Oct 28, 2016

IN MEMORIAM | Konstantinos Vogiatzis

Our condolences to our friends Eva Miller, her sister Kitsa Statti, their family and friends, on the passing of Eva & Kitsa's father Konstantinos Vogiatzis.

Growing up, the Vogiatzis family lived on the same street as my family and my sister and I hung out a lot with Eva and Kitsa and went to the school with them as well.  

I remember their family's restaurant in Crystal Beach, where they spent each summer. It was located across the road from the infamous Crystal Beach amusement park and the Vogiatzis' worked hard providing hungry visitors with an array of delicious dishes to choose from (thanks to the Vogiatzis family's fine culinary skills.) 

Eva, Kitsa, your dad was a special man and you should be proud of all he accomplished.

Obituary of Konstantinos Vogiatzis

Vogiatzis, Konstantinos - On Wednesday October 26, 2016 at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital with his loving family by his side. He was born on December 22, 1929 in Symi, Greece. Predeceased by his parents Maria and Vasilios, brother Athanasios, sister-in-law Sevasti, brother-in-law John and nephew Bill.

Devoted husband to his wife Maria since 1959 and loving father to daughters Eva Miller (Joe Zettler) and Kitsa (Frank) Statti. Fantastic Pappou to Chris, Nick, Stephen, and Matteo. Cherished brother to Sotiri in Canada, Irini (Stellios) and Yiorgos (Dikea) in Greece. Beloved Theo to Gus (Michelle), Nick, Eva (Mark) and Niko in Canada and Irini (Michalis), Maria (Ilias), Ilias (Georgia) and Vassilis (Evy) in Greece. Special brother-in-law to Brenda Roditis and loved by many family members and friends.

Before coming to Canada, he worked as a ship builder and was part of the Greek navy and travelled the world on cargo ships. In 1966, he brought his family to Canada, working as a yacht builder at C&C Yachts in Niagara-on-the-Lake and eventually settled in St. Catharines. As an entrepreneur, he worked as a finish carpenter, painter and owned Surella's Spaghetti House in Crystal Beach. With his brother Sotiri he ran Sunrise Restaurant and a chicken farm in Wainfleet.

He was an active member of the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, donating endless volunteer hours and managing Club Hellas with extreme enthusiasm even while he was ill. He was known for his dramatic storytelling skills and knowledge of historical facts. He loved to eat and frequented his nephew's restaurants regularly with his brother Sotiri and friends.

Family will receive friends at the George Darte Funeral Home, 585 Carlton Street on Friday between 2-4 & 6-9pm. Prayers will be said in the funeral home at 7 pm. Divine Liturgy will be held on Saturday at 10 am at the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 585 Niagara Street with burial to follow at Victoria Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Konstantino's honour.