An estimated thousand plus London Cypriots paid their final respects to Takis Harmanda, former Sales and Marketing Director, and co-founder of London Greek Radio, on Saturday 17th March 2018.
The funeral service was held at St Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, Trinity Road, Wood Green and officiated by His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios. Takis was later laid to rest at New Southgate Cemetery.
The service was attended by Member of Parliament for Chipping Barnet Theresa Villiers, Mayor of Barnet Council Councillor Brian Salinger, President of EDEK Marinos Sizopoulos and Consul General of the Cyprus High Commission Ioannis Koukoularides.
Speeches were given by Michael Ellinas, George Michaelides, Kyriacos Theodosiou (Brother-in-Law of Takis Harmanda) and Takis’ daughters Loukia and Eleni.
Wreaths were laid by Marinos Sizopoulos (EDEK), Andreas Papaevripides (President of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots and DISY UK), Christos Karaolis (President of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK), Mayor of Kerkyras (Kerkyra Council), George Michaelides (AKEL), Andreas Christoforou (DIKO), Ninos Koumettou (Greek Cypriot Brotherhood), Vasilis Panayi (London Greek Radio), Michael Yiakoumi (Parikiaki Newspaper), Nikos Papadopoulos (Eleftheria Newspaper), Vasilis Mavrou (Famagusta Association), Maria Paschali (Manor Hill and Finchley Greek Schools) and Koumis Michael (Ayios Andronicou Association).
LGR’s Vasili Panayi fought back tears as he laid the wreath from the station and reached out to touch Takis’ coffin as a farewell gesture, as did many others in attendance.
With his wife Katia, Chris was involved in many charities helping and assisting those in need for many years. To continue this legacy, Chris’ family and close friends have founded, ”The Chris Harmanda Foundation” for his memory and his charitable work to continue. The foundation’s only goal will be to ”help less fortunate families during illness.”
Thank you Taki from everyone at LGR; past, present… and future. May you rest in peace.