WATERTOWN, NY — Dino Arvan, 86, of Alexandria Bay, passed away Friday, June 28, 2019, at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Utica.
Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Monday, July 1, from 5 – 8 PM. The funeral mass will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, at St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church with Rev. Philip Yanulis presiding. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery.
Born Nov. 23, 1932, in Thessaloniki, Greece, a son of Peter and Fotini Diamond Arvanitides, he attended school in Greece.
He emigrated to the US in 1952. On March 18, 1953 he entered the US Army. He received the Korean, United Nations and National Defense Service Medals and was honorably discharged on Jan. 7, 1955.
On April 11, 1963, he married Ann Gregor in Watertown.
Dino was the owner and operator of Arcade Shoe Repair, then Dino’s Shoe Service for 64 years.
He was a member of St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church and a former member and president of its Church Council. He is a member of both the American Legion Post 61 and VFW Post 1400. He resided in Watertown from 1952 until the couple moved to Alexandria Bay in 2016.
He enjoyed fishing, boating, and had a love of the St. Lawrence River. But his greatest love was for his family.
Dino is survived by his wife, Ann; five children, Nicholas W., Syracuse, Peter J. and wife Joan, Southport, NC, Thomas D. and wife Judy, Franklin, OH, Tina J. Northrop and husband Travis, Mechanicville, and Peter D. and wife Nancy, Southport, NC; 15 grandchildren and six great grandchildren with one on the way; sister, Ann Arvan, Syracuse; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A sister, Joyce Armatas, died in June 2017.
In lieu of flowers donations in his name may be made to St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 502 Franklin St., Watertown, NY 13601.
Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.