Van George Diatzikis

November 16, 2018

Van George Diatzikis, 52, passed away on Friday, November 16, 2018.  He was born on April 21, 1966 to George E. Diatzikis and Pitsa Maheras Diatzikis.  Van graduated from Concord High School in 1984 and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from NC State University in 1990.  Immediately following graduation, Van was employed at Carolina Power & Light as an Electrical Engineer.  Later he owned and operated several successful restaurants and most recently was a Sales Consultant for Reinhart Foodservices. 

Van was a life-long, dedicated member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral and a volunteer for Charlotte Soccer Academy, where his son played soccer. He was also involved with the NorthEast Hospital Foundation. 

Van is survived by his wife of 15 years, Voula Maheras Diatzikis and their son, Yiorgo; his parents, George and Pitsa Diatzikis; sister, Anissa Manni and her husband, Scott; mother-in law, Bessie Maheras; sister-in-law, Joanne Euripides and her husband, Gus; brother-in-law, John Maheras; nephews and nieces, Barbara, Elefteria, and Charlie Euripides, George, Dylan, and Genevieve Manni, and many Uncles, Aunts, and Cousins. 

A Trisagion followed by a Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.  The family will receive friends from 10:15 until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the Cathedral. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

 

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  • Michael Creech

    I was so incredibly saddened to hear of Van's passing. I will always remember with great fondness our freshman year at NC State as room mates on campus. He was a wonderful friend, always celebrating the good things that anyone offered. He was so kind to everyone - a model of how to make everyone feel great about themselves. All of my memories with Van are wonderful.

  • Penny Honeycutt

    Mr. and Mrs. Diatzikis, my heart is heavy with sadness for your family. I have many fond memories of your family during my six years at the Red Pig. During those years, I grew to love you all, my “work family.” I still remember Van’s kind smile and the nickname he gave me, “Money Penny.” He continued to wish me Happy Birthday on Facebook by stating my nickname... which he gave me because of the tips I had stacked to exchange for bills. You were especially in my thoughts today during the funeral. I wanted to attend and express my condolences; however, I was sailing on the Mayflower with my Pilgrim kindergarten “friends.” You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers as life moves forward... hugs to you both.

  • Scott and Rika Gould

    Rika and I learned about the passing of our friend Van on Sunday. We were devastated, shocked and deeply saddened.
    We always looked forward to seeing him on Wednesday when he stopped by the restaurant for our order.
    Our hearts are filled with pain for Voula and Yiorgo and all of the family and friends that loved Van so much.
    He will be deeply missed by all. We wish we could have attended the funereal but were not aware of the arrangements until it was to late.
    Our deepest apologies and regrets we were unable to say goodbye to our friend and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Catherine E Richards

    OHHH heart-breaking! What a sweet guy; never saw him without a smile on his face. Praying for comfort and peace for his precious family.

  • Susan Slade

    I was so sorry to hear about Van. I knew him in high school and remember him as a person that everyone liked. He had kind eyes and caring ways, even as a young man. I hope that the peace of Christ will be with your family during this difficult time. May it comfort each of you to know that Van has touched so many lives over the course of his life and this will be a permanent and lasting effect. I feel blessed to have known him.

  • Haido Pourlos

    Dear Voula and Giorgo, our deepest condolences to you on the sudden death of Van, a wonderful, caring and dear friend, we are saddened that he is not with us anymore. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all and may God give you strength and comfort to deal with your loss and pain.
    May his memory be eternal. We love you.
    Steve and Haido Pourlos

  • Heather Mandanis

    To George and Pitsa, I just heard about Van. I am so sorry to hear the news. I wish I were closer so I could help you with anything. I wish I could come to the funeral but I am not able to get a ride. ZOI SE SAS!!! May His Memory Be Eternal!!! I Love You both! Heather Mandanis

  • Kristy Kennedy

    I’m so sorry and heartbroken to hear about Van’s passing. We were classmates at Concord High. Van was kind, smart and so well liked. The Class of 1984 lost a good one. To Van’s family - Please know that you are being remembered in my thoughts and included in my prayers, during this exceptionally difficult and tragic time. May God bless you and hold you close.

  • Dianne Creel

    So very saddened to hear this news George & Pitsa regarding your son. God's Eternal Home has gained another earthly angel. I can still remember him as a young fellow during his Red Pig youth days. Always so kind and always adorning a loving smile. May all be comforted by God's love. May all be strengthened during this time by God's strength and may all be wrapped tightly with God's grace, mercy and peace. Extending my deepest and heartfelt sympathy and keeping all in my prayers.

  • Pat and Barbara Padgett

    We were shocked and saddened to see Van's obituary in the paper today.. Our deepest sympathy and love go out to you.. NotHing can Be harder than losing a child.

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