Died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 89. Although Sotos wanted to be surrounded by family, in the end we were all there in spirit.
Sotos began his journey into this world in a small village in Greece. He left his home and 7 siblings at the young age of 15 to live in Athens with his uncle who was a General in the Greek Army. He went to school there and started learning his trade, tailoring. He was a dedicated son to his parents with whom he held a deep bond their entire lives and was a tough but kind and generous older brother to his young siblings. In 1964, he left for Canada to begin a new life and it was here that he bought his first home on Fulton Street where he lived with his younger brother Aris . Shortly after his arrival in Canada, he wooed our mother, Eleni, through romantic letters and promises of a new life. She arrived in Canada in 1966 and they began their new life together - as life partners and business partners when they began their custom shirt making business, Alpini Sotos Craft. Sotos and Eleni flourished in Canada and built a full life filled with family and friends. One of their defining decisions was to buy their cottage on Lake Simcoe in Pefferlaw, Ontario where they had so much fun with their friends and family over the years.
Sotos made many cherished friends wherever he went. He was an extraordinary character, had a magnetic personality and always wanted to be in a social environment with his wife by his side. He was a loyal and generous husband who at the end provided a wonderful life for himself and his family. He taught his family to love deeply, form deep bonds with friends and family, see the optimistic side of life and have fun - for all of that we will be forever grateful.
Sotos leaves behind his brother Aris Vlachos, children Dimitra Vlachos (Dave), Maria Vlachos and his cherished grandchildren: Eleni, Evan and Daniel. We will remember our father and grandfather as a loving man who at times could be stern and demanding but equally human, emotional and admirable who wanted nothing but the best for us.
Given the social distancing regime there will be a small private family funeral.
His family would like to extend their thanks to the staff of The Hellenic Home for the Aged who took good care of him in the last years of his life. Donations can be made to Parkinson Canada or Alzheimers Society in memory of
(The family wishes this to be a private event.)
Elgin Mills Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Centres
1591 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, ON, CANADA, L4S 1M9