Memory Eternal - George Kalfov
- This morning, my father George passed away after long battle with
My father was tonsured a reader in Shanghai by St John and served as
his reader for years, in Shanghai, Tubabao and whenever Vladyka would
come to Seattle. When Vladyka Ioann reposed, here in Seattle in
1966, my dad was the first one to his aide after he had fallen and
placed him in the armchair where he reposed in my dad's arms. He was
the choir director at our St Nicholas Cathedral and served on the
Parish Council until he retired before the alzheimer's took him over.
He was an active leader in the Russian emgiree community here, as one
of the founders and charter members of the Russian Community Center
in 1953 and served as its president for over 20+ years. He
spearheaded the acquistion of an old theater complex and turning it
in to a facility which over the past 50 years has become a place
where all Russians could get together regardless of what jurisdiction
they belonged, or whether they emigrated from the Far East or Europe,
or regardless of faith to live in harmony.
He was instrumental in ensuring that the Russian community did not
feel the stigma of era of the cold war here as being a Russian meant
that you were a Communist. He actively involved the mayors of
Seattle, city council members as well as the various governors of
Washington to participate in Russian community events both at the
Russian Center as well as St Nicholas.
He was active in the Seattle business community as well being on the
forefront of making sure that all Russian émigrés got helped
regardless of when and where they came from. He found jobs and
employment for many of these to get them and their families on their
feet. Tireless, he helped interpret for ailing Russians in
hospitals, especially when there were some serious injuries from
Russian fishing boats off the Pacific Coast.
He gave himself to the church and to the community. He will be missed
sorely by all. Services are tentatively scheduled for this Friday at
- Let us never forget our Fathers and Mothers, at whose feet we learned of Holy Orthodoxy! As one whose parents now sleep in our Lord's Arms, I share your pain of the separation, but rejoice with the Holy Angels who stand with them before God's Throne!
Vechnaya Pamyat' !
The unworthy servant of God,
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