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Dino Arvan

June 28, 2019

Dino ArvanDino Arvan, 86, of Alexandria Bay passed away Friday, June 28, 2019, at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Utica.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Monday, July 1, from 5 - 8 PM. The funeral mass will be at St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church on Tuesday, July 2, at 11 AM with Rev. Philip Yanulis presiding, followed by burial in Brookside Cemetery.

Dino was born in Thessaloniki, Greece on November 23, 1932, son of Peter and Fotini Diamond Arvanitides, and he attended school in Greece. He emigrated to the US in 1952. On March 18, 1953 he entered the US Army. He received the Korean, United Nations and National Defense Service Medals and was honorably discharged on January 7, 1955.

On April 11, 1963 he married Ann Gregor in Watertown.

Dino was the owner and operator of Arcade Shoe Repair, then Dino's Shoe Service for 64 years. He was a member of St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church and a former member and president of its Church Council. He is a member of both the American Legion Post 61 and VFW Post 1400. He resided in Watertown from 1952 until the couple moved to Alexandria Bay in 2016. He enjoyed fishing, boating, and had a love of the St. Lawrence River. But his greatest love was for his family.

Dino is survived by his wife, Ann; five children, Nicholas W., Syracuse, Peter J. and wife Joan, Southport, NC, Thomas D. and wife Judy, Franklin, OH, Tina J. Northrop and husband Travis, Mechanicville, and Peter D. and wife Nancy, Southport, NC; 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; sister, Ann Arvan, Syracuse; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. His sister, Joyce Armatas, died June 2017.

In lieu of flowers donations in his name may be made to St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 502 Franklin St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#9 Tom Doe 2019-07-02 12:28
Dino was a friend to our family through his business. I come from a family with large feet and expensive shoes. We live in Ogdensburg where there are no shoe repair businesses. Everyone in the family came to know Dino for his kind nature and friendliness. Whenever someone was going to Watertown there was a trip to Dino's to either drop off shoes or pick them up. Dino was like no other! My thoughts and prayer go to Dino's wife and family
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#8 Diane Clark 2019-07-02 05:54
My mom was Greek (Stavrakis) and back in Public Square's heyday, she & Mr. Arvan would exchange greetings in Greek, a tradition that he and I continued all my life until he recently retired from his shop.

Condolences to his family.

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#7 Kate Dickson 2019-07-01 22:20
Dino was a wonderful person. Deepest sympathy to all his loved ones.
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#6 Mike Buckman 2019-07-01 10:42
Tina and Family,

So sorry to hear of your family's loss.
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#5 N politis family 2019-07-01 10:11
To Ann and family, We pray your family will be comforted at this time. Your Home on the river is a gathering place, Dino truly Loved.
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#4 Dennis Honeywell 2019-06-30 11:43
The Arvan family holds a special place in the hearts of my family. For many years we were boating friends and social friends. My kids grew up with their kids...and Natalie and I loved them all. Dino was special for so many reasons. His patience and curiosity and his stubborn drive to accomplish his ideas. Particularly with his beloved Whitecaps Chris Craft cruiser...that he fidgeted with incessantly. He was kind and loving. My thoughts to the family and I will never forget all of you.
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#3 John & Kathi Buttery 2019-06-30 09:00
Tom and family, May God surround you all in his loving light during this time and always...
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#2 LIZ DAUGHERTY 2019-06-30 07:47
So sorry to hear about Mr. Arvan. He was a staple on the square and no one cared for his leather shoes like Mr. Arvan. He was one special man! Prayers for all of you.
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#1 Effie N Mazes 2019-06-29 18:30
To Ann and family
I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of sorrow.
I'll never forget Dino. He was one of a kind.
Αιώνια μνήμη.
God bless you all.
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