Aristides “Aris” Kaplanis, age 85 of Canton, went to be with our Lord on January 10, 2022. He was born on December 6, 1936 in Andritsena, Greece. He was preceded in death by his parents Eleni “Helen” and Andonios Kaplanis and his brother Sotiri. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 59 years Esther, children Anthony Kaplanis, Helen (John) Harsh, grandchildren whom he just adored and cherished Jonathan, Kate, and Anthony Jr., sister Dina (Nick) Agelopoulos, sisters-in-law Melanie McCauley, Kathy (Brian) Murphy, and many nieces and nephews all of whom he was equally proud.
Aris' tale is a familiar one of his generation. He came to the U.S. seeking a better life. Like many immigrants the early years were a struggle but he persevered and learned the language (although to this day his sentences would often combined Greek and English). He worked various jobs until finally retiring from Diebold. He always did his best in his own way to be a devoted husband, father and I think his favorite was being a Papou. We have fond memories of him coming home from work and going into the back yard and working on his cherished vegetable garden.
He was proud of his Greek heritage and Anthony and Helen can remember not being allowed to go out and play until we had our Geek school lesson. He was a proud member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. He served on the Parish Council, taught Greek school and was a member of the Men's Club.
A very special thank you to Aris' son-in-law, John Harsh, for all of his care, love, and support everyday.
Family and friends will be received on Saturday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Services will begin in the church at 11 a.m., with Rev. Fr. Nicholas Halkias officiating. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity GOYA (Greek Orthodox Youth Association) in Aris' memory.