The South Melbourne FC community is in mourning following the passing of former President Leonidas Anezakis at the age of 88.
In a post on Twitter, the Club extended its condolences to Leonidas’ family, which includes his sons Manny, Peter and Ian.
Leonidas’ wife Anthoula, who was a Life Member of the Club, passed away earlier this year in January.
“The Anezakis name is synonymous with a golden era of football in this country and the club’s rich history,” the Club wrote.
“May he rest in peace.”
Leonidas was President of South Melbourne FC in 1984 – the year in which the Club won its first national championship. His son, Manny, was part of the squad at the time.
His loss has come as a shock to many in the Greek community, with a number of comments on Facebook highlighting his impact on Australian football.
“An absolute lion of sport and industry. A true Greek, absolute gentleman and passionate family man,” one Facebook user wrote.
Club President, Nicholas Maikousis, also expressed his sadness at Leonidas’ passing, writing that it was “a huge loss for our club and the community.”
“Individuals like Leo built our club and will not be forgotten,” he added on Facebook.