Chris Dimas

Chris Dimas

Saturday, July 2nd, 1932 - Thursday, February 6th, 2020
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Chris Dimas, age 87, beloved husband for 65 years to Helen, (nee Faughn). Loving father of Andreas (Kristen) Dimas. Cherished papou of Nickolas, Sophia, Alexandra and Christos. Devoted son of the late Spiros Diamantopoulos (a.k.a. Dimas) and Eleni (nee Gianakopoulos). Dear brother of the late Georgia Dimas, Frances Dimas, Irene Tsilis, James Dimas, and Ethel Papajohn. Dear uncle of many nieces, nephews, and cousin to many, and friend to all.

Chris was a proud graduate of Harper High School, and always looked forward to lunches, dinners, and beer trucks at the annual Harper HS Picnics in the McConkey Woods to play softball and horseshoes with his lifelong friends from the old neighborhood.

Chris earned his undergraduate degree from Murray State University where he met the love of his life, Helen. Chris and Helen celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary with family in the last week of life, including his grandchildren. When asked if he would like roasted chicken or pizza, he replied a good piece of steak would be better. This was a cherished night for all present.

Upon graduation from Murray State University, Chris served in the United States Army, stationed mostly at scenic Fort Leonard Wood, MO. It was here that he was able to further his career as a musician, playing in the Officer's Club most nights, after completion of boot camp. It was here he negotiated for privileged steak rations, to the extent that later in his stint, he began to request chicken and pizza, "because I just couldn't eat any more porterhouse."

Upon completion of service with the United States Army, Chris continued his academic career by earning a Masters Degree in Music from Vandercook College of Music, and a PhD. from Syracuse University.
Chris had many teaching jobs after graduation ranging from Crossville, Indiana as a band teacher, to Athens, Greece to Pasadena, CA for short periods of time, before finally settling in on sweet home Chicago with City Colleges of Chicago. His love of teaching Speech 101 to night school students at CCC frequently prompted him to ponder "I can't believe they pay me to do this." Chris was known to take his students on field trips to Vito & Nick's after mid-term finals, and sometimes before. Approximately 30 years of teaching Speech Class to others, guiding how to communicate articulately didn't prevent Chris from often asking his doting wife, Helen, if she "could be a sweetheart and bring that thing from over there, from behind the whatcha-ma-callit."

Travel was a hobby for Chris. He and Helen traveled extensively, always "on a shoestring." Seeing the world, and often Devil's Lake, Wisconsin, never ceased to amaze and allow Chris to have appreciation for the cultures of others.

Community Theater was another hobby for Chris, who was a 25+ year member of the Beverly Hills University Club (BHUC). He starred in many rolls, his favorite being Don Quixote in Man of LaMancha, along with 10+ years "in the pit" as the music conductor. His family often lovingly referred to him as a mad professor, with hair flying and baton waving. The goal of the non-for-profit organization was to offer partial college scholarships to deserving neighborhood students. This, and the lifelong friendships Chris gained from BHUC, brought him much happiness. He also later served on the original Board of Directors that was responsible for construction and opening of the Beverly Art Center.

Of all the many aspects of Chris' life, too many to list, the roll Chris was most proud of was his family. Chris loved his wife, his son and daughter-in-law, his siblings, nieces, nephews, and especially his grandchildren.

Chris and Helen's home was a frequent gathering place for family parties. Always proud of his Hellenic heritage, and when the lamb was roasting with its drippings on the potatoes on Easter Sunday, Chris would often state "there are those who are Greek today, and those who wish they were."

Always proud of his Greek heritage, absolute love and appreciation of America, those who knew Chris well, understood that above all, he was true-Chicago, starting life on 63rd Street and beginning life eternal on 101st Street.

May his memory be eternal.

Visitation Saturday, February 8, 2020 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 10301 Kolmar Ave., Oak Lawn, IL 60453 from 9:30 a.m. until time of Funeral Service 11:30 a.m. Burial will be private at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to:

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
10301 Kolmar Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

would be much appreciated.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 9:30am - 11:30am
    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 9:30am - 11:30am
    St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
    10301 Kolmar Avenue
    OAK LAWN, IL 60453
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Visitation Saturday, February 8, 2020 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 10301 Kolmar Ave., Oak Lawn, IL 60453 from 9:30 a.m. until time of Funeral Service 11:30 a.m.
  • Service

    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 11:30am
    St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
    10301 Kolmar Avenue
    OAK LAWN, IL 60453
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Visitation Saturday, February 8, 2020 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 10301 Kolmar Ave., Oak Lawn, IL 60453 from 9:30 a.m. until time of Funeral Service 11:30 a.m.
  • Interment

    Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
    20953 W. Hoff Road
    ELWOOD, IL 60421
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Burial will be private at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.


