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Tribute to Elias Mavrogiorgis
The Greek community of South Australia has lost a valuable member and tireless volunteer, Elias Mavrogiorgis, who died on 15 June aged 70 years.
Elias was born in Ikaria on 5 January 1947 and migrated to Australia in 1965. He settled in Adelaide and spent his working career at the Rubber Mills factory on South Rd, which was later named Bridgestone. Elias married Yannoula and they had three children, Maria Georgina and Bill. In more recent years he became a grandfather of five.
Elias was a tireless volunteer for many community organisations, including the Ikarian Association the Greek Community Radio program on 5EBI, the Greek Workers Educational Association Platon and many more.
For over 35 years he served on the Greek Orthodox Community SA Executive and Supervisory committees working passionately and with enthusiasm in all the different sectors of the community, including the church, the schools and many more.
He volunteered his services to many community events quite often the first to arrive and the last to leave. Up until his final hours his thoughts were on his beloved Pan - Ikarian Brotherhood.
The funeral was held at the Taxarchis Cathedral in Franklin street and was attended by almost one thousand people. Amongst the mourners at the church, were the Speaker of the House Michael Atkinson and the Member for Unley David Pisoni.
Eulogies were read by the President of GOCSA Bill Gonis, members of the family and John Panteladis on behalf of the Ikarian Brotherhood.
The GOCSA cancelled its cultural and social events as a mark of respect for the late Elias.
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