CentralSABfn property magnate dies from suspected heart attack
─── OLEBOGENG MOTSE 15:14 Fri, 10 Sep 2021
Bloemfontein property magnate, Nic Georgiou, has died in Cyprus on Friday 10 September from a suspected heart attack at 76 years old.
According to the Georgiou’s family spokesperson and current chairman of the Hellenic Community of Bloemfontein, Mario Savvas, the family’s patriarch was on an extended stay in Cyprus following the funeral of his brother last week. Savvas says they will engage with the family to find out if they intend on having him buried in Cyprus or in Bloemfontein.
Savvas says whilst Georgiou is well-known for his accomplishments as a shrewd businessman, he led the Greek community as the chairman of the Hellenic Community in Bloemfontein for 25 years during some difficult times.
“For the Greek community in Bloemfontein, it’s a huge loss. I mean at a time when we struggled to keep the community together, he stepped up and took control of that. When we didn’t have money to pay for priests and teachers, he paid them out of his pocket and brought them here. Just so that our kids could learn Greek and about their heritage,” says Savvas.
The community is planning on honouring Georgiou’s life sometime next week.
Georgiou reportedly leaves behind his five children from his two marriages and an unconfirmed number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
This is a developing story.