14 February 1947 - 21 November 2021
On Sunday 21 November 2021 Xenophon Protopapas sadly passed away aged 74. A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered.
Xenophon was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, on 14 February 1947. He emigrated to England with his family in 1961 and made this hospitable country his home ever since.
Xenophon embraced the multi-racial society in Great Britain and nurtured utmost respect and admiration for its rich and diverse cultures and traditions. He made friends and associations with people of all ethnic and religious backgrounds, promoted integration and despised prejudice.
However, Xenophon was an ardent believer that integration need not happen at the cost of losing one’s ethnic or religious identity.
The Greek language, traditions, history, religion and civilisation of the Hellenes have been with us for millennia. Xenophon worked tirelessly to promote these values and never lost sight of his background, religion or culture.
Xenophon was a pillar of the Greek community in the United Kingdom and from a young age devoted much of his energy and time to the Greek Community and Greek Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom; he was always happy to help, both in his professional and personal capacity.
As a teenager, Xenophon was actively involved in the Cathedral of St Sophia, Greek school and youth club organisations. He served on the Council of the Greek Orthodox Community of Barnet since 1982. He was also a member of the Trust there and chaired the council from 2004 to 2021. His legal and business acumen was deployed selflessly in assisting with the rebuilding of the church Hall of The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Cross and St Michael, Golders Green, after it burned down, paying off the crippling community debt and maintaining the church through lean years caused by a dwindling congregation and declining donations.
Xenophon’s vision was to create financial security for the Greek Orthodox churches in the UK through independent commercial means, promote priesthood as a modern profession and calling, support the maintenance and function of the Greek schools, as contemporary institutions and cultivate in the second, third and subsequent generations of Greeks in the United Kingdom a sense of knowledge, realisation and pride in their ancestry.
In loving memory of Xenophon, his family, business partners and friends have established ‘The Xenophon Protopapas Foundation’, a charitable organisation intended to continue Xenophon’s charitable work and endeavours. The charity supports the advancement of the Greek Orthodox religion, education and culture in the Greek Diaspora and also, is intended to generally provide assistance to families in times of need, for the relief of poverty and also to those in need of medical care.
Donations to this cause are gratefully received and can be made by clicking here:
" The impossible we can do immediately; miracles take a little longer "
Xenophon Protopapas a pillar of the community, a gentleman and the man this foundation is in memory of: " The impossible we can do immediately; miracles take a little longer"
What the Xenophon Protopapas Foundation is all about, our goals, vision and objectives to assist the advancement and enhancement of the Greek Orthodox religion, education and culture in the Diaspora
Our yearly spectacular charity fund raising event in memory of Xenophon Protopapas. " It's not the years in your life, it's about the life in your years"
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