UPDATE: The family requests that remembrances be made:
In Memory of Ted Papaioannou
Providence Portland Medical Foundation
Cancer Research Operations
4805 NE Glisan St.
Portland OR 97213
and also, the funeral service details:
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."
"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."