Petros Galatoulas, former President of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York, passed away on Saturday at the age of 66.
The prominent figure in the Greek diaspora community had been facing a series of health problems before his passing.
Galatoulas was a significant member of the Greek-American and Greek immigrant community in the US. Born on the island of Chios in 1955, Galatoulas immigrated to America in the 1980s.
The Greek community leader and his wife, Sofia, had three children, Giorgos, Despina, and Anna.
Galatoulas was proud of his Greek heritage and committed himself to fighting for Hellenic causes, which lead him to being elected President of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York for two terms from 2014 to 2018.
Petros Galatoulas was a prominent figure in the Greek diaspora community
Established in 1938, the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York represents a wide variety of Greek communities in America and fights for the interests of the diaspora community. The Federation is also responsible for the annual parade held in New York City in honor of the Greek War of Independence.
Beloved throughout the Greek diaspora community, Galatoulas was known for working tirelessly for many causes and for organizing parades and events for the community.
He also served as the President of both the Agios Galousios Chios and Kavos Melanios Associations and was the Vice President of the Chian Federation.
He had also previously been elected vice president, general secretary, and chairman of the Cultural Committee of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York.
The Federation expressed its sorrow at the loss of its former president on social media.
“Είμαστε συντετριμμένοι. Καλό σου ταξίδι Πέτρο Γαλάτουλα. Ήσουν Έλληνας, Αγωνιστής και Πατριώτης. We cannot believe it. Fare Well Petros Galatoulas. You were a Hellene, a Fighter and a Patriot,” the post stated.