Stephen G. Dakes (Age 89)
A Certified Public Accountant, who at one time had offices in Arlington, Fairfax, Alexandria and Maryland, passed peacefully on September 13, 2021. Steve was born in New York and came to Virginia in 1944. During the Korean War, he served in the US Air Force then returned to Civilian life and graduated from college with a degree in Accounting. Shortly thereafter, he was offered a job as an FBI agent, but declined it in order to continue his Accounting career. In 1961, he became a Partner in the Firm he worked for which was then renamed Brown, Dakes, Johnson and Watkins, and eventually Brown, Dakes and Wannall, having at one time a professional staff of 35 employees. Mr. Dakes retired in 2000 after 45 years, having served as Senior Partner. His wife and true love of his life for 61 years, Betty Mantzouris Dakes, predeceased him in 2016 where they were long time residents of Lansdowne Woods, a retirement community. Survivors include, three children George Dakes (Laura), Michael Dakes (Theano) and Stephanie Dolan (Tim); five grandchildren, Amy, Stelios, Maria, Brittany and Stephen, Brother Mike Dakes (Diane); brother-in-law Nicholas Mantzouris (Angela), and numerous nieces and nephews. Steve truly blessed those who knew him as he touched so many lives with his kindness and compassion. Though his accomplishments were many, he was never one to seek praise or adoration. He was a devoted family man, whose love for God, his wife, family and friends knew no limits. The Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, immediately followed by a 12 p.m. Interment service at National Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in honor of Stephen G. Dakes to St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 3149 Glen Carlyn Road, Falls Church, VA 22041 or the Capital Caring Adler Center 24419 Millstream Drive, Aldie, VA 20105.
Published by The Washington Post on Sep. 17, 2021.