Stergos (Stan) John Moutzouris
Stan was a humble, hardworking, generous, independent and spirited soul who touched the lives of those he met. He was a man of few words, however, what he said counted.
Stan’s star sign was Pisces, representing fish and the ocean - two of his passions. He owned and ran the P&S Fish Cafe for 23 years. Those who dined there knew that Stan had personally selected the seafood fresh that morning at the fish markets. In summer, he would take himself down to Clovelly Beach for an afternoon swim, and just as the water is characterised by his star sign, Stan was truly in his element.
After his retirement, Stan took to managing the Cosy Hotel, a boarding house above the old P&S Cafe. This kept him busy and with the residents becoming his friends, it was his home away from home. His presence at the Cosy will be felt for a long time, and Stan is sorely missed there.
Stan was an intelligent man. He was the dux of his classes in high school year after year, started medicine at university, and was the person you wanted on your trivia team. His daily ritual involved reading the newspaper from front to back and so his general knowledge was extensive, sharing important facts like “did you know that elephants can’t jump?” and that “All polar bears are left handed”. He was the perfect “phone-a-friend”. He was able to relate to people from all walks of life, both young and old.
Stan was an expert in the kitchen and great as a BBQ chef, but specialised in prawn risotto, meat pies and his own secret marinating and tenderising techniques. Friday nights were always his favourite, indulging his family in what became known as ‘Seafood Surprise’ depending on what he handpicked from the markets that day. These nights lead to colourful conversations around the dinner table that enabled his family to relate as best friends, rather than just family.
In addition to spending time in the kitchen, Stan loved to eat out and would often take his wife Mary to a new cafe or patisserie that he had read about. Together they would share dessert, critique their choice over a flat white and a weak cappuccino with extra froth, and then share their experience with their daughters. Many of the family’s happiest memories were shared around food, a tradition that continues in honour of its patriarch.
Stan loved to travel. It was a passion of his that started in his early 20’s. From driving through Europe, to swimming at the beach at Agios Isidiros, Plomari, to eating a monolithic rock cake (his favourite) at Stonehenge, shopping his way through the United States and simply walking the streets of New York City, he savoured every moment and fondly recalled these stories time after time with such enthusiasm.
Stan led a happy and fulfilling life. All of his family were so blessed to know a man of such exception - a husband, a father, a grandfather, a brother, a brother-in-law, a father in law, an uncle, a cousin and a friend.
During his last 12 months Stan suffered the debilitating effects of mesothelioma, but through all the pain and struggle - with his unfailing support team by his side - he was able to see things through rose-coloured glasses and take on his final challenge with optimism and dignity. When he finally felt ‘his three girls would be ok’, he passed away peacefully at home, on his own terms.