Christos Stefanos Panas 24 December, 1923 – 26 April, 2021
24 December, 1923 – 26 April, 2021Click here to view
We were lucky to be your grandchildren in many ways. Your generosity of time, money and gifts will not be forgotten, where you gave for the joy of it and asked nothing in return. We were well and truly spoiled growing up. How many others can say they visited their grandparents at least once a week (and usually much more) for the past 28 years? And being the grandchildren, we got to see a different, softer, lighter side of you where all you did was laugh and see the fun of it all. You always believed that I was the best at everything I did. When I did horse riding, you said I could become a jockey, when I became a teacher you said I could become a principal. You helped me aim high and know my worth. Though we were different in lots of ways, for better or worse your stubbornness, allergies, creativity and love of socialising have all been passed down to me. You are a reminder and an inspiration to stay up to date with technology and keep an open mind in modern times. Perhaps that's how you got to 97. Though teaching you how to use the DVD player, foxtel remote and iPhone was at times tedious, you learnt how to do it and refused to give up. You voted YES in the marriage equality survey, changed to a Labour/Greens voter at the ripe old age of 93 and you became a dog lover at 96. On my first backpacking trip in 2013, I lugged a coffee cup back from Monet's garden in Paris and you drank from it every afternoon since then. You loved to hear stories and see photos of my travels and never told me to stay or settle down. 'You're young, you can do everything now and slow down when you're older'. You had a zest for life and lived passionately, so I know you are happier and at peace now. You knew life is to be lived. So we can remember you, and keep all of those precious memories alive in our minds but we will continue to live and make more memories as I know you would have wanted for us. RIP Papou
He loved to paint and made one for me when I got into Melbourne University, showing me walking through the campus. He also painted my dog Scout, he said she was the only dog he ever put in a painting.
We were fortunate to celebrate many Easter's together, where Papou would trick us all with a fake red egg.