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In Memoriam: Archon Alex G. Spanos

Dear Brother Archons,

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Alex G. Spanos, Archon Depoutatos and beloved father of Archon Dean, Dea Berberian, Alexis Ruhl and Archon Michael Spanos fell asleep in the Lord on October 9, 2018. 

Eternal be the memory of Alex Spanos….

Anthony J. Limberakis, MD

Archon Aktouarios

National Commander

A message from the Spanos family is as follows:


From humble beginnings to becoming the top apartment builder across the nation and the owner of an NFL franchise, Alex proved that dreams do come true.  Alex was the embodiment of the American dream and leaves behind a legacy of passion and hard work. Born the son of Greek immigrants in 1923, Alex’s tireless work ethic and fearlessness was instilled in him when at only eight years old, he began working in his father’s bakery before and after school. A tough upbringing coupled with the unshakable belief that he could accomplish anything he set his mind to drove him to succeed and overcome countless obstacles.

Aside from being a celebrated businessman and generous philanthropist, Alex’s greatest joy and source of pride was his family. His beloved wife Faye, his four children, his 15 grandchildren and his 12 great-grandchildren always came first. Throughout Alex’s life, Faye, his wife of nearly 70 years, was his rock and inspiration. It was Faye’s unconditional love and support that gave him the strength and peace of mind to take risks and pursue his goals unfettered. Together they contributed generously to worthy causes and charities. Hospitals, universities, scholarship funds, youth programs, sports programs, churches, schools – all were recipients of their incredible generosity.

Through it all, Alex never forgot his roots and took immense pride in both his Hellenic heritage and Greek Orthodox faith. It was through that faith he learned compassion and empathy. Whenever he was called upon to help, he always delivered. Passionate about education, helping the underprivileged and enabling those with a dream to better their lives, he took pride in setting an example for others to follow.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 6:00pm–6:30pm

Service for the Trisagion/Memorial Prayers

Saint Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church

920 West March Lane

Stockton, CA 95207

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 9:30am–10:30am

The Funeral Service

Saint Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church

920 West March Lane

Stockton, CA 95207

Donations in lieu of flowers, may be made to one of the following charitable institutions:          

Stockton Scholars Endowed Fund at UOP

Mail to:

University of the Pacific

Attention: University Development/Stockton Scholars Endowed Fund

3601 Pacific Avenue

Stockton, CA 95211

St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center

Mail to:

Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco

245 Valencia Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

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