Mar 1, 2008

Remembering Ananias Karahanidis

The story of the 300 Spartans, around 480 B.C., is well known to everyone.

However, there is very little knowledge of any of their descendants.

We happen to know one, and his name is Ananias Karahanidis. 

Ananias obtained his International Business degree at the University of Chicago.

During one of Mr. Goudas visits to Chicago, he was introduced to Ananias and felt that this gentleman, with his wonderful personality and poise, would make a great addition as a supplier to Goudas Foods, in the category of Olives and Extra Virgin Olive Oils.

Eventually, Ananias took over his fathers business in Greece, and became a supplier of Goudas Foods. 

As part of his business, Ananias traveled all over the world to promote his companys products.

All the while, his brother Christos, took care of the daily business responsibilities in Greece.

Just for a short amount of time, Ananias went back to Greece and visited his factory just before leaving for Canada, where he had an appointment with Mr. Goudas on March 5th, 2008. 

Apparently, while he was at the factory in Greece, since there was no-one working during the weekend, he thought it would be a good idea to sterilize the floors with a steam generator.

Unfortunately, a high voltage electric power came in contact with the wet floor and, unfortunately, Ananias was electrocuted.

The sudden and unforeseen death of Ananias at the age of 44, brought great sorrow to all in Pelloponisos, his home town Sparta, as well as his many associates all over the world. Hundreds of people from all over Greece attended his funeral. 

Ananias left behind two wonderful daughters, his sister and his brother Christos.

Needless to say, his father, who had already handed the business over to his sons capable hands, was devastated. 

In the picture, you can see Mr. Goudas and Ananias (on the left), having dinner at a Restaurant in Toronto, in 2006. 

Goudas Foods Inc. and Mr. Goudas himself, give their condolences to Ananias family.

His wonderful personality and unforgettable character, will always be remembered. 

According to Mr. Goudas, he was really and truly a descendant of the 300 Spartans! 

Goudas Foods and 

Spyros Peter Goudas

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