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Greek-American Philanthropist Ted Spyropoulos Passes

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Greek-American philanthropist Ted Spyropoulos has passed away.

Spyropoulos was a pillar in the Greek-American community and supported numerous efforts over the span of his life. He was born in Kalavryta, Greece before immigrating to Chicago, Illinois in 1964.

The Greek-American served as the president of T.G.S. National Wholesalers, T.G.S. Petroleum Co., Inc., A & T Oil Company and Can2 International Manufacturing and Marketing. He was the "Plants Your Roots in Greece, Inc." President and strongly advocated for Hellenic environmental awareness.

Spyropoulos held many numerous roles in the Greek and Greek-American communities including the first presidency of the Hellenic American National Council USA and as the president of ENOSIS of the Hellenic American Organizations of Illinois, among others. He currently reigned as the American Hellenic Institute's Board Vice Chairman.

American Hellenic Institute founder Gene Rossides offered the following words concerning Spyropoulos' death, "Ted Spyropoulos was an extraordinary Hellene...Ted's passing leaves a tremendous void in the Diaspora. I admired his passion for Hellenism and his unselfish work on behalf of Hellenic causes. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with his family", as stated on its website.

AHI President Nick Larigakis added, "Ted Spyropoulos will always be remembered fondly by the American Hellenic Institute and its members for his unwavering devotion not just to AHI, but to any and all Hellenic organizations that shared his passion for Hellenism...Ted thrived on championing Hellenic issues, promoting the values of education, and preserving the Greek language, and we owe it to him to keep his passion alive. He left an indelible mark on the community. May his memory be eternal".