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on 4 May, 2021 at 11:09pm

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

Mel on 4 May, 2021 at 6:13pm

My Papou was always trying to make us laugh. He loved to joke around, tell crazy stories and do magic tricks. He was also a talented artist. I will remember him every time I look at his painting that is hanging in my house. We never knew him when he was younger, but he was always a caring, generous, funny and entertaining grandpa. I hope I have as much energy and optimism as he did when I'm in my 90s. Once I asked him what his secret was, and he said "Always being cheeky". He's probably causing a ruckus about something in heaven now, and the thought of that makes me smile. We will miss you Papou xoxoxo

Mary on 4 May, 2021 at 11:54am

I have fond memories of Stefanos at the Easter and Christmas gatherings at Irene and Jack's home. There was always a warm welcome from Marika and Stefanos. It was so interesting to hear stories of their youth and of a world long gone.
No meal was complete without bread rolls. Stefanos doted on them! He was a bit of a raconteur telling funny stories and delighted to see us all laugh. He really had a mischievous streak in him unless you said something to annoy him and a steely look came your way. He will be greatly missed.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord. May perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

Tassos on 4 May, 2021 at 11:11am

My fondest memory of my dad was during our family holidays at Philip Island every summer. We looked forward to those trips for months and getting the old gold Kingswood ready for the trip was an adventure in itself. Roof rack packed to the gills (no SUV's back then), I will always remember how excited we all were as we crossed the bridge onto the island. My dad and his 2 brothers were great family men who went above and beyond to give their kids a nice life, good values and the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Now all three of them have passed and an era for the Panas family has ended - I hope they are together again playing Manila.

Irene on 4 May, 2021 at 8:50am

Stefanos was our happy, angry, generous, miserly, optimistic, funny, opinionated, caring, dismissive, hilarious and loving papou, father and husband ... a man of contradictions. We loved him dearly and will miss him terribly. Life won't be the same without him. Rest in Peace now xxx

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