis

Rockledge

Spiro (Speedy) Angelo Catechis, 81, passed away at his home in Rockledge on Thursday, July 23, 2015. 

He was born on the island of Othoni, Greece, January 7, 1934 to Angelo and Anna Catechis.  At age 13, he moved to the United States with his family.

Speedy and his brother John were owners of the Dixie Motel and Restaurant for many years.  It was better known as the "Dixie Diner", a popular landmark in Cocoa.  Speedy was also a commercial and residential property developer.  He had a passion for boat building and enjoyed sailing and fishing.  He was a true craftsman in all his endeavors.  He will be deeply missed.

Speedy is survived by his wife, Toni Zarnas of 50 years, daughters Anna Chapman (Dencil), Christina Buckner (Brad), his sons John (Speedy) and Ty Catechis.  Three granddaughters (Ryane, Cassidy and Shannon) and two great granddaughters (Ayanna and Tallulah) and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday July 28, 2015 at the Beckman Williamson Funeral Home 5400 Village Drive Viera, Florida.  A private burial will follow for the family.

In lieu of flowers the family requests to have donations sent to the Nick Catechis Foundation, Inc. c/o Twila Midwood, Advanced Tax Centre, Inc. 3819 Murrell Rd Suite E, Rockledge, FL  32955.  The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to the VITAS Hospice and staff.  You may sign Speedy's guestbook at www.beckmanwilliamsonviera.com.






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August 25, 2019
SPEEDY WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL FRIEND. WE RENTED OUR FIRST LIVING SPACE FROM HIM IN COCOA ON THE LAGOON. WE HAD MORE GOOD LAUGHES AND TIMES WITH HIM.WE WILL ALWAYYS REMBER HIS LAUGHS AND STORIES.HIS GET TO GATHER.WE DO MISS HIM SO MUCH. THE ANGELS IN. HEAVEN ARE LAUGHING WITH HIM. NOW.. MISS YOU SPEEDY
DONNA HONIG
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August 20, 2015
RIP & God Bless you and your wonderful family! We all enjoyed knowing you and eating at The Dixie.
Patti Sizemore Boggs
July 31, 2015
We are very sad to hear about your Dad, just found out today, sorry we missed the service. I think all of us who grew up here have such fond memories of the Dixie we thank you for them. We hope that you find comfort in the memories you hold deep in your heart...much Love Brenda and Dave Van Nest
July 28, 2015
I have such great memories of the Dixie Diner...lots of laughs with Speedy and my mother & father-in-law Ollie & Bernice King, Rest in peace.
Laurie King
July 28, 2015
I met Spiro after I married his goddaughter. He was always kind and welcomed me into his home when I visited Rockledge. I'll miss him.
Tyler Land
July 28, 2015
Sorry for the family's loss I was in school with Speedy at Cocoa high school in the 50's I rem the Dixie diner well My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time
Berma Doty
July 28, 2015
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the catechis family for employing my mother Elsie E.Eller at the Dixie motel when I was teenager.They helped her to provide for my younger brother Robert and I.With much sadness toward Family Catechis at this time of great loss.Jeffery R.Eller
July 28, 2015
We are privileged to have had Speedy and Toni as next-door neighbors for the past 15 years. Our sincere condolences are extended to all the Catechis family.
Will & Susan Standley
July 27, 2015
Please accept my deepest condolences at the loss of your beloved husband.
With sincere sympathy,
Jeanne Pahucki
(Delta Delta Delta)
July 27, 2015
Sorry to hear this.my mother worked for speedy for many years.condolences to the family
rosalind lingenfelter
July 27, 2015
He was my mother's youngest brother. He was a good brother and our uncle Speedy. He will be missed, never forget all the memories with all my cousins his children. Good Times awesome family. My heart goes out to each of them and his beautiful loving wife Toni.Prayers for the Lord to bring each of them strength and comfort during this very sad sorrowful time.
Marlene Henderson
July 27, 2015
Years ago I had the privilege of racing with Speedy and Johnny. I'll have a shot of ouzu tonight in both your memories and wish we all could be having them together.
My condolences to your family.
Chuck Rieders
July 27, 2015
We have such good memories of Speedy.Toni and Johnny . We always were laughing together when he was around with a joke or funny story. Our blessings to the entire family.And our love to you as well,Jim and Donna
July 27, 2015
I grew at the Dixie Diner. Speedy and Johnny were just a part of my childhood. Then when Uncle Bob passed Speedy was mine and Aunt Mary's rock to lean on during that time. My heart is sadden for Toni and the rest of the family to have lost such a good man. My prayers are with you and the rest of your extended family.
July 27, 2015
Speedy will be surely missed by many. My husband (Gene Powers) and I met Speedy and Johnny in the 50:s. We considered them friends for life. Have many happy memories of Speedy and Toni.My condolences to the Family.
Jane(Tooty) Powers
July 27, 2015
My best friend since the early 60's, you left me with great memories which I will always cherish. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.
Don Ruth
July 27, 2015
I feel privileged to have been a good friend to both Speedy and Johnny. They were both terrific guys. I will miss you, Speedy.
Larry Thompson
July 26, 2015
Have some wonderful memories meeting friends and eating at the Dixie Dinner. Prayers are with the family.
Respectfully JoAnne (Rufo) Farrington
July 26, 2015
We remember many wonderful meals at the Dixie with Speedy and Johnny always the greatest hosts and so much a part of our lives. And then there was the boating! Lucky we were to live in Speedy and Johnny's era and to know them. Joe & Diane Whitley
July 26, 2015
Have known the Catechis Family since the early 50's. Spiro & John Catechis and Aleck Greenwood. Had many happy visits to the Dixie Restaurant. These folks always made me feel like I was part of the family. They truly have had a very positive effect on a lot of people in the Cocoa Community.
They will never be forgotten.
My condolences to the Family. Respectfully, Bill Hardy
BILL HARDY
July 25, 2015


I miss you Papa.
Ryane Postell
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