|George N. Sarris|
Papou also mowed his own lawn and some of the neighbors' lawns. I can still picture him working in extreme heat with a handkerchief tied around his neck (or on his head) and his strong, bare arms glistening with sweat. Every time I see gardenias in the backyard of my building in Miami, I remember the gardenias and oregano growing in large pots on their front porch.
Last, but certainly not least, George Sarris was omnipresent in the foyer of St. Basil's Church on Stanislaus Street at the end of his life, taking care of the candles -- while actually having been one of the Founding Fathers of that church as Greek-Americans got settled in Stockton in the 20's and 30's. He left his village Kiparissi, Lakonias, (accesible only by sea) in 1910 along with others looking for a better life...
Quiet, industrious, strong-minded, dependable, gentle, not showy -- that was my Papou.
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