John K. Vafiadis

March 10, 2023
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John Vafiadis Obituary

John (Yianni) K. Vafiadis 84 of Philadelphia, PA passed away on March 10, 2023. John is survived by his wife Argetta (Giannoumis), his children Costas and Joan Vafiadis, Andreas and Eleni Vafiadis, Markela and Christos Sourovelis, and Anna and Thomas Kerasinis. Also survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren Pete Sourovelis -Kristin (Christos, Victoria, Markela), Angela and David Interiano (Joaquin Isabella, Olivia, Jimena, Melanie), Jonathan and Tina Vafiadis, Arieta and Jonathan Torres (Ariana), George Kerasinis-Megan (Thomas, Caydence, James), Maria and Mark Malusa (Scarlett, Natalya), Alexis Vafiadis- Justin (Anthony, William, Joseph), Yianni Sourovelis-Nicole (David), Noel and William Hibbs (Athena, Liam), Yianni Vafiadis-Katie (Adrianna), Jessica and Eddie Metzger, Nicholas Vafiadis, Tiffany Sourovelis, David Vafiadis, and Aristides Vafiadis.

He is also survived by his sister Angeliko Doulis (Petro) and many nephews, nieces and goddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his parents Kostantinos and Markella Vafiadis, 3 siblings, and great-grandson Anthony Miller.

John was born in Chios, Greece on August 22, 1938. At the age of 14 he had left his home to work on the ships to support his family. He had worked for many years until the late 50’s were he settled in NYC. He later found the love of his life and they married on September 4, 1960. They then had 4 children and eventually moved to Philadelphia, PA to be closer to his wife’s family.

John was a restaurateur for many years. He retired at the age of 62 and did many trips to Greece, Las Vegas, and Florida. He enjoyed going to the Casinos and especially spending time with his family which was his world. He enjoyed his garden, hunting and watching TV.

Family and friends are invited to his viewing Wednesday March 15, 2023, 10:00 – 11:30am followed by Church Services: Evangelismos Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church 6501 Bustleton Ave Philadelphia Pa 19149. His Interment will follow at Lawnview Cemetery Rockledge PA.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in the memory of John Vafiadis to Shriners Hospital for Children or Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).


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March 15, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Evangelismos Tis Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church
6501 Bustleton Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19149

Funeral Service
March 15, 2023

11:30 AM
Evangelismos Tis Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church
6501 Bustleton Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19149

Interment following funeral service
March 15, 2023

Lawnview Cemetery
500 Huntingdon Pike
Rockledge, PA 19046


Shriners Hospitals for Children
2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa FL 33607
Tel: 1-855-401-4897

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3401 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia PA 19104


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