Violet Pavlakis

May 7, 1982November 18, 2018
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Pavlakis, Violet May 7, 1982 – November 18, 2018 Violet passed away Sunday November 18, 2018 surrounded by the love of her family, from complications of cancer that she fought with courage and grace. The cancer never defeated her positive attitude, indomitable spirit and love for life. She was the heart of her close-knit family and her wonderful group of friends and peers. A life long Vancouverite, she was happy traveling to Greece, Cabo and many other destinations and never wanted to miss an opportunity to share in fun and friendship. Before she got home she was already planning her next trip. She will be greatly missed by her parents, Nonda and Kay and her beloved brother John. She also leaves behind her grandparents, her aunts and uncles, cousins, family in Greece and many friends all over the world. Her family wishes to acknowledge the care and comfort given to her by Drs. Fritz, Lavoie, Murray and The entire staff at the BC Cancer Agency and VGH. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 11:00 at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver. The entombment ceremony will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 3789 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the BC Cancer Agency. Condolences and tributes may be sent to the family by visiting


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 27, 2018
  • Committal Service Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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Chloe McKnight

November 29, 2018

“We got to know Violet through her union work and on behalf of all elementary teachers in Vancouver want to express our condolences. Violet was a wonderful support to her colleagues and clearly cared deeply about ensuring the best for both teachers and students in Vancouver.”

Chloë McKnight
Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association - VESTA

Greg Loukas

November 28, 2018

My condolences to the Pavlakis family for their loss. The one thing I always remember when seeing Violet was what a warm, friendly smile she had. She was such a fun and caring person. Someone I truly enjoyed being around. I have many great memories to keep from over the years.

Bill & Matoula Glavas

November 27, 2018

Our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your sweet daughter Violet. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.

Jane Bradbury

November 27, 2018

To the Pavlakis Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Violet was my roommate at Bishop’s University and a great friend. I will always remember the first time I meet Violet and the first thing I noticed was her great smile. Violet always smiled and brought joy in our day. Violet was always (or almost) happy and she was a very positive person. Violet was an amazing person with so many good qualities that when I think of her all I want to do is smile. Violet was caring, generous, a good listener, respectful, helpful and no matter what, I knew I could always count on her. I will always remember our suppers at St-Hubert’s, our trip to Mexico, all the Hockey games we went to see in Drummondville, the incident with the Rat in our apartment, preparing her Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches when she left for her hockey games, our drives to Magog for our stage, her favorite white sweatshirt and black sports pants. Violet loved her family and friends and she respected them so much. I know that this is not an easy time but I am thinking of you and John and I am send you all my love and support.

RIP my friend I will never forget you and I am sure that one day we will meet again xxxx

Amy McGinnis

November 26, 2018

Friends and family of Violet,

I am so sorry for your loss. I went to Bishop’s University with Violet and she is a part of the best memories that I have. She was always up for an adventure and was such a caring and supportive friend. Her laugh was contagious and she always had a smile. I am forever grateful that I got to have Violet as a friend and will cherish those memories. Sending love and support to you all during this difficult time. xoxo

Gary Wells

November 26, 2018

There are no words to lessen the sorrow you all must be feeling for the loss of someone as precious and vibrant as Violet. We wish you comfort and strength at this sad time. Remember, others care greatly and our thoughts are with you. Gary and Sandra Wells.

Rita Louise DAVIES

November 26, 2018

To Violet's Family and Loved Ones - I am so sad for your loss. Be comforted that Violet made a very positive impression in the time she had. There was a lot of laughter; she had a kind and very caring nature. I knew Violet from MacCorkindale School, where she taught for several years. (I was the school secretary there, before I retired in 2014.) She was a lovely person. Full of life, she looked at each day as an adventure on her path to somewhere. Always willing to lend a hand, or try out something new. Totally committed to guide her students to work hard and be their best. I did not get a chance to know her well. We had brief morning chats, when she dashed in, coffee cup in hand, ready to face whatever that day would bring. I did get to know her a little better when we were picketing. She was always very open about her feelings, and did not well tolerate being bored, or at loose ends. Always the instigator of many creative ways to pass the time, telling stories about her travels, and urging others to play card or word games, or go for walks and talks. She injected the tedious picket shifts with laughter, and optimistic hope for the future. I was so saddened to hear of her death. I realize how very difficult it must be, for those of you she was very close to, that are now left only memories. Cherish her spirit and the impact she made in your life, and take comfort that you have your wonderful memories. Violet touched many lives, in ways you may never know.

George Dimacacps

November 25, 2018

My deepest sympathies to family and friends. I will always remember Violet from our days at Bishop's University. She was one of a handful of fellow Greeks who attended the university so when ever we saw each other we made it a point to say hello and naturally talk about Greek food. She insisted that Vancouver had better Greek food than Montreal (which I disagreed), but we both agreed that each city had better Greek food than Toronto. I will always remember he for being witty and enthusiastic about tomorrow. Rest in piece Violet, until we meet again.

Anna Morfidis

November 23, 2018

My dearest sweet Violet, I will forever cherish my memories with you, your cadillac margaritas and infectious laugh and outlook on life! I will never let footprints of the barefoot housecleaner on the carpet bother me (remember how much of a kick you got out of that one??!!) and I will never look at jaimaican patties the same ever again, and whenever I find money in a cab I will forever think of you! Until we meet again, love you ❤️

Jill Lapointe

November 22, 2018

Violet and I were classmates for our post-baccalaureate (PB +15) at David Thompson Secondary.
Never excited to go to night school after teaching all day, I always looked forward to sitting with, and laughing with Violet. Her sense of humour kept me going over our two year program. I send you my sincerest condolences.
Jill Lapointe