On October 2nd, we lost Alex C. Mastoris, the most compassionate, generous and respectable man many of us will ever have the pleasure of knowing. In a way that amazed us all, he dedicated his whole self to all that he did and made everyone he cared for feel his unrelenting love and kindness.

Whether it be his dedication to his country through his service in the Vietnam War, his dedication to his church and to his community through the various positions he held and the time that he gave, or his dedication to his business, to his partners and to his employees that he deemed family and treated as such, he lived in a way that served to improve the lives of others. Somehow he managed to excel and impress in all that he did.

But above all, Alex was the epitome of a family man. As a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a grandfather, an uncle and an in-law, he gave his entire heart, his whole being, to his family. To see him with his family was to see him in his glory. The joy he found in caring for and spending time with his family is unparalleled and should touch and inspire us all. The gravity of this loss is felt not only now, in the immediate aftermath of his passing, but will be felt forever by the many who knew and loved him.

His legacy will live on through all that he accomplished and through all those that he has touched. His life was one well lived, one that truly had an impact on the world and one that will always be remembered.

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  • Georgia Pagiavlas

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    October 4, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Alex was the the best! He was the what every person should strive to be! He was kind and loving and humble and so devoted not only to his family but to all he knew him. You couldn’t ask for a better husband,father, papou, friend or brother. He was always there for anyone who needed his help. He never said no. He will leave a huge void in our Greek Orthodox community and big shoes to fill. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy ! To my dearest friend Patti and to Dean, Evan, Marianne and Michael and to the absolute light of Alex’s life ,his grandchildren Alex and Sophia there are no words to express my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of such a wonderful man. We were all lucky to have had him in our lives. His memory will be eternal, God bless him and welcome him into his eternal kingdomπŸ™πŸ»πŸ’”πŸ’
    With all my love ,Georgia

  • Nikolaos Patouhas

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    October 4, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Miss and love you Big Daddy I’ll never forget the long talk I had with you 5days ago God has taken you too soon

  • Nikolaos Patouhas

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    October 4, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    I miss and love you Big Daddy I will never forget the long talk I had with you 5days ago God has taken you too soon

  • Steven Sacalis

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    October 5, 2017 at 7:15 am

    RIP Alex,I will miss you. You were really my trust worthy friend, helping me out where ever possible. Condolences to the family.

  • Rima Vasilakis

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    October 5, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Alex will always be remembered, he has a special place in my heart. May he rest in peace .

  • Jack kalogridis

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    October 5, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Alex I will miss you to death but the memories that I had with you and the places we’ve been together well always be with me and so will you one of the greatest people I’ve ever met in my life may God bless you so and I’m sure he will because you did nothing but good for people you may rest in peace my friend I will miss you dearly

  • Phyllis Magazzu

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    October 5, 2017 at 9:52 am

    As mayor of Berlin Township and on behalf of all of our residents, it is with the deepest sympathy and sorrow that I extend condolences to the Mastoris family. There is no greater loss than the loss of a husband, father, brother ……..and only time and prayer will help heal the pain! And I am sure you know that there are so many others, that Alex has touched there lives, also feeling this sorrow! As one of the “Regulars” of Palace Diner, it will be hard to fill the void with his loss. I hope you know, that not only as my position as Mayor, but as a friend, I am here to help in any way!

  • Debbie Pulcinella

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    October 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I am one of the many that Alex helped many years ago. He was an extraordinary human being who will be so missed. My heart and prayers go out to his family and my old friend Patti. I am sorry I can’t be there with you but know you are in my thoughts, wishing you strength to get through and carry on down this difficult path. β€οΈπŸ™πŸ»

  • Stavros Antonakakis

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    October 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Giving our life in the service of God is the price we pay for citizenship in His great kingdom Heaven. As Alex Mastoris stands before the awesome judgment of God as His faithful servant the passport he presents is filled with deeds of altruism. He earned his citizenship. He shunned the spotlight, never wanted accolades or sought titles, he lived with humility, kindness and patience. Alex is defined as a man of love and loyalty to family, faith, country and his fellow man.

    Andros, the ancient island in Greece produced many great individuals and Alex ranks amongst the best of them. He was extremely proud of his Greek heritage and more so to be an American. From his youth as an acolyte in the Greek Orthodox church of Saint George in Trenton, to founding the community Greek Orthodox Youth, to being called to the priesthood by his pastor, Alex ultimately decided to serve his country with distinction, fighting for freedom and democracy in the Vietnam War.

    Alex, a graduate of Cornell University, together with his brothers George and Anthony, and then his son Dean, went on to lead many successful restaurant enterprises. He was successful in business because he loved what he did and people loved to work for him. As a 50 year business veteran he worked with and gave thousands of people good paying jobs and opportunities. He cared about his employees and always treated them with respect, compassion and understanding. To many who worked for him he was a role model, mentor and even a father figure. Even his customers will miss him because Alex valued their patronage and made sure everyone felt welcomed as if the restaurant was their home.

    His greatest love beyond his beloved family was the church. When I asked him, he eagerly agreed to join the parish council of Saint Thomas. When we asked him, he was the first to gladly give his talent and expertise to improving the Greek Agora. Our festival has come a long way from it’s humble beginnings by the Ladies Philoptochos Society Bake sale at the Moorestown mall. Today it serves thousands of meals over a four day weekend while showcasing our community. To Alex and many many individuals like him we are indebted.

    Knowing Alex, from where he is now, he thanks everyone who volunteered and works so hard to make this annual event a success. And to the reader of this message, next time you see your Greek diner restaurant owner, their wife or children remember Alex Mastoris and thank them for everything they do for our churches, they are true pillars of our communities; and like Alex Mastoris they will always rise to the occassion and will never say no to helping the church or community.

    Alex we will celebrate your life when we see your beloved Patty, your grandchildren, children and brothers and their families. You left this temporary world but your kindness is in plain sight, our community is blessed to have been touched by you and the entire Mastoris family.

    Thank you for always making me smile. Kali Antamosi!