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RIP Chris Tomaras: Epitome of a Hellene

God chooses good people to do great things. Chris P. Tomaras has left a legacy of great things. He fell asleep in the Lord on October 14.

Chris Tomaras will be remembered for his love of Hellenism, entrepreneurial ingenuity, profound faith, and neverending generosity. His determination and perseverance led to a career as a successful businessman as owner of Kronos Foods and Tomaras Investments. Devoted to his family, friends, and those in need, his many acts of kindness demonstrated his spirit of philanthropy and deep love for all.

He was a devoted Greek Orthodox Christian, putting his faith into practice. Tomaras was a benefactor of many churches and Greek Orthodox institutions, including the Saint Iakovos Retreat Center of the Metropolis of Chicago. He was an active member of Leadership 100 and a dedicated Archon of the Order of Saint Andrew of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Born in Piraeus, Greece, Chris Tomaras personified Hellenism, while embracing the ideals of his adopted country, the United States. As Vice President of the World Council of Hellenes in the Americas (SAE), he inspired Greek-Americans of all ages to be proud of their culture and heritage, creating programs for Greek youth and sponsoring special cultural events. Tomaras’ generosity spanned across the Diaspora, improving the lives of many Greeks.

It was Tomaras’ passion for education that led him to establish the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation (PHSF). Ever mindful of the importance of a college education, he founded the PHSF so that Greek-American undergraduates would have the financial resources they would need to complete their education. His vision and generosity have ensured that more than 300 deserving students received scholarships exceeding $2 million.

Tomaras served as leader of a number of civic, community and business organizations, including President of the PanMessenian Federation of USA and Canada. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Anatolia College and the founding member of the American Foundation of Hellenic Studies at Georgia State University. He received countless awards, such as the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Hellenic College-Holy Cross School of Theology.

The passing of Chris P. Tomaras leaves a great void in our hearts and in our community, yet it motivates us to continue his good deeds. We will lead by his example, mindful of his accomplishments and the words of wisdom he has shared with us.

Our Lord welcomes this good and faithful servant into His Kingdom. We pray for his immortal soul. May the memory of Chris P. Tomaras be ever eternal.

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