Christopher Zafiris Vamvakias
Christopher Zafiris Vamvakias
  • January 18, 1944 - November 29, 2017
  • Spring, Texas

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Christopher Zafiris Vamvakias

Christopher Z. Vamvakias went to meet his loving creator and those who have preceded us in this life on November 29, 2017.

Chris was born on January 18, 1944, in Portland, Maine. In 1947, his family moved to Houston, Texas, and settled in Cloverleaf where Chris attended school, graduating from Galena Park High School in 1962. Chris attended college at Georgia Tech University and University of Houston and worked at Karm Repair Company, Maxey Road Lumber, Concept Woodwork Corporation, before opening his own general contracting company Construction Services Group with life-long friend and business partner Bob Welker. He was active in multiple professional associations including: NARI, GHBA and the Remodelers Council.

Chris enjoyed hunting, shooting, riding his four wheelers and especially spending time outdoors appreciating nature. Starting at an early age, he had a passion for helping others and bringing people together. His inclusionary love for all was evident in the way he always put others before himself and opened his home to those in need. Chris was a man of tremendous faith. He put his complete trust in God and knew in his heart that God has a plan for each of us.

He is preceded in passing by his father, Zafiris Vamvakias; mother, Malama Vamvakias; son, Kevin C. Vamvakias; brother, Nicholas Z. Vamvakias; sister-in-law, Tina A. Vamvakias; sister-in- law, Barbara A. Vamvakias; nephews, Jeffery N. Vamvakias, Paul N. Vamvakias, Jeffrey P. Vamvakias; and several other Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

He is survived by his daughter, Nicole Vamvakias, and son-in-law, Damon Knox; wife of 7 years, Barbara E. Vamvakias; daughter, Claudia Sears, and son-in-law, Greg Sears; son, Daniel Lager, and daughter-in-law, Cheryl Lager; brother, Jim Z. Vamvakias; nephews, Jeffrey J. Vamvakias and Gregory J. Vamvakias; brother, Plutarch Z. Vamvakias; sister-in-Law Tina P. Vamvakias; and niece, Christine Waldron; nephews from Nicholas Z. Vamvakias: Gary N. Vamvakias, Mark N. Vamvakias, Brian N. Vamvakias and Byron N. Vamvakias; cousin, Nicholas P. Vamvakias, sister-in-law, Carol Vamvakias; niece, Mary Kate Moran; and nephew, P. Nicholas Vamvakias.

Chris's request was that we not mourn his passing but instead celebrate his life and the wonderful family and friends we are blessed to have. He will be greatly missed by all of us whose lives he impacted. May his memory be eternal.

Visitation will be held at St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Christian Church (7202 FM 2920 Spring TX, 77379) on Monday, December 4, 2017 from 5:00 PM- 7:00PM with the Trisagion Service from 7-7:15pm. Light refreshments will follow in the church Fellowship Hall.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00AM on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Christian Church (7202 FM 2920 Spring TX, 77379) with burial to follow at Forest Park The Woodlands (18000 I-45, Conroe TX, 77384) at approximately 11:30 AM. A Mercy Meal and Celebration of Life will be held in St Anthony's Fellowship Hall at approximately 12:30PM. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the Mercy Meal, even if your schedule does not allow you to attend the Visitation or Funeral Services.

Flowers or Donations: If you would like to send flowers, please send them to Forest Park The Woodlands (18000 I-45, Conroe TX, 77384) by no later than 1pm, Monday, December 4th. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
MD Anderson Cancer Center
P.O. Box 4486
Houston, TX 77210-4486

Please include that the gift is in memory of Christopher Vamvakias.

Website:, when using the website please select the give in memory tab and under the billing information please select the checkbox that says I would like to choose where my donation goes. Once selected, please select the Fund designated by family option (Acute Palliative Care) from the dropdown box. If you need any assistance or would like for MD Anderson to process the donation on your behalf please call 713-792-3450 or 1-800-525-5841.