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  1. Doug Baker

    What an absolutely wonderful tribute to an obviously great and inspiring man! Sorry for your loss and thanks for sharing your bio at such a difficult time.

  2. Susan Murray

    George,
    Thank you for sharing this story. I hope that writing this helps you heal and reflect on the amazing person that IS your dad. As someone who was blessed to have a dad like that as well, this loss, even at 82, is heartbreaking.
    It is these stories and memories that will bring both laughter and tears, joy and sadness and help sustain the power of your dad in your lives.

    God Bless,
    Susan

  3. George this is such a loving story. I wish you and your family the strength of that love to support you through your loss. Have yet to meet you but my heart and thoughts are will you.

  4. Stephen Ransom

    George, you father certainly left a wonderful legacy and lives on in all of you. It’s so very hard and sad to lose someone you love, not to mention a parent. Thanks for sharing this with everyone. It is a lovely tribute to his life and influence.

  5. George,
    My best to you, Alec and the entire Couros family. Your post here is a great reminder to dads everywhere of the impact we have on our children. My guess is that you have inspired many dads to not “do anything half way” and in doing so, passed on the legacy of your dad.

    Thanks for sharing so much of yourself here and may your family grieve and heal accordingly.

    Tony

  6. Geroge – I regularly follow your blog even though I am not an educator. I have two boys of my own and find your posts on education and teaching very important and inspiring. Keep up the great work! As for your post today, it is incredibly touching. It sure sounds like your father was a great man and father. I am sorry for your sudden loss and will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. George, I first met you and Alec during your on line presentation at RSCON3, comparing a school to your father’s restaurant. It was obvious then, as it is now how incredible your father was. I have since met you both F2F and your passion for what you do clearly shines through. You are both very much your father’s sons. While your father is no longer with your physically his love, and passion will always remain with in your heart. I’m thinking about you and your family during this very difficult time.

  8. George, my thoughts are with you during this difficult time. You have eloquently reminded us how important our parents are, and how they so profoundly affect us. My parents are not educators, yet I continue to learn life’s most important lessons from them. This post is such a wonderful reflection – your Dad is undoubtedly proud of you.

  9. Jen Hollman

    George, so very sorry to hear of your loss. What a touching tribute to your father. Thank you for sharing all the wonderful memories of you and your family. My thoughts are with you.

  10. John Meagher

    Brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing the influence of an obviously deeply loving and proud man.

  11. What a great picture of a man so full of life and love… It sounds like he was an icon. You can’t help but feel as though an era has passed when someone of that stature moves on. He was quite a role model for you, but it sounds like you were a role model for him as well. Prayers for you and your family as you come to terms with such a substantial loss…

  12. B Schellenberg

    Memories. No one can take that from you. Cherish them. Always. You are in my thoughts.

  13. Dimitra Katsiris-Kokkonas

    An amazing tribute to your father! Thank you for sharing this story with all of us, at such a difficult time in your life. Our most sincere condolences, especially from my parents (Ted and Marina Katsiris~Greece), who have only kind words for their koubaro. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  14. I can only imagine what a difficult time this is for you and your family. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Your stories of your Dad still are clear in my mind and I feel your loss. Virtual hugs.

  15. Jordan Litke

    I only met your Dad once, very briefly, but never forgot those hands! I’m truly sorry for your loss. My condolences.
    Jordan

  16. I did not have the privilege of knowing your Father but the world is better because of who he was, May the wonderful memories of this giant sustain you now and all the days to come.
    Sal Tagliareni

  17. Touching George- celebrate his life with your memories. You have a gift for sharing your life’s story. Don’t ever let it be silenced. Dave from NJ

  18. Nancy Shaw

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your know, parents have a strange way of teaching us what matters in life. Thank you for taking the time to share what could have been a private story on your blog. May these good memories bring you, your mom and your family peace.

  19. Donna

    Oh George, such a heart warming story. My dad owned a small business directly across the street from Mario’s restaurant and so growing up with a respect for small business we often dined there. I remember AMAZING food. Greek ribs, pizza, orzo soup, baklava, and the list goes on. I remember most often that when we were nearly done eating your dad would come to our table and talk to us. At the ripe age of 6 I remember your dad as a GIANT man. He always had a huge smile on his face and would joke with me and try to shake my hand. My wee mitt would be completely buried in the monstrosity of your dad’s bear hands. I also remember he always wore a gold bracelett. Such a classy guy!
    Later in life I got a job at Mario’s and the menu still oozed the essence of your dad. Why change a good thing, right? What a legacy. He showed his love for so many people by feeding them amazing food. Now the restaurant is long gone, but to this day, my mom and I are still on the search for “Mario’s pizza”. (or even a reasonable facsimile)
    Take care George. Hope this helps a little.
    Donna (Lieffers) Durocher

  20. Anastasia Poulis

    George, I just read this aloud to my husband as tears rolled down my face. The crazy thing is, we all feel like we knew your dad as our dads have had similar experiences- little education, immigrants from Greece, working diligently for their families. As there are no words to provide that will ease the pain, we just hope that his memory continues to light your path. Thank you for sharing.

  21. H. Leon (@haleon)

    George,
    Your blog post on your father is inspirational and emotional. I follow your blog and look up to your success. You are surely a reflection of your dad. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  22. George:

    What gifts your dad gave you. Thanks so much for sharing him with all of us, and I’m so glad you got that last chance to tell one another “I love you”. And I think you’re right, he is probably reading the blog.

  23. George your first tweet about your dad took be back to being a 16 year old and losing my own father. It was an instant pang to my heart though almost 20 years has past. I don’t imagine anyone is ever ready to lose a parent, regardless of their age. My father was a superhero to me and like your father was not afforded the education opportunities we take for granted. As the eldest of 7 he left school at a young age and worked to support the family financially.
    I admire your courage to write and share your story and wish you and your family the time and space to cherish his stories.

