MORE than 600 people, many from Liverpool’s Greek community, farewelled one of their favourite sons, Lenny Stathis on Monday.
The funeral service was held in the Greek church of St Raphael, built 40 years ago through the tireless work of Mr Stathis and other members of the local Greek community.
Mr Stathis, of Moorebank, who was 75 when he died last Tuesday, lived in Liverpool for more than 60 years since arriving in Australia as a 14-year-old migrant.
But his community work extended well beyond the local Greek community. As a successful businessman he also poured sponsorship money into many local sporting clubs.
He was also a big Bulldogs fan, who knew personally the late Peter “Bullfrog” Moore when he ruled the rugby league club for many years.
Mr Stathis, who was buried in the Greek Orthodox section of Liverpool cemetery, leaves behind his wife Christina, two sons and a daughter and grandchildren.