In memory of
Charalambos (Harry) Triantafilakos
January 1, 1927 -
May 25, 2019
Charalambos (Harry) Triantafilakos passed away peacefully at the Hellenic Home for the Aged on Saturday, May 25th after enduring a fourteen year battle with Lewy Bodies Dementia, a Parkinson’s disease. Harry was born in Vresthena, Laconia, Greece on December 23, 1926, though like many people born at a time when accurate record keeping was considered a frivolous detail, he was recorded at the local church as having been born January 1, 1927. He was a bright student who was granted a scholarship to high school in Sparta but his education was cut short due to the outbreak of war. Drafted into the army during the Greek civil war, he performed his duty, though as an independent thinker, he was at odds with his community ideologically; he was a progressive liberal and a staunch anti-monarchist. In 1955, he was sponsored by his future wife, Georgia, to come to Canada. Adjusting to life in Toronto was initially difficult, he could not even tolerate the local cuisine at first. He sustained himself by making milkshakes at Palmer’s Drug Store, his first place of employment. After a few years and with support from his cousins, he bought his first home at Bathurst and Davenport. He offered his home and let out every room to newcomers to Canada while the family occupied only one of the rooms. Some of these guests would eventually come to marry into his family. When something needed fixing, he would be an electrician, plumber or a painter and it would be done; no need for professionals. His home was open for all occasions, Easter, Christmas and any reason to get together with family and friends. He loved his home, his garden and enjoyed making his own wine, though it sometimes required a very mature palate to be appreciated! Family meant everything to him and he was always ready to help siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews any way he could. He was a proud man who worked hard with his wife to provide a good life for his daughters. By the 1980’s, he was reaching a comfortable stage in his life with grandchildren that he adored. He enjoyed his role as pappou and would babysit, go to soccer games, help drive them to their activities or just sit and watch them play. He was kind and generous with family and friends and will sorely be missed by who knew and loved him. Charalambos was predeceased by his wife, Georgia (his life’s companion) and is survived by his daughters, Eleni and her husband Spyros, and Metaxia and her husband Luis, and by the biggest joys in his life, his four grandchildren Theodore, Anastasia, Haralambos (Maki), and Georgia. Visitation and Service will be held at Pine Hills Cemetery (Birchmount and St. Clair E.) on Wednesday, May 29, 6 to 9 pm (Visitation) and Thursday, May 30, 11 am (Service). In lieu of flowers, you may consider donations to the Parkinson Society of Canada or the Hellenic Home for the Aged.