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Christ G. Marinakis , Age: 91
June 05, 1929 -- January 24, 2021

Christ G. Marinakis, passed away at age 91, after a living a full life with many accolades and accomplishments. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Constance Marinakis, nee Skontos; devoted children Lea (John) Comet, Dean (Christine) Marinakis, and Jana (John) Tranas; seven cherished grandchildren; and brother, George (Stacy) Marinakis.

Christ combined his talents and brains with an unrivaled work ethic to succeed. Having immigrated to the United States as a young man from Parthenion, Tripolis, Greece, Christ proceeded to graduate from the University of Illinois in 1955 majoring in accountancy where he was awarded the Bronze Tablet (the highest academic award at the University) and induction into Beta Alpha Psi honor society for accounting. Upon graduation, Christ proudly served in the US Army in South Korea. Following his military service, he earned his C.P.A. license and worked for the Illinois Department of Revenue, Internal Revenue Service—initially in the income tax division and subsequently the estate tax division. He then obtained a position with the C.P.A. firm of Touche, Niven, Bailey & Smart (a forerunner of Deloitte) while attending John Marshall Law School at night. He graduated third in his class in January 1964.

Christ and George first opened their law firm of Marinakis & Marinakis in 1967, and proceeded to work zealously and tirelessly on behalf of their many clients in a wide variety of legal matters for the next 45 years of legal practice, retiring as of the end of 2009. Among his noteworthy achievements, Christ obtained over 20 Illinois Appellate Court decisions as well as handling a case that made it all the way up to the Illinois Supreme Court. There, the Court ruled in favor of his client, reversing the judgment of the appellate court, and in the process recognized the validity of “judicial liens” in the State. The case was featured in a front-page story by the Law Bulletin newspaper shortly after it was decided.

Christ was very active and an enjoyed an exemplary reputation within in the legal and Greek-American communities of Chicagoland. Many sought his sage advice and respected his intellect, humor and his sterling reputation for honesty and fairness. He was fondly remembered by those who he helped out along the way.

Christ was proceeded in death by his parents, Constantine and Persefoni Marinakis, and his older brother, Vasilios.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Chicago (annunciationcathedralchicago.org). Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, funeral service and interment will be private. 

Condolences

Stathea P FLEVARIS January 31, 2021

friend Chicago , Illinois

Dearest friend Connie, Our condolences to you and your family are beyond words. He was a great guy and a mentor to younger men who had always sought his advice. You and your children should be as proud as we are to have known Chris as a friend as well as those who had him as a client. Nick and I will always have a close loving feeling for Chris. May his Memory be Eternal! May your children follow and grandchildren follow in his footsteps of honor and integrity that followed Chris throughout his life. He will be missed by those who honesty and integrity were the keynotes of their lives. Love you, Nicholas and Cookie Flevaris


Dominick & Christine Vassos February 01, 2021

Enter your relationship with Christ G. Marinakis Addison , Illinois

We are sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Chris. We express our deepest condolences and are praying for your family at this difficult time. May his memory be eternal. Love, Dominick and Christine Vassos



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