February 21, 1931June 26, 2011

ALIPHTIRAS, Demetre (Jim the Greek), Born February 21, 1931 in Greece. Passed away peacefully on June 26, 2011 in V.G.H. surrounded by his loving family. He will be sadly missed by his family; wife Antonia, sons Ari (Georgia), George. Grandchildren Demetra and Anthony. Demetre will also be missed by other relatives and friends in Canada and Greece. From the age of 16 Demetre learned the skills to become a well respected finishing carpenter. Family and carpentry were his life-long passions. Prayers will be held on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 at 7:00 pm at St. George's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver. Where a funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 30th at 11:15 am. Reverend Demetrios Partsafas offiating. Burial to follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Burnaby. Condolences and tributes may be sent to the family by visiting

Arrangements under the direction of Mount Pleasant Funeral Home, Vancouver, BC.


  • Prayer Service Wednesday, June 29, 2011
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 30, 2011


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July 8, 2011

Thea, Ari, and George,

All of our love and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Theo will forever be in our hearts and we’ll always cherish the happy times we spent together, especially over the holidays. We appreciate all of his time and help with renovating our home and the advice he gave for making things perfect. We love you Theo, and promise to always look out for Thea. May you rest in peace.

Love, Joanna, Peter, Nastasia and Sophia.

Peter Papamichael

June 30, 2011

I will always remember "Kirie Jimmy" as a kind man who took great pride in his craftsmanship. He had a good life, gave much, and raised a family he could be proud of. May his memory live on in all of us blessed enough to know him.

Peter MacPhee

June 29, 2011

Antonia, Ari, George and family, I am very sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing – he was always “Jimmy” to us at Artek on 6th Avenue. I remember how proud he was to bring both Ari and George, as boys, in to the office and felt his strong sense of family extended to us in the company.
Andy Walter once said, “Jimmy has hands of gold.” He had learned his trade well and was a master at his craft. He maintained a very high standard in all he did. I treasured my personal interaction with him as well.

We would always speak on New Years Day. I will miss those conversations now but want you to know of the tremendous respect I felt for the life he had lived. It was a great privilege to have known him.

Aliftiras Family

June 29, 2011

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Alphtiras family. Please know in your time of need that we will always be there for you.

Bill Penz

June 29, 2011

Dear Aliphtiras Family,
Please receive our most heartfelt condolences with the death of Demetre. It was an honor to know him through you Ari. He fathered two amazing boys who grew to be two impressive men. He touched many lives and left the world a better place. Our love to you Antonia, Ari (and Georgia) and George.
Alexander, Nicholas, Michelle and Bill

Helen Sipsas

June 29, 2011

Dear Thia, Ari and George,

You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and we send you our love and hugs. I found this poem and wanted to share it with you:

When a person you love passes away
Look to the night sky on a clear day.
The star that to you, appears to be bright,
Will be your loved one,
Looking upon you during the night.
The lights of heaven are what shows through
As your loved one watches all that you do.
When you feel lonely for the one that you love,
Look to the Heavens in the night sky above.
(Author Unknown)

With deepest sympathy,
Helen and Chris Sipsas and Graham Clack

Miro Tomas

June 29, 2011

Demetre Family,

Our heartfelt condolences go out to your family.

Susan Porteous

June 28, 2011

Dear Antonia and family, we were very sad to see that Demetre had died. We have many fond memories of him doing projects with my dad, John. Well, Demetre did the work while John handed him things! Demetre was the finest carpenter and a good man.
Regards from your former neighbors, Susan, George Ben and Cameron Porteous

Tina Mantas

June 28, 2011

Ari, Georgia, Demetra, and Anthony,
You have our deepest sympathy on the death of your loving father/grandfather. May God bless you all in this time of need.
Love Always Your Koumbaree,
Jim, Tina, Stefano and Amalia