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Mount Pleasant Universal Funeral Home

306 East 11th Ave, Vancouver, BC

OBITUARY

Anastasios Chassomeris

June 16, 1939June 24, 2020

Anastasios Chassomeris was born on June 16, 1939 and passed away on June 24, 2020 and is under the care of Mount Pleasant Universal Funeral Home.

Funeral Service will be held on July 2, 2020 at 1:00 pm at St. Georges Greek Orthodox, 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver, BC. Committal Service will be held on July 2, 2020 at 2:30 pm at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 3789 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby, BC.

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Services

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

Memories

Anastasios Chassomeris

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Biography

Born on May 16,1939 in Lykeon, Arcadia, Greece, Tasos was the son of Ioannis and Maria Chassomeris, and brother to Christina, Georgia and Evangelia.

As a child, he experienced the struggles of World War 2 and later the Greek Civil war. At a very young age, he left his home for Athens to shine shoes on the streets and sent his earnings back to his family. It was on the streets of Athens he got his “Education”, as he would call it.

In the early '60s he served in the Army and was sent to Cyprus. Tasos always enjoyed reminiscing about his time in the Army and his adventures in Cyprus.

In the early '70s, it was in Petroupoli where he met his wife Maria through his sister Christina. Only a few weeks after meeting, Tasos and Maria left for Canada to start a new life together.

In 1973, Tasos and Maria got married and lived in Vancouver, Canada.

Throughout the early years in Canada, both he and his wife worked endless hours at various places. Eventually, All the hard work paid off and they later left Vancouver and moved to Haney, Maple Ridge. There he became the co-owner of “Electra Pizza”.

However, Tasos had bigger dreams and after a few years in Haney, they left for Squamish, B.C.

In 1981, he created his vision, and from the ground up, built and opened the legendary “VERA CRUZ” restaurant in the Garibaldi Highlands. Tasos loved his customers and they loved the delicious food and his generous hospitality. Both he and his wife treated the staff like family and built strong relationships within the community of Squamish.

At the same time, Tasos never stopped supporting his parents in Greece.

It was a proud moment for him when he finally flew his parents to visit Canada. While always remembering the worst times and conditions of the 1940s (“Ta Saránta” as he would always say to his kids) Tasos was now able to show his father the success he accomplished with his wife.

After retiring and later moving to Vancouver, it was his passion for the restaurant business that drove him to return back to Squamish in 1994. There, they re-opened the restaurant, until they finally retired in Vancouver in 1999.

It was then Tasos started to become ill and began losing his eye vision. Eventually he became blind and would suffer other health issues that worsen over the years.

On June 24th, 2020, Tasos passed away peacefully leaving behind his wife Maria, his sons John and Theo, his daughter-in-laws Graziana and Panorea, and his four granddaughters, Sofia, Anastasia, Athena and Katerina.

Tasos loved his family very much. He was always generous to others and grateful to those that helped him through his life's journey. He loved making people laugh and loved entertaining them with stories from his past. Along with his love for Greek music (Giorgos Margaritis was his favourite singer) and Greek soccer (he was an Olympiakos fan), he loved his red wine, dark chocolate, and of course, his wife's amazing cooking!

May his memory be eternal.

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