ALEXIADIS, Apostolos Paul , " Pappou " With his family around him, Paul Alexiadis died peacefully at the QE II Health Science Centre on Thursday, November 14, 2013. Born in Volos, Greece in 1936, he was the son of Alexandros Alexiadis and Maria (Papageorgiou) Alexiadis, both deceased. Paul lived through the German occupation of Greece, the...
ALEXIADIS, Apostolos Paul , " Pappou "
With his family around him, Paul Alexiadis died peacefully at the QE II Health Science Centre on Thursday, November 14, 2013. Born in Volos, Greece in 1936, he was the son of Alexandros Alexiadis and Maria (Papageorgiou) Alexiadis, both deceased. Paul lived through the German occupation of Greece, the earthquake that devastated his hometown and the perils of working in the merchant marines. Paul was first introduced, via a picture, of a young Nancy Vlahos. After an intense writing campaign, the old Greek version of online dating, Paul flew to Canada to finally meet Nancy, and made her his wife in 1962. They were married for 47 years until Nancy sadly passed away in 2009. They had four children; Dr. Maria Alexiadis, Paula (Dimitri) Mastrodimitropoulos, Dr. Aleco (Leslie) Alexiadis and Peggy (Gary) Brown. Paul dedicated his life to his family and never shied away from any challenge or sacrifice for them. He valued his time with his family and created many opportunities to be with them. Friday night drives, watching FBI together, eating pop and chips, were some of the pastimes they shared. Paul's love of travel and adventure had the Alexiadis' going somewhere; down to Walt Disney World, the Tower of London, driving on the Autobahn or to the top of the Eiffel Tower and later, with his wife, on a safari in South Africa. He passed on his values of integrity and respect of education to his children.
The most pivotal time in Paul's later life, was the tragic loss of his beloved wife, Nancy. The love affair never ended, and Paul's most famous words of advice became: "Always take care of your wife."
Always the philosopher, Paul would have advice on any subject. Whether it was his neighbours of the Roxbury, Parkland on the Gardens or a man off the street, he made friends easily with his kindness, plain speaking and a great sense of humour. He cherished his weekly trek to Cousins Restaurant on Sunday nights where his gang of family and friends would gather.
Pappou loved his grandchildren, always telling them how great they were and how proud he was of them. He leaves behind his grandchildren Aleka Antonia Brown, Esmee Alexiadis, Athanasia Mastrodimitropoulos and Alasdair Apostolos Brown.
He is survived by his sisters Glykeria Zourbakis and Patra Georgitsis: both of Greece, nephews and nieces living in Canada, US, Germany, England and Greece.
Special thanks to Dr. Chris Hinkewich, the nurses and respiratory therapists from the MICU and all the wonderful nurses on 8.3, who ensured Paul and his family were made comfortable during his last few days.
Visitation will be Wednesday, November 20, at 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax, (455-0531) with funeral service on Thursday, November 21, at 1:30 pm in St. George's Greek Orthodox Church, 38 Purcell's Cove Rd. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Atlantic Division http://mssociety.ca/ATLANTIC/default.htm or Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca/en/about-us/contact-us/?region=ns earmarked for Sarcoma Research. On-line condolences can be made at www.jasnowfuneralhome.com