Capt. Paris Katsoufis (1940 - 2017)

Obituary
  • " Captain my Captain.. , , ..."
  • "Paris left us with the best memories. He was great in..."
    - Andreas Tzakis
  • "With deep regret but with fond memories of our time..."
  • "Our condolesces to Fanny, George and Lambros, very sad with..."
    - Dayssi Dedos
  • "My sincere condolences to Fani, George and Lambros as well..."
    - Maria Roldan

KATSOUFIS, CAPT. PARIS Our hearts are heavy with the loss of Capt. Paris Katsoufis, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, beloved friend, and philanthropist. Paris' life began on February 17, 1940 in Lechaina, Greece, the son of George and Golfo. He, his two brothers and sister, grew up in a small village in the western Peloponnese, tending to their father's textile shop. At 18, Paris began his career in shipping and enrolled in the Merchant Marine Academy of Greece for officer training. Quickly rising up the ranks, Paris earned his first command at the age of 29, the youngest Captain in his employer's fleet. He served onboard cargo vessels in worldwide travel for 10 years and transitioned to shoreside vessel management to settle with his wife, Fani and begin a family. Paris and Fani had two children, George and Lambros. Paris regained command in 1984 as President and Co-Founder of upstart Dolphin Cruise Line in the nascent Miami cruise market. Over the next 13 years, he grew Dolphin Cruise Line and built another line in Majesty Cruise Line, operating at their peaks with five ships. Briefly, he took on the challenge as President of Cunard Cruise Line to turnaround, relocate and position the company for sale to Carnival Cruise Line. His career then settled with the establishment of Kyma Ship Management in 1997 where he continued to manage a number of cruise and cargo vessels until his final day, having never retired from his life's calling. Despite having traveled the world and visited every continent, Paris never forgot his village roots and the love of his Greek homeland and people. Ever the captain at sea, he selflessly offered aid to friends and strangers alike, only out of respect for his fellow man; employment to the willing, shelter for the immigrated, education and arts for the young, and for Greece everything Greek. With his close friends, he took care in showing his appreciation and loyalty, both in prosperity and adversity. In 2002 he gained a daughter when younger son Lambros married Chryso Pefkaros. In 2006, Paris became a grand-father when Chryso gave birth to her daughter Zoe. A grandson, Aleko, followed 4 years later. In 2010, he gained another daughter when George married Effie Giannoukos, and two other grandsons, Paris and Ioanni, soon thereafter. In the early morning of November 18, 2017, he sustained severe injuries while riding his bicycle and died 9 days later in the Intensive Care Unit, never having regained consciousness. At the time of his death he was surrounded by the unending love of his wife Fani, sons George and Lambros, and daughters-in-law Chryso and Effie, and friends who came to be by his side. The spirit of this loving friend and wise man will ever be in the open sea, with fair winds and following seas and the compass always pointed towards home. Forever may his memory and legacy be in the hearts and minds of those he loved. A viewing will be held on Friday evening, December 1st between the hours of 6pm and 8pm at Stanfill Funeral Homes, 10545 South Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33156. Funeral services will follow on Saturday, December 2nd at noon at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2401 SW 3rd Ave., Miami, FL 33125. He will be buried in his family plot at his homeland, Greece. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Paris' name to the Archimedean Academy. Checks may be made payable to "Archimedean Academy Inc. in memory of Paris Katsoufis" c/o Dimitris Bardoutstos, 12425 SW 72nd Street, Miami, FL 33183.
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Published in the Miami Herald on Nov. 30, 2017