GOREAS NICHOLAS, DEMETRIUS
Part of our shore has been washed away and we
are less for it.
Demetrius Nicholas Goreas, born Keramedi, Greece,
January 14th, 1936. Passed away on Friday evening,
November 11, 2011 in
We have lost a loving
husband, father, grandfather (Papou) and friend to
everyone who knew him.
Jimmy, aka “Jimmy The Greek”, came to Canada in
December of 1956 and became a Millwright. He was
employed at S&K Plywood in Kelowna, B.C., for 44 years, from 1957 to 2001. He never said a negative word about anyone. He loved everyone. He put his family before himself everyday of his life. Our father became ill with ALS this last year. As time passed, it became difficult for him to smile and to breathe but he never gave up trying. Even as his illness overwhelmed him, he did not complain or become angry, discouraged, or loose his patience and say, “WHY ME?” Most of the time he would shrug his shoulders and smile, and when he smiled he would light up the entire
room and all those around him.
He was a quiet man who taught us a great deal about the beauty of life through his actions. In his very last moments he taught us the secret to life, a secret that we forget
all the time. The secret is that the greatest treasure in this life is your family, their love for you and your love for
them. Thank you, dad, for being the most generous,
kind, thoughtful and selfless husband, father,
Papou, and friend we will ever know.
Good Night Dad
Pre-deceased by his parents Nicholas and Jasmine,
sister Helen, and brother Sarantis.
Demetrius Nicholas Goreas is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Louise, his sons Douglas (Roxane) of Maple Ride, B.C., Wade (Charline) of Sarnia, Ontario, James (Karen)
of Shawnigan Lake, B.C., Lee (Jennifer) of Toronto, Ontario, and his daughter Allison (John) of Kelowna. Also survived by his brother Tommy, grandchildren Robert, Madison,
Jasmine, Colin, Justin, Helene, Demetra, and one
great-grandson DeAndre, and many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service will be held Friday, November 18,
at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,
696 Glenmore Road, Kelowna, B.C. at 3pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS
Society, 1233-13351 Commerce Parkway,
Richmond, B.C. V6V 2X7