October 28, 1944 – March 11, 2020
In Loving Memory of Emmanuel (Mike) Spanakis, 1944 October 28 to 2020 March 11.
Mike was born in the village of Smari, on the Greek Island of Crete, on 28 October 1944. He was the second oldest of 4 children.
He immigrated to Canada in 1965, married in Vancouver, and had 3 loving children (John, Dino and Barbara).
In 1976, the Spanakis family moved from Vancouver to Nanaimo, where Mike opened and ran 5 successful restaurants over the next 37 years. His commitment, charm, and business savvy made him successful in all his business endeavours.
Mike was an avid fisherman, hunter, poet, cook and lover of Greek music and dance. He was fiercely loyal to his friends and family, and very well respected in the communities in which he lived.
He is survived by his 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
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