New York.- Many Greek American Community organizations and personalities issued statement on the passing of Andrew A. Athens, praising his wok and personality.
The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) mourns the passing of Mr. Andrew A. Athens on March 14, 2013, in Chicago.
“Andrew Athens was an exceptional American and tremendous Hellene,” said AHI Founder Gene Rossides. “I admired his passion for Hellenism and his unselfish work on behalf of Hellenic causes and the Hellenic community worldwide. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
“Andrew Athens was a tremendous American who fought and sacrificed during World War Two for the values that make America a great nation,” said AHI President Nick Larigakis. “It was with this same spirit and fervor that Andy fought for Greece, Cyprus, the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and for all things important to Hellenism and Hellenic causes. May his memory be eternal.”
Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides has issued the following statement:
“The members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association mourn the passing of Life Member Andrew Athens, a true pillar of global Hellenism, a highly-decorated World War Two veteran, an unwavering community activist, ardent philanthropist, and a successful businessman who truly realized and fulfilled the American Dream.
“Brother Athens will be sorely missed by all Hellenes as his kind and benevolent charitable work touched the lives of many people around the world. His legacy will live on through the several organizations he founded and led in support of Hellenism and Orthodoxy worldwide as well as in the many individuals he inspired. We are proud to have called him a Brother Ahepan.
“Our deepest sympathies are with the family of Andrew Athens. May his memory be eternal.”
Brother Athens, a life member of Chapter 46, Chicago, received the AHEPA Archbishop Iakovos Humanitarian Award in 1998 and the AHEPA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. He was 91.
Senator Michael Gianaris issued the following statement in remembrance of Andrew Athens, the dean of the Greek-American community and the Greek Diaspora worldwide. Mr. Athens passed away in his sleep early this morning at his home in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 91.
“I am as deeply saddened by the death of Andrew Athens as I am filled with pride when I remember his extraordinary and exemplary life. A pioneer in the Greek-American community, he paved the way for me and other Greek-Americans of my generation to succeed. He represented everything that we as Greek-Americans should aspire to be.”
Chris P. Tomaras, Chairman of the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation, a Chicagoan and the first President of SAE in America said:
“With deep sorrow we mourn the passing of Andrew A. Athens who died peacefully on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at his home in Chicago.
Mr. Athens has been regarded as the greatest defender of and fighter for the resolution of national concerns of Greece and Cyprus in all occasions that these matters appeared throughout the world. His battles for these causes have brought to the forefront all the injustice and wrongdoing that our countries have suffered which, without Andrew Athens’ efforts would have remained in oblivion.
Andrew Athens’ work as President of the Council of Hellenes Abroad (ΣΑΕ) for 11 continuous years, was clear evidence of his love for Greece and of his pride for his Hellenic roots. Having served by his side as Vice President of the North and South American Region, I recognized, appreciated and admired his integrity and rightness, together with his philanthropy and generosity that always distinguished his actions. Real proof are the thousands of residents of Hellenic descent of the Eastern Block of Europe, who would have suffered much more if treatment centers and clinics that were founded, and to this day continue to operate, with the initiative and the personal struggle of Andrew Athens.
Andrew Athens will be missed by the Hellenic community throughout the globe. But most particularly, he will be missed by me, as I’ve always considered him an advisor, teacher and friend.
We express our deep condolences to his dear wife Louise, and to his children, Paul and Jackie, and their families.
With deep condolences, Chris Tomaras.