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IN MEMORIAM AHEPA Mourns Passing of WWII Vet, PSP Cleo Zambetis AHEPA mourned the passing of Past Supreme President Cleo N. Zambetis, Youngstown, Ohio, who died July 18, 2013. "Brother Zambetis was an upstanding Ahepan and a pillar of strength for the Greek American community, especially in Youngstown," then Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides said. Born November 23, 1925, Brother Cleo's journey in America began as a small boy who traveled with his mother from the island of Samos, Greece and ended leaving a great legacy of leadership and service. He was surrounded by his loving and supportive wife of 64 years, Faye Arfaras Zambetis, and his daughters, Kathy Conrad and Tulla Zambetis. A great champion of Hellenism, Cleo emerged as a leader early on while serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1946 for injuries sustained during a Japanese Kamikaze suicide attack on his ship in the waters off Okinawa on April 2, 1945. A 1943 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, Cleo was a founding member and Godfather of Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in his beloved hometown of Campbell, Ohio, which was founded in 1954. His lifelong stewardship in the church also includes membership at St. John the Forerunner Church in Boardman, Ohio, where he has served on the Parish Council Board of Directors. He was named an Archon with the title Megas Referandarios by His All Holiness the late Ecumenical 3 | THE AHEPAN · Fall 2013 Patriarch Demetrios I in 1985. Next to God and his family, Cleo's most cherished affiliation was with the Order of AHEPA. Little did he know that when he was initiated into Youngstown Lincoln Chapter 89 in 1960 that he would go on to serve the fraternal organization for some 50 years, culminating in 1984 when he was elected Supreme President unanimously by the delegates at the National Convention in Miami Beach, Fla. He was the first Ahepan from Ohio to be elected Supreme President. During his tenure, he traveled extensively throughout the United States and Greece, having met with world leaders and dignitaries in the cause of service to Hellenic ideals and with accomplishments. In addition, Cleo proudly led the $3.9 million construction of AHEPA 89 Apartments in Boardman, Ohio, to accomplish his dream of bringing a home for the elderly to the Mahoning Valley. A successful entrepreneur and businessman, Mr. Zambetis founded CAMCO Painting Service which he steered as its CEO for over 50 years, providing accomplished commercial, industrial, and electrical utility painting services. He also served as Past President of the Mahoning and Trumbull County Painting and Decorating Trade Association. Additionally, he was a Master Mason member and a member of the Youngstown Shrine Club. Two ANHC Directors, Past Director Pass Away The AHEPA National Housing Corp. has lost three of its Board of Directors in recent time. John Patramanis of the Des Moines Iowa chapter where he had served as treasurer and then assumed the presidency of the AHEPA 192 Apartments in Johnston passed on June 30, 2013. Brother John was elected as Ahepan of the Year for District 14. As a Board member, he served on the Executive Committee as the Finance Department head as well as on several other committees. He was admired by his peers as a gentle, thoughtful and insightful person. He was involved in many of the important aspects of the corporation's work, providing wise counsel. He was a graduate of Coe College, attended one year of law school at University of Iowa and received a Master's Degree in Economics from Drake University, which knowledge he utilized on the Board and in his 37-year employment for the State of Iowa. He also served as president of his church. PSP Cleo Zambetis passed away on July 18th in Youngstown, Ohio. (His obituary is found on this page.) Cleo spearheaded the application process and the building of the resultant property in Boardman, Ohio, realizing his dream. He became its president and thus a director of ANHC. He served until illness caused him to turn over the reins. Cleo was indeed one of the pioneers in the development and growth of ANHC. William Lucas developed the property in Haverhill, Mass., and served as its president for many years. He was a pharmacist and owned his own business. He thus proudly served his community's physical needs and provided shelter for his elderly, low-income fellow citizens. Due to circumstances, Brother Lucas was not as involved in ANHC affairs but maintained his property and his involvement in the community. He passed on May 30 at 95 years. Brother Lucas as the head of the AHEPA 39 Apartments was also an early pioneer and added to ANHC's growth and expansion in the area.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - Fall 2013

President's Message
AHEPA Family News
Orlando Provides A "Universal" Blast!
Remembering Dawson
The Periclean
Civic Responsibility
AHEPA Family Chapter News
In Memoriam

The AHEPAN - Fall 2013