Last week former SITE Foundation Trustee, Tina Weede, was in touch to tell us of the sad passing, from Covid-19, of long time SITE South-East Chapter member, Steve Felahis.
“This news makes me so, so sad”, Tina declared. “Steve Felahis worked for Destination Canada for over 21 years and was a big supporter of SITE SouthEast and loved by so many. He was a great man with a wonderful sense of humor and a gentle heart”.
A colleague who worked with Steve at the Canadian Tourism Commission said: “Stevie and I were colleagues for many years at CTC. He would light up a room with his big smile, good humor and that Southern accent of his. He always spoke so lovingly about his wife, Annette. Steve made an impact on people and they were better and happier for having known him".
Another work colleague added: “I worked with Steve for many years and he was the kindest and one of the most gentle men I’ve ever known. He would always find the best in every situation and he would always make us laugh. He loved his family and he loved his friends with all his heart. He made his mark in the world and he will be greatly missed!”
Steve was born on June 15, 1948 in Binghamton, New York to the late Gus and Molly Felahis (Sakezles). He graduated from Southwest Miami High School in 1966 and from Auburn University in 1970 with the degree Bachelor of Aviation Management. In 2014, Steve retired from the Canadian Tourism Commission where he was based in Atlanta, Georgia as Director, MC&IT Sales Development. He was a lifetime member of the Georgia and the North Florida Chapters of MPI Association, the SKAL Club in Atlanta, and SITE-Southeast Chapter.
Steve was also a member of Auburn University Alumni Association and Grand Haven Golf Club. In 2016, he and his beloved wife, Annette, moved to the Palm Coast Area where he was able to enjoy playing golf, riding his red bicycle with mag wheels, going to the beach and starting his day by visiting Dunkin’ Donuts or Friends Café where he was known to share a good story and lots of laughter. Steve will always be remembered as “Mr. Wonderful” armed with a big smile and a warm friendly greeting.
Deepest condolences on behalf of the entire SITE Global community to Steve’s family, colleagues and friends, especially his loving wife Annette.
May he rest in peace.