The local music scene just can't catch a break. On Monday night Berbati's Pan owner Ted Papaioannou died, just weeks after the announcement that the club will stop hosting concerts starting next year. Papaioannou, 56, immigrated from Berbati, a village near Argos, Greece in the Peloponnesus, when he was 12 years old, and was one of the principals who opened the Berbati restaurant (his entire family helped out) in 1987. Besides his mother and siblings, he is survived by his children Penelope (Opi), Nick and Antonia (Nia), and two grandaughters, with a third grandchild due in about a month. Details of a funeral service are coming soon.
We thought we'd open this blog post up to anyone who knew Ted and wanted to say something about him. Maria Boyer, from WW
's advertising department, is heavily involved in Portland's Greek community and we asked if she'd share her thoughts first. We will add comments as they come, so email me (cjarman [at] wweek [dot] com) or leave a comment below if you have anything to add. Our thoughts are with the Papaioannou family and Ted's friends.
UPDATE: The family requests that remembrances be made:
In Memory of Ted Papaioannou
and also, the funeral service details:
Providence Portland Medical Foundation
Cancer Research Operations
4805 NE Glisan St.
Portland OR 97213
Funeral is 11 am Friday, Nov. 12 at
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
3131 NE Glisan St.
Trisagion service (a little memorial) is 7 pm Thursday, Nov. 11, also at Holy Trinity
"I remember Ted from his arrival in the states and his easy and eager adaption of all that is cool here, including the trendiest '70s style (with tremendous afro hairdo, platform shoes, loud print shirt and super bellbottomed pants). One of his most striking accessories was his sweetheart, Angie Toffolo, whom he captured as his gorgeous all-American bride. He often spoke tenderly of her even after they were no longer married. Ted was always sweet-natured, open, easy and, as a businessman, supportive of the arts and worthwhile causes.
I just learned from a conversation with my cousin Roula, wife of Gerasimos Tsirimiagos, the host of Alexis Restaurant, that Ted worked in the shipyards back in 1975 and hooked up Jerry with his first job upon arrival in Portland sandblasting ships at a company called FMC. Later, Ted and his brother John worked at Alexis before opening Berbati. When my cousins Theodora (Roula), Alexis and Ilias Bakouros went to Grant High School, Ted was among their first friends there. Ted and Ilias—who died in 2008—remained best friends; Ilias was Ted's best man and godfather to his daughter, Opi. Ted stated in recent days that he had a dream in which he saw Ilias and his late father awaiting him."
—Maria Boyer, WW Account Executive
"He was a good man one of the biggest music fans I have ever met. He built that place and was a huge supoorter of mine and also Tres Shannon when we did the booking for that venue. He will be missed by his family and a lot of friends."
—Anthony Sanchez, Former Berbati's booker
This photo of Papaioannou, by Chris Ho
, was Ted's favorite photo of himself, according to friends.