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Barbara Pugh

Posted at 10:19pm
I just recently learned of Chris’ passing. To Helen and family I send my deepest, sincerest condolences. Chris was my first band teacher at Covington School in Oak Lawn in 1959. When Chris started teaching at Covington, all the 7th and 8th grade girls were swooning over the new, handsome band teacher. When I finally got the courage to go up to him to ask if I could enroll in band, he told me I was too late because I couldn’t sign up to rent an instrument. I went home at lunch and grabbed my oldest brother’s cornet that he played for two years before switching to tuba and brought it back to school with me. When I went up to Chris and showed him this horn; with astonishment on his face he said, “Well, I guess you can be in band, then.” That’s only one of many stories I cherish. Over the years Chris and Helen never missed a chance to catch up with many of us old-time students at band reunion picnics and always showing up when he was invited to wherever you were playing.

Chris instilled in me the love of playing the trumpet and I have always, through the years, kept playing in community bands, a swing band and at 73 I’m still playing in the Tinley Park Community Jazz Band and Concert Band. I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m “blowing my own horn,” but without Chris, I would have missed out on years of enjoyment. Chris and Helen always found time to come to my concerts. In 2016 we had an all Oak Lawn grade school 55th reunion and I invited Chris and Helen. There were several other of his band students there, too. We had a great time.

Thank you, Chris, for giving me many, many years of enjoyment and fun playing my trumpet. I will miss you. Till we meet again (save me seat in heaven’s band).


Barbara (Klein) Pugh

Carol Kyros-Walker

Posted at 11:44pm
My deepest sympathy to Helen and the family. Chris was a wonderful colleague, full of life and good humor. He was a show biz personality through and through, with multiple talents. He brought energy and cheer to the Department. I’ll miss running into Helen and Chris at the CSO and LyricOpera. I’ll always remember being a guest at their incredible home in Beverly.

Don Radtke

Posted at 12:08pm
The Cook County College Teachers Union appreciated Chris's union involvement and support. Chris served as a House Alternate and participated in its activities. The Daley Luncheon Group will miss his friendly, lively,and enjoyable conversations with all of us.
Chris served his College and students with enthusiasm and assistance. We will miss him.

Don Radtke, CCCTU Retiree Chapter Chair

Errol M Magidson

Posted at 01:24pm
I am so sorry to just now learn of Chris' death. I tried calling him earlier this week. I spoke with Helen and him a few weeks ago. I started my career with the City Colleges in 1971 working under Chris in the PLATO Project. We became friends and colleagues. I was lucky to know Chris. What a wonderful person who was loved by all. We shared many stories. One story was when I went to a meeting with Chris in his car at Malcolm X College in December. I told Chris I had to give a final exam at Kennedy King College that evening at 6:00 p.m. The meeting ended at about 5:00 p.m. but it took Chris over a half hour to get out of the building because he would talk with everyone we met on the way out, from administrators to faculty members to maintenance people. Then we were in rush hour traffic, and it was getting closer and closer to exam time. I ended up getting out of the car by an exit ramp a few blocks away from one of the Dan Ryan train stations. I ran as fast as I could in total darkness (to catch a train to the nearest station by the College and to feel safe). I used to attend theatre performances in which Chris played a lead role. I still remember his being Don Quixote in "The Man of La Mancha." It was Chris who invited me to his and Helen's beautiful home and showed me the lovely Beverly neighborhood. I never would have even known about Beverly if it hadn't been for Chris. I moved there in 1977 and stayed for 35 years. When I worked on the documentary "Chicago's Only Castle," about the Givins Castle in Beverly, I had Chris and Helen play the roles of J.B. and Jessie Burdett, owners of the Castle from 1909 to 1921.

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Posted at 10:56pm
Andy, Kristen & Family- We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We love you. Love, The Fates
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