June 28, 2019
Dino 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.