Philip Straton Stamatakos class of 1981, 52, passed away on April 15, 2016, from complications following cancer surgery. He had taken on the challenge of his diagnosis with a singular courage, fortified by faith and love of family. Phil will forever be remembered for his strength of character, selflessness, loyalty and devotion to family and friends. He led a life of purpose, energy and adventure, and he enriched the lives of all who knew him. Phil made the world a better place. Born in Milwaukee in 1963 to Louis and Bess Stamatakos, Phil was raised in Okemos, Michigan. Phil was a graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Toronto, and the University of Michigan Law School. Phil met his beloved wife Sarah in Ann Arbor in 1989. They married in 1996. Sarah was the one and only love of Phil's life. Together, they had four children and created a loving, warm home. Phil is survived by Sarah and their children, Thomas, Katherine, William and Elizabeth; his mother, Bess; his brothers, Ted (Alyssa) and Tim (Corrin); and six nieces and nephews (Sophia, Alexandra, Andrew, Ryan, Eliana, and J.D.). The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 24, from 12pm to 5pm at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 1025 W. 55th Street, Countryside, immediately followed by the Trisagion service at 5pm. A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 25 at 10:30am at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, 2501 S. Wolf Road, Westchester, immediately followed by an interment at Fairmount Willow Hills Memorial Park, 9100 Archer Avenue, Willow Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke Orthodox Church, 10700 South Keane Avenue, Palos Hills, IL 60465. Funeral Info: 708-352-6500 or hjfunerals.com
Published in Chicago Tribune on Apr. 22, 2016.