August 16, 1933 – November 27, 2019
Mr. Sotirios Konstantinos Mantekas of Matthews, NC passed into the hands of our Lord and Savior on the 27th of November, 2019. He was born on the 16th of August, 1933 in the village of Stenoma, Evrytania Greece to his parents Konstantinos & Fotini Mantekas.
In addition to his parents, He was preceded in death by his sister Vasiliki Panopoulos of Stenoma Greece, his brother Dimitrios Mantekas of Stenoma Greece, and his brother Ioannis Mantekas of Lamia Greece.
On the 24th of November, 1957 he married Georgia Skenteris of Stenoma Greece and they have 3 wonderful children: Konstantinos Mantekas, Faye Mantekas Karanikas ( Steve ), Demetra Mantekas Tassios ( John ) all residing in Charlotte, NC and 7 precious grandchildren: Jessica Mantekas, Steven Mantekas, Dr. Hristos Karanikas, George Karanikas (Kristen), Katerina Karanikas Estrada( Steven ), Geordan Tassios, Steven Tassios.
Early in his career, Sotirios faithfully and dutifully served as a Federal Game & Wildlife Resources Officer in the Greek State of Evrytania for several years. In 1973, along with his family, he immigrated to the United States of America and settled in Fayetteville, NC to be near family, where he was employed at the Rainbow Restaurant for several years and quickly learned the art of preparing home-cooked dishes & various recipes to his customers.
In 1983, the family moved to Charlotte, NC area and were presented an opportunity to co-own and manage a restaurant along with his son, Dino named The Fireside Restaurant in Matthews, NC during the next 28 years where he affectionately became known simply as “Pops” to his family, friends, co-workers, and customers. Pops very much enjoyed cooking up numerous dishes & recipes for his customers, some who traveled up to 50 miles to enjoy his cooking. At any given day or time, if you peeked into the kitchen, you would find Pops working as the conductor, orchestrating an ensemble of Pots and Pans resulting in the most delicious meals in the area. Throughout his life, Pops always had an unsurpassed work ethic that was second to none. In Pop’s mind, “there is work to be done, no time to sit around and relax”. He displayed a humble demeanor and enjoyed interacting with his customers and co-workers each day showcasing his kindness, generosity, and humor. He enjoyed spending time with his wife of 62 years, Georgia, his children, and grandchildren always instilling in all of them positive encouragement & sound advice. In his spare time, especially after retirement, Pops was an avid gardener & beehive keeper resulting in dozens of fruits and vegetable harvests each year and collected the best honey you could find. Pops also enjoyed going to church most Sundays, where he attended Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on East Blvd, St Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church on Kuykendall Rd and occasionally Panagia Prousiotissa Elatos Chapel in Wesley Chapel, NC.
The Family wishes to thank Dr. Takie Hondros & Dr. Lokesh Tejwani of Novant Health, along with the wonderful and caring staff at Presbyterian Hospital – Matthews, and most especially the nursing staff who showed great care and kindness during his last days there.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, the 2nd of December, 2019 at 12:30 PM with visitation beginning at 11:30 AM at St Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church, 5108 Kuykendall Rd, Charlotte, NC 28270. Interment will be at Forest Lawn East Cemetery 3700 Forest Lawn Dr, Weddington, NC 28104.
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