Constantine Georgiadis

May 1, 1929January 6, 2021

Dr. CONSTANTINE GEORGIADIS “Costas”, PhD Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, McMaster University May 1st, 1929 – January 6th, 2021

On January 6th, 2021 in his 92nd year, Costas peacefully passed away from natural causes with his family by his side, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. Devoted and loved husband, father, grandfather, friend, philosopher, mentor, teacher, author, and poet. Survived by Tania, his life-long, loving wife of 68 years, his children Alex Georgiadis (Heidi), Dr. Nina Georgiadis (Nic), grandchildren Austin Garrick, Vincent Garrick, Tania Garrick, and great-grandchildren Cassidy and Nina. Costas was predeceased by his parents and younger brother, and survived by his sister and family in Cyprus, Greece, and Australia. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, raised there and in Cyprus and Greece, Costas was educated at The University of Warsaw in Poland, where he and Tania met and had children, and then relocated to London, England where he got his PhD of Philosophy at The University of London. He settled in Hamilton, Ontario to join the Philosophy department as a Full Professor of Philosophy at McMaster University in 1967. Much loved by his students, he retired after three decades but continued to give talks, lectures, mentor students, and produce numerous publications in both English and Greek. His academic career was focused on Greek Philosophy, especially the works of Aristotle and Plato. A true lover of the arts, Costas’ work often centered on aesthetics, poetry, and art. An unpublished 2009 poem of his “A Real Hero” became the basis for the hit movie song of the same name, written by his grandson and used as the main theme of the Oscar Nominated 2011 film “Drive”. In the original poem Costas coined the now popular phrase “a real human being and a real hero” and inspired the tagline of the film’s poster “Some Heroes Are Real”. An incredibly humble man in life, he would never have used those words of his to describe himself, but to those who knew the kind man he was, fully devoted to his loved ones and his work, Costas truly was a real human being and a real hero. A celebration of life event will be held once restrictions are lifted. A private funeral service will be held at 1pm on Wednesday January 13th, 2021. Interment to follow at Woodland Cemetery in Burlington where Costas will be laid to rest. Due to restrictions, the service will be livestreamed at 1pm through the link included in his obituary on the Marlatt Dundas Funeral Home website


  • Private Funeral Service

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021



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Inga Hitchcock

January 13, 2021

Dear Tania, it was so sad to hear about Costas's death. My deepest condolenses to you and all your children and grandchildren.

It has been a great peasure to know both of you. Costas will forever remain in my mind as a wonderful person - so kind, so friendly, so hospitable, such a wonderful interlocutor. He had amazing passion for art, for literrature and first of all for philosophy. He had so many interesting personal stories to tell and to share. You were such a lovely couple. I will never forget the times I had the privilege of spending with you both. My heart is with you.
Your Inga

Jon James Garrick Atyeo

January 13, 2021

Love you Grandpa Costas. 🙏🏽🙏🏽
Thank you for being a guiding light and pillar of wisdom throughout our lives.
Can't express the love and appreciation enough. Thank you for being there for me and us since the beginning
Love you forever ❤️

Sarah Atyeo

January 13, 2021

Grandpa Costas was so kind. I'll never forget how he enchanted us as children, disguised as Santa. I recall dinners at my auntie's house during which he would say some of the most insightful things. He had an ability to put thought and feeling of the human experience into words in a way that would made everyone around quiet down a listen. He will be missed dearly, my thoughts and prayers go out to the Georgiadis family and to those whos lives he touched in his lifetime.

Eleni Hapidou

January 13, 2021

Dr. Georgiades was a gentle giant of a person! It was always a pleasure meeting with him, talking about Cyprus, and learning about his activism about preserving the Cyprus heritage after the Turkish invasion and subsequent destruction or selling of many cultural and religious relics. Dr. Georgiades looked like Makarios! Dr. Georgiades also recommended his wife Tanya as a real estate agent to us which led to her recommending someone else as she had stopped practicing by the time we were ready to buy a house. Hence, he is indirectly connected to the purchase of our first house. We send our condolences to the family and we pray for his soul to rest in peace. We are saddened by his passing.

Mary Demetriou

January 13, 2021

Costa you were not just an uncle to me. You were more of a second father and best friend. Thank you for all those things you and Tania offered me for 9 months. Food and shelter, but above all, kindness love and understanding. You have been the most honest and nicest man I have ever met. I wii always hold you tight in my heart.

Dearest Tania, Alex and Nina my thoughts are with you.
The whole family from Cyprus and Greece send their deepest sympathy.

Your niece

Gary Warner

January 13, 2021

I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Costas, a man whom Joy and I both loved and admired. He was an accomplished Philosophy scholar and a kind, gentle man, with a good sense of humour. I first met Costas in the summer of 1967 at a reception for new incoming faculty members at McMaster University. Our first child had her first bath as a baby at their home in 1969 (thanks Tania!). We lived nearby and for many years played bridge together. We have many fond memories of Costas and Tania. Our heartfelt condolences to Tania, Alex and Nina and all the family. May Costas rest in peace.

Nina Georgiadis

January 13, 2021

My beloved brother Costa ( or Dino as I used to call you)
You left, but you will always be near me, in my thoughts and especially in my heart. What shall I remember first? Your love and care in whatever would make me happy, your kindness....
My dearest brother I wish you a pleasant journey to this other world, where our parents and brother Nicolas will welcome you with open arms.

My thoughts are with you Tania, Alex and Nina.

Goodbye my brother.

Alexander Georgiadis

January 12, 2021

Any appreciations that I might write of my father's great qualities will surely be seen as an understatement by those that knew him. Dad was a truly magnanimous personality. As others have pointed out, dad's kindness and personalism were his most endearing qualities.

His loyalty to those he loved and his steady forbearance and dependability through the travails of outrageous fortune carried mom, his children, his grand children, and great grand children through all tribulations. Dad's noble character always provided the example for us to aspire to. His honesty was impeccable. He never lied, even when expediency was a pressing option.

That fundamental truthfulness sprung from the essential internal mission of dad's life: dad was a seeker of The Absolute Truth. His search for The Absolute Truth was not showy or superficial. It was deeply embedded in the core of his being. He was born to seek it out.

Dad never subscribed to any particular dogma. He was truly a free thinker. And when he thought, he thought deeply. His absorption in deep thought had the endearing by-product of making dad the quintessential "absent minded professor". Dad never learned to drive, use a computer or fix things around the house. Such things are too distracting for those whose mind resides on a higher plane.

Dad's life search for the highest truth and meaning of life started with an agnostic, purely materialistic empirical approach. Gradually it transformed into a deeply spiritual search. I believe that dad's search bore fruition. Through God's grace he has attained the heavenly realm.  

Sula Antiochou

January 11, 2021

I am very saddened with Kostas passing
I met him in Toronto in our phylosophy discussion group the spititual
group as he used to say
We used to meet once a month and everyone was eagerly waiting for him
He was a great teacher and great influence in my life and in my thinking
A kind and spirited man who made everyone in our group feel special
I would always cherrish the discussions we had
He is going to be greatly missed by all of us and I would like to send my sincere condolences to his family
He is going to be in our harts forever

Emilio Leuzzi

January 11, 2021

We are very saddened to read the news of Costa's passing. Costa was a patient who was always kind, knowledgeable and friendly. It was such a pleasure getting to know him, his daughter Nina and grandson Vincent. Our sincerest condolences to the family.
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