Heather Marie (Cleary) Sfyri
November 19,1954 - June16,2023
Our dear Heather slipped into eternity in the early hours of June 16 with her loving family at her side. Her passing has left a huge hole in the hearts of her family and many friends.
Heather was born the fourth child of Raymond and Mary (Eastwood) Cleary in Moose Jaw after sisters Donna and Wendy and along with her twin Holly. Although unexpected, her arrival was a great blessing and joy. Heather was predeceased by her parents and her sister Donna. She is survived by her husband Kostas, children, Takis (Letta) and Sophie and grandson Kostantinos and sisters, Wendy (Duane), and Holly.
Family life and childhood were busy, full and loving, with Heather graduating school and entering the work world, first in Moose Jaw, then on to the Saskatchewan legislature in Regina. At the same time, she had met Kostas, her future husband, which led her to leave Canada and join him in Athens, Greece. At that time communications were scarce, and Heather knew little about Greece. She had a quiet and unassuming nature, but this move showed her adventurous and brave heart. Heather and Kostas were married in just over a year and very soon were expecting their son Takis. At this time, she began teaching English privately and continued for several years. She had no formal training but excelled in teaching, winning the hearts of many students. Her motto was ‘if you’re going to do a job, do it well’. This was apparent in every area of her life. Their daughter Sophie followed soon after. Along with her children in their school lessons Heather learned the Greek language and learned much about Greek culture, cooking and life. Her children were her pride and her joy. And many happy times and wonderful vacations were had with her extended Greek family though the years. She became a cherished daughter in law to Kostas’ father, cooking for him and spending time. One of her greatest joys was becoming ‘yaya’ to her grandson Kostantinos and watching him grow. She cherished every moment. Heather loved all animals, but horses had a special place in her heart from the time she was a young girl. The family had several pets through the years, the most recent being the two cats Issy and Misha, her fur babies. She especially enjoyed gardening, the weekly market ‘laiky’ and being with her family at the holidays. Visits to Canada were not many, Heather was greatly missed by her family. It was a time of rejoicing whenever visits occurred and was an opportunity for her children to know their Canadian family and learn of their Scottish and Canadian heritage. Heather’s character was one of loyalty, steadfastness, generosity, caring, love and compassion. Others may say she was fun-loving and lighthearted. She will never be forgotten; her love lives on in our hearts.
A private family service will be held.