In Memoriam: Faye Spanos – a life of kindness and philanthropy

Faye Spanos

1926 – 2018

“The entire Spanos family is heartbroken to announce the death of the family’s matriarch, Faye Spanos, who passed away peacefully at age 92,” on August 7, 2018. “Faye was the essence of grace, compassion, humility, and kindness. Her devotion to her family and her deep faith in God guided her throughout her life. Faye was a blessing to all who knew and loved her,” the San Diego Chargers’ statement said.

“The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco conveys our sincere condolences to the entire Spanos family upon learning of the passing of, Faye Spanos. Faye was the epitome of grace and generosity. She illumined a room when she entered with her inner beauty, her giving heart, and her genuine kindness,” stated His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. “There are many things I will miss about Faye, but most especially her vision and commitment to the Church. Living her faith was a priority and it shone through in all her good works.”

“The NFL family is saddened by the passing of Faye Spanos, the light and rock of the Spanos family. Faye was a woman of faith, compassion and dignity who inspired her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren as well as countless friends and extended family,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“We extend our deepest condolences to Alex, Dean, the entire Spanos family and the Chargers organization. Family meant so much to Faye, and she was a wonderful partner to Alex for 70 years on a lifelong journey marked by their service and generosity to people throughout their beloved state of California.”

Beloved wife, mother to four children, grandmother to fifteen grandchildren, and great grandmother to ten, Faye lavishly nurtured them all with love, attention, and support. Faye married the love of her life, Alex, in 1948. As their family grew and their business prospered, Faye shared their good fortune first with their large extended families and then with their community. Faye’s generosity and kindness matched her husband’s, and together they became benefactors and philanthropists for the Church and greater community including schools, children, the arts, hospitals, and people in need.

Faye Spanos’ Greek name “Fotini” derives from the Greek word for light. Throughout her life, Faye has been the light and rock for Alex and for her family. She brought balance, encouragement, faith, support and love to her family. Faye’s legacy to her large family and to those who knew her and loved her was her multitude of kindnesses and her fathomless compassion.

As reported in the Stockton Record: Faye Papafaklis was born in 1926 in Tarpon Springs, Florida, to recent Greek immigrants Nikitas and Despina Papfaklis. According to the Spanos family, Faye was 3 years old when her mother died, and a stepmother died when Faye was 15, leaving her to care for her father and a younger brother.

Faye and Alex Spanos married in 1948 and would have marked their 70th wedding anniversary on Aug. 21. The couple raised four children in Stockton as Alex Spanos built a billion-dollar real estate empire. Alex Spanos also purchased a National Football League team, the then-San Diego Chargers, which is led by their son, Dean.

Faye Spanos will be missed terribly by her family and by all who knew her.

it was announced that His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America  would attend and participate in the services, along with His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas of the Dardanelles representing the Mother Church and His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. All services would be held at Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church, 920 W. March Lane in Stockton, CA.

Upon request of the family, memorial donations may be made to one of the following charities: Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center, c/o Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, 245 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 or the Stockton Scholars Endowed Fund at UOP, University of the Pacific, ATTN: University Development/Stockton Scholars Endowed Fund, 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95211.

May her memory be eternal.



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