Eleftheria Vamvakitis

Eleftheria Vamvakitis

Thursday, March 25th, 1943 - Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
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It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce that Eleftheria (Effe) Vamvakitis (nee Damianakos) passed peacefully on Thursday April 22, 2021.

Loving wife of Pavlos (Paul) Vamvakitis, beloved mother of Georgia (Gina) and Panagiota (Patty), and cherished grandmother of Despina and Michael. Sister of Helen Damianakos, Voula (Koutakos), Paraskevi (Grivas), Georgia (Papadoliakos), and her late brothers Nick, Konstantinos, and John Damianakos, and aunt to many nieces and nephews. Eleftheria was predeceased by her parents Vasilios Damianakos and Panagiota Gianakos.

Eleftheria was the youngest of 8 children. Born on the 25th of March, 1943, in the village of Vasilaki, Greece. Her name translates to Freedom, and her incredible strength, optimism, and determination model the imagery of this most significant day of Greek independence.

She came to Canada at 18, and lived in Ottawa where she helped with the care of her nephews while her sisters worked. Eleftheria moved to Toronto and in 1972 married her loving husband, Pavlos, with whom she shared 49 years of marriage. They worked incredibly hard and made countless sacrifices to make a wonderful life for their two daughters, always encouraging them to strive for success, and to embrace educational opportunities. As well as being a wonderful homemaker, over the years she was also employed in child care and senior care. She was well suited to both because of her compassionate character and her strong ethic to ensure the dignity of others.

Eleftheria loved spending time with her brothers and sisters, and her many nieces and nephews. The memories of her laughter and playful nature, especially after enjoying glasses of family vintages, will bring smiles to all who knew her. Her other great joy in life was her grandchildren, Despina and Michael, whom she adored and loved to spoil with affection and attention, delicious meals and favorite sweets, δίπλες (diples) and κουραμπιέδες (kourambiedes).

Her selfless nature and tireless desire to make everything better for others was one of her greatest strengths. Her hope to continue to be there for those she loved, fuelled her optimism and fighting spirit in the face of a palliative cancer diagnosis.

She was a truly rare individual, and taught us to follow her incredible example. She will live on in our hearts and our many memories.

Eleftheria's visitation can be viewed online via Zoom on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.:

Funeral Service follow at Sts. Constantine & Helen Church at 2:00 p.m. and can be viewed online:

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to:
☆Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
☆Canadian Cancer Society
☆Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church
or to a charity of your choice.
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    Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 |
    Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
    Beechwood Cemetery
    7241 Jane Street
    Concord, Ontario L4K 1A7
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Marissa Revzen-Ellis

Posted at 02:15pm
Dear Georgia and Family

My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear Mother. May her memories be a blessing.

Marissa Ellis

Vasilakion (Tarapsa) Association Toronto Ontario

Posted at 06:53pm
Our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you all as we grieve her loss but celebrate her life. She will be fondly remembered always.
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Elene Sgouromitis

Posted at 04:03pm
Our sincerest condolences on your loss. Your mom was a true warrior, always positive through the tough times. Her easy smile and laugh will be remembered, and her love for her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you - Gina, Patty, Despina, Michael and Pavlos - may her memory be eternal ✝.

Elene Sgouromitis Posted at 04:05pm

From all of us - Elene, George, and Dean.

Peter Grivas

Posted at 02:54pm
Our condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Peter, Melanie, Alex, Kristina and George
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Posted at 01:56pm
Our warmest condolences, Pavlos, Gina, Patty and family Nikos, Jayne and family
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