  24. Jennifer

    George,
    Thank you for sharing yourself, even in this most difficult times. My thoughts and tears are with you.
    Jennifer

  25. louisa

    George , I heard about your dad and I just wanted to send you my deepest sympathies, we have not spoke in some time but I felt I had to send you my thoughts and prayers. As a person who lost her father and mentor I know how incredibly painful this all can be. The pain eases and the happy memories flood in and fill that dark space with light and love

  26. I know some cannot relate to this, for they had no one like Mario. This is a hero, and you are blessed to call him “dad.” His life shall live on through his family. Love to you and all whom Mario cared for. Peace, Rose West

  27. Barry Deditch

    George, you don’t know me, but I knew Michael very well. Your dad was a wonderful person. I am so sorry about his passing.

  28. George,
    I’m so sorry for your loss, but so happy that you had this wonderful life with your Dad. Your post is a reminder of the importance of family – thank you.
    Brenda

  29. Tina Giannopoulos

    I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I know this is a very sad and difficult time for you and your family. Being the child of Greek parents who also came to Canada to begin a new life for their children, I can relate to the wonderful story you have told here about your dad. He must have been such an inspiration to all of you.

  30. Hey buddy. I know we have chatted already but I just want to let you know that tonight I raise a glass to Mr Couros and the Couros family. I wish I could have met him but I am sure I have through all the chats I have had with you and your brother. This is a beautiful tribute. The emails and messages that your dad wrote to you sums up so much of what we need to do as parents and teachers – meet our kids were they, support them and tell them how much we care.

    Love ya brotha. Beautiful tribute to an amazing man. Here’s to you, Mr Mario Couros.

  31. Leah Whitford

    George, what a beautifully heartfelt tribute to your father. I have no doubt that he is proud of you- the boy you were and the man you have become. He was a wonderful role model and the love and affection you shared as a family come through so clearly. Thinking of you, my friend.

  32. George,

    I’m so, so sorry. Since I first saw you present, it was obvious you loved your father immensely, and he was a huge influence in your life. I’m sorry that such a wonderful man is no longer with you.

    Thank you for sharing what your father meant to you. It was beautiful.

    Regards,
    Adam

  33. Thank you George for sharing these moments; I sincerely hope the writing has brought you some inner peace. It is never an easy moment. My best wishes to you and family, may you become stronger together.

  34. Thank you for sharing, George. As blessed as you feel to have such an amazing man in your life, someone who makes you proud, someone who grounds you, someone who loves you for who you are, I am certain your father felt (and continues to feel) the same way. You are a part of him, and he will always be a part of you.

  35. George,
    I was fortunate enough to have met your dad, and enjoyed his wonderful cooking a couple of times. From what you have told me, and from I was able to see with my own eyes, he was definitely a man who laughed easily, and loved deeply.
    Very sorry for your loss.
    Cheryl

  36. So sorry for your great loss. Your father sounds like a wonderful man. You and your family were very fortunate. Know that the thoughts of the EARCOS community are with you at this difficult time.

  37. George, so sorry for your loss! There is never a good time to lose a loved one and no one is ever truly prepared. The loss doesn’t get easier either, it just becomes “different”. How sweet it was for you to share your reflection with the world, and appropriate coming from you. May your days ahead continue to reflect the strength of your father in you.

  38. Thankyou for sharing this personal story with us. In your presentation last year you made it clear how much of an inspiration your father was to you, and what you have learned from him. You have given an amazing summary of a loving, hard working man. My thoughts are with you.

  39. Simon Clarke

    George,

    What a moving piece this is! You can tell that your father was an amazing man. My condolences to you and the rest of your family on his loss.

  40. Hi George, I’ve been away on Spring Break so only just read this post. My heart goes out to you and your family. I know how it hurts to lose a dad. I also know that it is memories like these that will keep him alive in your heart. Go easy on yourself, don’t try to be too brave, take the time to grieve, lean on others for a while and let them help you. I’m sure your dad was proud of all you achieved – and this was his achievement too! Hugs.

  41. Vicky Climatianos

    George, sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing this personal family story. Your dad has left a legacy which will always be remembered by your family, relatives and friends whom had the pleasure of meeting your dad. A truly amazing father.
    My thoughts are with you and your family during this very difficult time!

  42. Thank you for sharing this tribute to your dad. I could identify with your dad’s enjoyment in following your career. My father probably wished I would be a great athlete (which didn’t work out) but he was proud of my work in education.

  43. Mate,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss…your dad sounds like such an inspiration, and i am glad your last words with him were what they were. I hope that you are healing and know that he must be on your mind so much…Hang in there…

  44. Joe Mazza

    George – This was a beautiful read. So much love, pride and perseverance woven unto a single post. What an inspiring first leader you had in life – one that that we can all learn from as you continue telling his story. Thanks (as always) for sharing your life with me and helping me think about the ways I can be a better person, educator, father and husband. jm

  45. Randy Seabrook

    This is a beautiful tribute to your father. May condolences to you and your family. Thank you for sharing him with us.

  46. Julie

    George, I am so sorry for your loss. We met at COSL in Winnipeg. I also just lost my dad ~ March 6, 2013 ~ and it is has been one of the most difficult experiences of my life. Thank you for sharing…

  47. Narinder

    George – I heard you speak last night to a group of Surrey teachers. You spoke of your dad and his struggles as an immigrant and his influence on you becoming an educator. Thank you for sharing some of your personal journeys with us. You, along with others have shown me the importance of “sharing our stories”. I am deeply saddened for your loss. Your blessings are in the wonderful memories of strength, courage, wisdom and love your dad has left for you.

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