The Falling Asleep in the Lord of
Rev. Father Matthew

January 24, 1958 - September 7, 2016

It is with deep sadness but great hope in the Resurrection, that I tell you our wonderful father, husband, papou, priest and friend, fell asleep in the Lord, early morning on the eve of Panagia's feastday (Sept. 7) after a short but fierce three month battle with metastatic lung cancer that spread throughout his body.

My Dad was a humble man, a simple man-one who loved his family and his Faith with all his heart. In all that he did, he put his family, Faith, and church before himself. He was a compassionate man who forgave all. He was a man who spoke simply but his actions spoke loudly.

The world may think we lost a great man too soon, but I know he is with us even still. I am grateful to have spent the last nine out of the twelve weeks with him since his diagnosis and was at his side when he passed away.

I have learned so much from his courage, his strength and his great Faith in God. Not once did he say, 'why me?' He accepted this cross and carried it til the end. Even in his last breaths, his strength and Faith shown through. The disease may have taken over his body, but his smile and his spirit remained until the end.

I will never forget his smile and his hugs. Most of all I will never forget his unconditional love. Let us not fear the unknown but accept death for what it is, for death is not the end but life eternal. "I am only a prayer away," he told us, "but I'll be one step ahead."

We love you, Dad. We always will.

Written by Fr Chrysosostom, Fr Matthews Son

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The Passing of our Beloved Father Vasilios Thanos

Dear Friends and Family of St Demetrios,

We received the message below from Fr. Prevas, Fr. Kezios & Fr. State

Our entire Saint Nicholas family has been blessed these past fifty years to have had the spiritual guidance and the blessings of a devout and dedicated servant of God, Father Vasilios Thanos. Early this morning, the Lord he so faithfully served, called Fr. Thanos to pass through the portal of this earthly life and enter beyond, into the Heavenly Kingdom, and be with Him and all of God's Angels.

Understandably you must be asking, "What happened?" Please know that after a brief hospitalization for what appeared to be pneumonia an almost unbelievable swift change in his condition took him from our midst but not from our hearts and minds filled with fond memories of love.

We your spiritual fathers and pastors sharing with you the same profound sense of sadness and heavy hearts now call upon you, our beloved parishioners, and ask for your prayers as we all stand strong and in faith before this so very unexpected and sudden loss.

It is of course too early at this time to even conceive of what funeral arrangements will be made. We will in the due course of time keep you informed. We did however wish you to immediately be aware of this loss in our parish family that you may pray for both our beloved Fr. Thanos and his grieving family.

Fr. Prevas, Fr. Kezios & Fr. State
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
9501 Balboa Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91325
(818) 886-4040