Dimitrios Kaliakoudas, 58, painting contractor

October 30, 2004

Dimitrios Kaliakoudas, a former painting contractor and avid fisherman, died of a brain tumor Monday at his Abingdon home. He was 58.

Mr. Kaliakoudas was born in Litohoro, Greece, and raised in Salonika, Greece. The son of a fisherman, he developed an interest in fishing and the sea at an early age.

Educated in public schools, he served in the Greek Army for several years. In 1970, he and his wife, the former Sofia Petropoulos, who survives him, immigrated to Baltimore.

The former Rosedale resident, who had lived in Abingdon since 1999, owned a commercial painting company. He retired last year because of failing health.

Mr. Kaliakoudas, who was known as "Taki" or "Jimmy," enjoyed bringing home fresh fish for his family and friends. He was an accomplished yachtsman and while living in Greece gave sailing lessons to Prince Constantine, who later became king.

"He just loved being out on the water and often said that he could eat fish every night," said his longtime friend Circuit Judge John C. Themelis. "He was one of the kindest and gentlest people this world has ever known."

Mr. Kaliakoudas also enjoyed working on the computer and had an extensive collection of Greek postage stamps.

He was a parishioner of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in East Baltimore, where services were held Thursday.

In addition to his wife of 34 years, Mr. Kaliakoudas is survived two daughters, Mina Giannas of Rhodes, Greece, and Thalia Themelis of Carney; two brothers, Angelo Kaliakoudas and Nicholas Kaliakoudas, both of Greece; a sister, Paraskevi Papanilaou of Greece; and two grandchildren.

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