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July 16, 2014

Aristotelis (Themistoklis) Frantzis

SYRACUSE — Aristotelis (Themistoklis) Frantzis passed into God's hands on July 15, 2014, at the age of 91.

He was surrounded by the love of his family when he peacefully went to heaven to reunite with the love of his life and wife of 60 years, Katina. He was a beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was born in Serras (Agio Pnevma) and emigrated with his wife and three children from Greece in 1967 to Syracuse, NY. He made many sacrifices and worked very hard to support his family. He had many friends throughout the Greek community and from his work at Syracuse Housing Authority. He was a strong supporter and contributor to the Greek Church, often helping with the annual Greek Festival, as well as other church events. He was an active member for many years of the Pan-Macedonian Association.

He was a man whose presence was felt rather than heard, whose actions spoke much louder than his words. He was diligent in a way that demanded respect, selfless in a way that earned him admiration, and generous in a way that solidified his impeccable character. He was a man of true integrity. He was a dignified man who loved his family, people and life all the way around. He was a very intelligent and inquisitive man who was also great working with his hands.  Most notably fixing the many cars that his children (in particular the youngest) crashed, smashed and demolished.

He was famous for his Greek culinary abilities and creations as he loved to cook and experiment with different foods and recipes. In particular, roasting of the whole lamb - while drinking ouzo, listening to Greek music and having all the kids helping him. Other favorites were his stuffed peppers, meatballs, tarama, tzatziki, rice pudding, baklava and his 101 ways to use olive oil. Only his dancing rivaled his cooking abilities, having been known as one of the most expressive and energetic Greek dancers and most enjoyable to watch.  "Opa" - his love for playing tavli and his ability to always "somehow" win was legendary among his grandchildren.

He is survived by his three children, Peter "Panagiotis" (MaryBeth) Frantzis, Celia "Vasoula" (Ken) Paulin and Iliana (Tony) Ghanem. He was adored by his 10 grandchildren, Karen, Sharon, Shirley, Markie, Donna, Christopher, Louis, Ryan, Alexandra and Nicholas and five great-grandchildren, John, Natalie, Christopher, Sean and Amara. He is also survived by his sister, Evagelitsa Evagelidou in Greece and many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws in Syracuse and Greece.

He will be tremendously missed and always loved and honored by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He exemplified everything a person should wish to be. And, much like his memory, our love for him will never fade away.

He came into this world on April 25, 1923, and, in the 91 incredible years that he was alive, he carved his permanent place in history. May his memory be eternal.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 PM Friday, July 18th, at Burns-Garfield Funeral Home, 3175 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13224. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Saturday, July 19th, at St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church, 325 Waring Road, Syracuse, NY 13224. Burial will be in Oakwood Morningside Cemetery.

For directions to the funeral home or to leave a message of condolence, please visit          www.burnsgarfield.com.

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