HAPPY 65TH BIRTHDAY Mr. Spyros Peter Goudas
By Bernadette Scott
It is 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2007. It is not unusual that I am sitting here at work.
My hours have been rearranged because my boss apparently works 29 hours a day.
Anyway, tomorrow, Thursday, March 29, 2007 he will be 65 years old. Happy Birthday, Sir!
Congratulations on reaching such a milestone in life. Thank you for what you have done and accomplished in this time period and may our great and wonderful God, our Father Almighty, continue to bless you and keep you strong, healthy and productive for many, many, many, more years. For without you, there will be a terrible void left in the world because, you have made it possible for millions of people to have food on the table.
There are no words to describe my gratitude and appreciation for everything you have done and I am very privileged to have made your acquaintance.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
An e-mail arrived in the office today from one of our many suppliers.
It has been reproduced exactly as is and is a sincere testament to the Man for all seasonings, rice products, beans and peas, soups and prepared meals, canned vegetables, beverages and drinks, tomato products and pastes, canned fruits, sugar, flour, sauces, condiments, spices, etc., etc., Mr. Spyros Peter Goudas, who for almost 40 years has dedicated his life to a mission which has been successfully accomplished in spite of many trials, disappointments, personal tragedy and grief.
The text of the e-mail is as follows:
My name is Theologos Kangelidis, my English is poorest than semi poor. But my will to express my opinion for Mr. S. Peter Goudas is very strong and I will try to do it anyway I can. I hope I will be understandable.
Before about 2 years, I was so much disappointed of my life and so tired from all the bad moments I had with my work( after 2 years of hard work I had set up a little factory for canned food) inBulgaria( I am Greek) I was looking to the net for some companies to collaborate with and send to them some samples…
As I search I found a website called MR. GOUDAS www.goudasfoods.com I wrote a letter to him and after a while I had already gotten a reply - which left me surprised.This man - Mr. Goudas had replied to me although he was very busy with all his products.
After a long conversation with the man, I left with the opinion that he is a very clever, hard working, man looking for perfection for his products. But all this was like a fairy tale for me, because he said to me that he will advance money and raw materials to me…You see I was in a difficult time…
NO ONE WILL BELIEVE IT SINCE WE DON’T KNOW EACH OTHER…!!!
The next morning they called me from my bank and told me that an amount of US dollars had arrived from Canada to my account.
"I don’t believe it!", I said. "Yes, it’s true!!!" said the voice on the other end of the phone.
After a short time, a whole shipment from MR.GOUDAS of raw material to begin production of his products arrived in Bulgariafor me.
Since that day till today, Peter and I have produce more than 35 products under MR. GOUDAS brand, all of them under his straight observe and opinion (you see, he wants the best in the world and not less) and we are good friends more than business partners.
Honestly, I am 45 years old and I have seen many things in my life, but it is the first time I have ever met a person like him.
Words are very poor to express this entire phenomenon called Peter Goudas!
He is a whole catalogue from qualities…Honest, HARD WORKING, human, sensitive, clever, hard to the difficulties of life, Funny when he has the time, simple and thousands more…
If he was not near to me, at all these hard moments of my life I really do not know if I would be here today.
I pray to God every day to keep him alive and healthy because he is a good man…
I want to thank him in a very open and public way for all people to see who Mr.Goudas is..
If the world had two men like him maybe life would be better for sure.
And to close this long letter, I must thank the team in his company (they are all of them perfect) And all his valuable customers that they respect so much, his name and his products which without any date are the best in the world!
I am proud to serve him and his company!!! With all my respect, Theologos Kangelidis
As I continue to type this I am overwhelmed. The above letter perfectly describes this man whom we all know as MR. GOUDAS, and I sincerely believe it is the most appropriate Happy Birthday and Thank You to SPYROS PETER GOUDAS.
Since I have been recording the details of his life for his autobiography titled, The Immigrant, I have become aware of the strength and determination of Mr. Goudas.
We love you Sir and never, ever, forget that. You have made the world a better place!
Happy Birthday Sir From all your faithful employees.