Greek-American couple succumb to COVID-19 within days of each other

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George and Kaliope Papazicos are among the thousands of New Yorkers who have succumbed to the coronavirus.

The couple, who lived in NY’s Garden City for 28 years, died four days apart in a New York hospital. George, 64, died on April 4, and his wife, Kaliope, 62, died on April 8.

In a post on Facebook, their daughter Christine Papazicos Sabato, said she ‘never imagined’ COVID-19 would impact her family and is now adjusting to her ‘new reality.’

George (far right) and Kaliope (far left) are remembered fondly by their daughter Christine (centre). Source: Christine Papazicos Sabato / Facebook.

“Last Saturday we sadly lost my father due to complications of the COVID-19 virus, and 4 days later on Wednesday, my mom also lost her battle with the virus,” she wrote.

“All I can say is what our family is going through, we wouldn’t want anyone else to experience. Please continue to keep your loved ones close and never miss the chance to tell them you love them.

“Live each day with kindness and passion, as my parents did.”

George and Kaliope (left) with their daughter and son-in-law. Source: Christine Papazicos Sabato / Facebook.

According to an obituary in Newsday, George and Kaliope Papazicos met in 1976 when they were both working as camp counselors at a Greek American camp for at-risk children in New York.

The rest is history. They fell in love, married, raised two daughters, settled on Long Island and were inseparable for 42 years until their recent death.

Both were devoted to their church, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Paul in Long Island, and held leadership roles in parish councils and various auxiliary groups.

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