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Panayotis Steve Stefanidis

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Panayotis Steve Stefanidis, a beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2024 at the age of 96.  He was born in Constantinople on May 24, 1927.  He grew up in a household of nine children and was the youngest of five siblings and three cousins.  Graduating at the top of his class, Panayotis earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Istanbul and worked as a chemical engineer at a large petrochemical plant.  In 1958, he immigrated to Montreal, Canada with his lifelong friend, Valentino Xanthopoulos. Professionally, Panayotis was a recognized expert in metallurgical operations specializing in copper alloys. From 1958-1992, he served as the technical director and plant manager for the top non-ferrous ingot producers in North America.

In 1960, he married Vasiliki “Vasso”, also from Constantinople, in Montreal. Together they raised two children, living in the US and Canada.  After the passing of his beloved wife Vasso, he devoted his life to his children and grandchildren.  Pappou was there every step of the way for them.  Whether teaching them about math and science, how to make his famous baklava or sharing stories from his youth, he exemplified many life lessons stressing that time was precious and “not to sweat the small stuff.”

Panayotis dedicated his life to his family, friends, and God.  His love for his family was evident to all who knew him.  He was immensely proud of his grandchildren and their accomplishments, supporting and encouraging them through every milestone emphasizing the importance of education, faith, kindness and love.  His impact on the lives of his family and friends will be forever remembered.

Panayotis leaves behind his children, Marina (and John) Moses, Greg (and Cindy) Stevens and his beloved grandchildren, William “Billy” and Sophia Moses, Alex (and Emma) and Elise Stevens, and Lauren (and Tyler) Nette. His legacy lives in the hearts of everyone he touched.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 9th, at 10:30 am at Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 3149 Glen Carlyn Road, Falls Church, VA 22201, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am.  The internment service will be held immediately following at Columbia Gardens Cemetery, 3411 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 3149 Glen Carlyn Road, Falls Church, VA 22041.

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  1. I did not have the pleasure to meet Mr Stefanidis, but wish to send my sincere condolences to Marina and the family. Reading about the professional and personal history of her father, I can say Mr Stefanidis must be so proud of you Marina. You followed in his footsteps of scientific expertise and your kindness and calm during stress models his lifelong guidance.

    May your heart find peace in these dark days.

  2. I did get a pleasure of knowing Mr Stefanidis through Marina’s eyes. The sweet memories of your love and support for kids and grand kids will get them through this tough time. Marina and kids surely are following your path with grace and kindness. My sincere condolences.

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