Philip Vacratsis, 78, a long-time resident of Sarnia, ON, passed away peacefully on November 9, 2012 after a long illness.  He will be greatly missed by his wife of 48 years, Nina, and their family; Alexia Harrison and husband John of McKinney, Texas; Georgia Vacratsis of Athens, Greece; and Antigone Vacratsis and husband Scott (Rusty) Jeffrey, of Sarnia, Ontario, and grandchildren, Davis Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Artemis Jeffrey, Jonah Jeffrey and our angel Flower Jeffrey.  Philip was born on September 21, 1934 in Skopia, Greece to Erasmos and Efrosini Vacratsis and was the youngest of 7 children.  He obtained his teaching degree in Greece before he immigrated to Canada in 1955 and attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where he obtained his Bachelor of Sociology.  He met Nina on a return trip to Greece and the two were married in 1964.  Philip spent his life working in the restaurant industry including owning a restaurant for a number of years.  He was an incredible musician and could play any instrument he touched but his voice was his greatest instrument.  He bowled and was an avid golfer.  Attending the 1999 Masters Tournament and hitting the elusive hole-in-one on the 12th hole of his home course, Greenwood Golf Club, were two of his best golf moments.  His Tuesday afternoons at the bowling alley or the golf course with his friends was always a highlight of his week. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at SMITH FAMILY CENTRE, 1576 London Line, Sarnia (across from the funeral home) from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. with prayers being offered at 7:00 p.m.  A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1299 Murphy Road, Sarnia at 10:00 a.m with Rev. Fr. Demetrios Mouselimis officiating. In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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