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Memorial Services for Our Founder Chris P. Tomaras


Thank you to all who have sent their messages of condolence and support following the passing of Chris P. Tomaras, who fell asleep in the Lord on October 14, 2015.


The visitation is on Wednesday, October 21, from 4:00 to 9:00 pm at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 North Cicero Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. The funeral will be held on Thursday, October 22, at 10:30 am at Holy Taxiarhai & Saint Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 7373 North Caldwell Avenue, Niles, Illinois. Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery, 9900 Gross Point Road, Skokie, Illinois. Kindly omit flowers. Please make memorial contributions to the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation.


Mr. Tomaras was born on November 9, 1937 to Pavlos and Evdokia Tomaras in Piraeus, Greece. He was the beloved husband of the late Nancy Tomaras;  brother of Helen Tomaras Astin and the late Mike Tomaras. Those who knew Mr. Tomaras remember him for his generosity, his devotion to his friends and family, and his dedication to his work and philanthropic endeavors.  He reached many hearts and cared for many people, and he left many behind who sincerely loved and cared for him. Please know that your thoughts and prayers at this time are deeply appreciated.


Mr. Tomaras' passion for giving back to the Greek American community was always a priority for him. Mr. Tomaras dedicated his life to increasing educational opportunities for Greek youth, and in 1998, he founded the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation. The Foundation awards $250,000 in scholarships annually, and since its founding has awarded $2.3 million to 324 Greek American undergraduates.


We thank you in advance for all of your donations to the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation in honor of Mr. Tomaras. We are committed to carrying on his legacy, and continuing to give back to the Greek American community, through the work of the Foundation.