Bill (Vasilis)Karakasis, was born on February 3, 1932, in Nestorio, Greece. He passed away February 19, 2012 in his 80th year. Beloved husband of Bessie (Vasiliki), loving father of Katherine and Thomai Karakasis. The family would like to acknowledge the staff at St. Joe’s for their exceptional care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to the St. Josheph’s Health Centre Foundation (www.donations.stjoe.on.ca). Condolences may be shared on the Guestbook page.
Bill Karakasis was our father. He was humble, practical, and frugal, yet generous-of-heart. A good man. He was born in Greece and was proudly Canadian. Perhaps it was the insurmountable hardships and numerous obstacles encountered during his early life in Greece that fueled his passion against injustices. He never missed an opportunity for a political debate and would challenge others , especially his children, to never take for granted all of the advantages that life had afforded them. He left a large imprint on many people because of the many small, quiet, actions he performed over his lifetime. Even the neighbourhood pets could not walk past his driveway without abruptly stopping, leashes pulling and tails wagging in frantic anticipation of seeing Bill (and the cookie that he would of course have at the ready). He wore many hats including accomplished cook, skilled gardener, and trusted neighbour, but foremost, he was a man committed to his family. As a husband he shared in all the responsibilities with his wife of 51 years and lived for his “girls”. The sacrifices he made for his daughters were immeasurable and the return on his investment made him a very proud father. He witnessed our births. We now celebrate his life. We will miss him forever. And so too, will others.