Filosofos, Teddy
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Teddy Filosofos, 81, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Grand Island, NY, passed away on May 14, 2009, after a lengthy illness. Mr. Filosofos was the Deputy Commissioner of the Board of Elections here in Buffalo, NY prior to his retirement and relocation to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He was active in local politics and was the treasurer of the Democratic Party under the chairmanship of Joseph F. Crangle for many years. He was instrumental in the campaigns of a great number of local politicians in and around Erie County. He was known to many as the man who could make things happen. In 1988, he was chosen to be the Chairman of the Board of Elections and Ethics in Washington, D.C. While there, he was credited with updating the election, records in the nation's capital and putting them on computers to make the elections run more smoothly and professionally, After working at General Motors in Tonawanda for many years, he was selected to be the Deputy Commissioner of Finance for the Erie County Clerk's Office. He worked there until he went to the Board of Elections in 1977. Mr. Filosofos was a member of the VFW Post #9249 on Grand Island. Mr. Filosofos was a member of a number of churches here and in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, especially St. George Orthodox Catholic Church in Buffalo, where he was a founding member and subdeacon of the church. He was a spiritual man and made a pilgrimage to Spruce Island in Kodiak, Alaska to visit St. Herman's Seminary, the first Orthodox Saint in America. He was extremely moved by his visit there and felt the presence and miracles of St. Herman. He spoke of that trip often and always hoped to return. Survived by his wife of 57 years, Jacqueline (Griffith); three children, T. Argerous (Rebecca), Denise and Michael (Cindy); four grandchildren, Wesley Proefrock, Michael, Sevaste and Theo Filosofos; and many nieces and nephews. Family will be present at the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island on Saturday, 2-4 and 7-9 PM and at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1073 Saunders Settlement Road, Niagara Falls, 3-8 PM on Sunday where funeral services will be held on Monday at 10 AM. Memorials to St. Herman's Seminary, 414 Mission Rd., Kodiak, Alaska 99615 or St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church.
Published in the Greater Niagara Newspapers from 5/14/2009 - 5/15/2009