Gregory Michalos, age 63 of Yorkton, Saskatchewan passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis and more recent bout with-Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Gregory was born on March 30, 1954 in Egrigoros on the island of Chios, Greece. He was the youngest son of Simeon and Evangelia Michalos.
Gregory spent his youth in Egrigoros and on June 30, 1964, his father was tragically killed in a car accident leaving him and his six siblings without their father. He along with his mother and brother Ilias moved to Athens in 1964 where he completed high school. Gregory first came to Canada in 1975 and eventually returned to Greece, marrying his former wife Dimitra in 1979, which was followed by the birth of their son Simos on September 11, 1980.
Gregory’s son Simos was his proudest achievement and he was a devoted and loving father. In 1986 Gregory moved permanently to Canada and he was eventually able to bring Simos to join him in 1993. Gregory was very loyal and had a very close connection to his entire family, including his mother, brothers and sisters, the spouses of his siblings and all of their children and grandchildren. He was a connector and worked very hard to keep everyone close to one another. His son and his family were a priority in his life.
Gregory participated in a variety of different types of professions and operated a number of businesses. Along with being a travel agent and running his own agency in Piraeus, he had worked extensively in all facets of the restaurant business throughout the years and had also operated other businesses, including the Chocolate Factory and a lottery ticket and home goods store. Gregory was dedicated to his faith and to the Saint Anargyroi Church in Yorkton where he served as the cantor and many experienced his beautiful voice and love of singing and music. Gregory further pursued this love of music with concert promoting efforts, bringing legendary artists like George Dalaras and Dimitri Kontolazos to Canada from Greece. During this time Gregory also produced and hosted a Sunday evening Greek radio show on CJGX in Yorkton.
Gregory’s commitment to his family was extraordinary and he enjoyed spending time in their company, bringing joy to all of them with his deep bellowing laugh. He will be remembered by all of us who witnessed his demonstration in his love to all he cared for. His battle with MS slowed his incredible energy but all those who knew him will remember his smile, jokes, enthusiasm and ability to encourage all those around him to strive for their best. Gregory used every last bit of the fight he had in his spirit in the last chapter of his life and will now find peace.
Gregory was predeceased by his brother Ilias and parents Simeon and Evangelia Michalos. He is survived by his son Simos, his sisters Mary and spouse Gus Stamatinos, Toula and spouse Panagiotis Avdalas, Irene and spouse Michalis Arakas, Argyro (Iris) and spouse Chris Stoubis, and his brother Sotiris and spouse Rita Michalos as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and many relatives throughout Greece, Canada and the United States.
His family wishes to thank all of the doctors and nurses at the Yorkton Regional Health Center for their kindness and care.
MS Society of Canada