Demetrios Demetriou, NY Federation Stalwart, is Mourned by Community

 Dimitris Dimitriou, known to all as “J.J.” and one of the one of the most active and longstanding leaders of Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York and of New York’s Greek-American community in general, died Wednesday evening at his home in Astoria. The sudden death plunged into grief his wife Athena, his daughter Elizabeth, and friends and other relatives here and in Greece. He was born in Halkidiki and played a key role in organizing and upgrading the Halkidiki society "Aristotle" and was instrumental in the placement of a statue of Aristotle in Astoria’s Athens Square Park, and in the designation of Halkidiki and New York as sister regions. He was a staunch supporter of Greek Education and great fighter for the promotion of the community’s issues. His contributions to the Federation were enormous, having served as general secretary, vice president and the head of several committees. J.J. was the principle announcer for the Greek Parade on Fifth Avenue, literally putting his booming voice to good use on that special day, and figuratively throughout the year regarding the vital ethnic issues of Macedonia, Cyprus, Northern Epirus, and the Pontian Genocide

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