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   Born on April 4, 1933, in Tzagkinatika, Gimari, a small village just 300 meters rom the place where a few years later he would build his own home.

   Spiros lost his father Thomas when he was just 3 years old.  He drowned in a tragic fishing accident while out in his small boat on the high seas.  His mother Aspasia then had to move the family to a new home in Vlachatika because she was pregnant with her second child, their daughter Thomaidis.

   Although only 7 years old, little Spiro had to work in order to help his mother and younger sister.  He learned his profession as a fisherman from his uncles, who were all tough men of the sea.  At the age of 22 years, he had bought his own boat by working hard, and yet enjoying every moment that life had to offer.

   A natural entertainer who loved to sing, Spiros was always in demand by his friends at their parties and gatherings.   He married at the age of 28 to Mary Magdalene, a perfect wife and mother, and together they have a beautiful family, with their 2 boys, Thomas and Dimitri.

   Magdalene stood beside him throughout all the difficult years and together they fought for a better life for themselves and their children.

   In 1968, tourism started to become the main focus on Corfu and Spiro got his third boat, a bigger one designed for carrying people, and he spent his time carrying tourists and locals around this beautiful area to show them, by sea, what magical places Corfu has to offer. Through all these years he acquired so many friends and is remembered with great affection as "Captain Spiros" or Captain Yamas"

   He was the most well known Captain in these parts and because of his open nature and personality, he was a friend to the wealthiest visitors to the area and was also included, on his boat, in the James Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only, with Roger Moore, but he never let fame go to his head!!!

   He was a special man, very hard and tough, and yet sensitive, welcoming and simple.  He had a great passion for nature, people, feasting, drink and good company, and gave his all to his friends, their families and the people he met throughout his time.

   Sadly, Spiros died on February 19, 1996, but he lives on in the hearts of those who knew him.

   We would like to thank our friends who gave us this video and some photographs to help remember him by, and if any of you have saved any video or pictures, we would be very happy to receive them and to share them with you all.  Doing this was a great pleasure for the entire family and brought back some beautiful old memories, and brought the late Captain Spiro among us again.

His son






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Τελευταία ενημέρωση της τοποθεσίας 19/04/10