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Theodoros (Ted) Laliotis Dies at 79

October 27, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (from the San Francisco Metropolis, published on Oct. 17) – Theodoros Aristotelis (Ted) Laliotis, reposed in the Lord on October 12 at the age of 79. Ted was an active member of the Metropolis Council, the Metropolis Real Estate and Insurance Committee, assisted with the technology infrastructure at Saint Nicholas Ranch, and was a tireless supporter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate as Archon Hartophylax in the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle.

His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco stated that “Ted was committed to the Church and always willing and eager to serve. He was especially passionate about preserving and promoting our Hellenic ancestry and instilling in the next generation a deep love, understanding and respect for the countless contributions that Greeks have made to our society and world.”He added that “Ted’s passing came swiftly but his legacy will remain with us through his good works, and the many initiatives he established to support the advancement of Hellenism. I convey my deepest sympathy to Evangelia, Ari, Tony and their entire family who are deeply mourning his passing.”

The Services for Ted’s eternal rest was held at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, CA. The Trisagion took place on October 21 and the Funeral on October 22.

Laliotis was born in Epidavros, Greece on March 21, 1939, to parents Aristotelis and Anastasia Laliotis. He was the youngest of four children. At the tender age of 12, he left home and moved to the nearest village to complete grammar and high school. Ted immigrated to the United States at 19 to pursue a college degree. He lived with his aunt Eleni Chagalakis (memory eternal) in San Francisco and attended San Jose State University and UC Berkeley. He received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In 1966, Ted married Evangelia Cochila and moved to Los Altos to begin their lives together.

They raised their two sons, Ari and Tony, in Los Altos. While raising his children, Ted worked as an electrical engineer and tech executive at different companies in Silicon Valley. From 1977 to1996, he was the Director of Emerging Technologies at Hewlett-Packard. He was honored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering as a Lifetime Fellow, later receiving their Centennial Medal of Honor, and spent many years lecturing, writing, and planning conferences in his field. After his retirement, Ted worked as an independent real estate broker and investor, pursuing his passion for entrepreneurship.

A dedicated public servant, Ted spent many years serving his local community, sitting on City Council for almost 10 years, and serving as the Mayor of Los Altos from 1991-1992.

Ted’s contributions to the Greek community were immeasurable– a member of a number of societies and organizations, he worked tirelessly for the preservation of Greek Heritage and the Greek Orthodox Faith. Among other organizations, Ted served as President of the Hellenic Federation of Northern California; a founder, board member, and past Vice-President of the Elios Society; Metropolis Council member of the Metropolis of San Francisco; member of the USA Region of the World Council of Greeks Abroad; and board member of the Hellenic Journal.

His contributions to the Greek community were celebrated through many recognitions and awards, including the Axion award in 1993, the Elios Cultural Award in 2009, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2005. In 2012, Ted was invested by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew as an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Ted loved spending time in Lake Tahoe and Greece, fishing, skiing, and listening to Greek music. He will be remembered for his love of life, generosity, and dedication to his family.

Ted is survived by his wife Evangelia, sons Ari and Tony, daughters-in-law Kristy and Lisa, and grandchildren Emily, Katy, Grace, Anthony, and Isla Laliotis.

Donations in memory of Ted Laliotis may be designated to: Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church – Building Fund, 986 Chapman Street, San Jose, CA 95126; or to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral – Building Fund, 245 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

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