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Spyros (Sam) Vutetakis, 88, passed away on November 27, 2009 in San Diego, CA. He was the son of immigrants, Dimitri and Anthe Vutetakis, originally from the island of Crete and longtime residents of Canton.  He was a veteran of both the Pacific and European theaters of World War II and was a decorated combat infantryman in Patton’s 3rd Army, 71st Division.  He graduated from McKinley High School in 1939 and attended The College of Wooster, then received his MSW at the University of West Virginia.  He was one of the first non-Jewish social workers to work with Holocaust victims at Jewish agencies in Pittsburgh, PA and Albany, NY where he received much praise for his ability to communicate with all he served.  He participated in rallies led by Dr. Martin Luther King and strongly advocated peace, marching even in his eighties.  He held a lifelong commitment to organizations which supported these causes and donated generously.  He lived in Cleveland for 22 years where he worked as a gerontologist and enjoyed weekends at his home on Atwood Lake.  In later years, he helped raise his beloved grandson Spyros, worked at his son’s restaurant in Michigan, wrote poetry and gardened under cloudless San Diego skies with his cat Sprocket.  He became well-known in the community for his kindness to all he encountered, if only in passing.  He is survived by his wife of 58 years Marjorie in San Diego, sons Jim (wife Ruth) of Chardon, OH and George (wife Sara) of San Diego, CA, grandson Spyros of Royal Oak, MI, and sister Irene Laggeris of Canton.  He was recently predeceased by his brother George of Canton and sister Helen Krikos of Columbus. Memorial contributions may be made in the column on the right.

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Obituary in the San Diego Union Tribune

Obituary in the Detroit Free Press

Obituary in the Canton Repository