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Memory Eternal: Orestes Demetriades

September 3, 2021

BOSTON – Orestes Demetriades of West Yarmouth, MA, Naples, FL, and formerly of Belmont, MA, passed suddenly and peacefully at the age of 99. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Hloy (Tsoumas) Demetriades; along with his children, Deborah Demetriades Marini and her husband Robert of Naples, FL, their children, Thalia and Ianthe, Theodore Demetriades and his wife Deborah of Scituate, MA, their children, Alexis Demetriades-Spooner and her husband Ian, and Alece, and Peter Demetriades and Nicole McCay of Sagamore Beach, MA, and Peter's children, Thomas and Danielle, along with their mother Lisa (Marney) Demetriades.

Orestes Demetriades is survived as well by many nieces, nephews, and cousins in both Greece and the United States. His long and extraordinary life began on a refugee ship off the island of Lesbos, Greece in 1922. He immigrated to the United States in 1951 at the age of 30, establishing residence in Watertown and then Belmont, MA. He was the founder and long-time host of Grecian Echoes, the longest continuously broadcast Greek radio program in the United States, where he proudly promoted and perpetuated Hellenic culture and heritage. He was also a founder of Orbit Travel and other enterprises, contributed poetry to Greek language newspapers, and was a prolific raconteur and speaker. We will miss his engaging presence, his love of life, and his devotion to family. Funeral Service was held at the Taxiarchae Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Bigelow Ave., Watertown. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the above named church or to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1130 Falmouth Rd., Centerville, MA 02632, or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Burial in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

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