The sad but natural order of life………..
Very sad this morning , that Savvas and his family, who own and operate Kallikas Filling Station just outside of Coral Bay, are saying ‘goodbye’ to Nikolas, Savvas father.
One of the nicest people in the village of Peyia, Nikolas was a true example of everything that makes Peyia and the Cypriot people, so very special. A charming, handsome, funny story teller, this wonderful man would make the day of many a lady going to get her petrol from the garage.
My favourite memories of him are the ‘bribes’ he’d give me to provide him with a lift home from the garage, at 1pm, if I were there getting fuel. In return for the lift, which took only a few minutes into Peyia, he’d fill the glove box in my car with fruit he’d ‘stolen’ from one of Savvas’ trees! The drive was all too brief: Nikolas loved to talk about his wife, who died many years ago – and about his family , including the many grandchildren and how proud he was of them.
His seemed to be a simple life: family first, last and in the middle – but that’s the most special life and he lived it well.
I’ll miss seeing Nikolas outside of the Kafenes in Peyia and waving to him as I pass by. I’ll miss also planting a lipstick kiss on his cheek when he filled my car with petrol – something about the lipstick tickled him so much!
Our thoughts are with his lovely family today, who’ll miss everything about him but who, I’m sure because of him , will continue to live well and fully – and who are a wonderful example of loved ones living and growing together .Today, they’ll stand together wrapped in love and prayers from all of us, as Nikolas takes his journey home to be with his beloved wife in the heavens.
God bless, Nikolas. x