Ceridwyn Pitoulis

Obituary of Ceridwyn Dorothy Pitoulis

February 24, 1934 – Vermilion, Alberta

June 16, 2024 – Calgary, Alberta


It is with deep sorrow yet celebration, that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Ceridwyn Dorothy Pitoulis (nee Williams), on Sunday, June 16, 2024, at the age of 90 years in Calgary, AB.


Ceridwyn was born to Welsh immigrants, David and Annie Williams on February 24, 1934, on a small rural farm in Vermillion, Alberta (spirited people). She is survived by her children, Thomas (Ann), David, and Evangelia (Peter); her grandchildren, Terry (Janine), Stephanie, Marianna, Luigi, and Antonio; and her great-granddaughter Lauren.


She met her husband Eleftherios (Lefty) in Edmonton where they fell in love, and they were married on July 11, 1957. His work as an aeronautical engineer took them to the United States and then to Greece. However, the urge to return home found them opening the Athabasca restaurant in Jasper in 1979, where their welcoming nature and hard work ensured it was a town favourite.


After her husband’s death in 1984, Ceridwyn moved to Calgary where she continued to grow and give love. Working at Self Connection Bookstore, she developed another community practicing Kundalini yoga and meditation, speaking very highly of the people she met at the Ashram in BC and Radha house in Calgary.


She loved to spend time with her family and said that her children and grandchildren were the light of her life. She gave the best massages, and everyone lined up for their turn. Everyone loved her cooking, even though she didn’t think she was a great cook. She made the best Yorkshire Pudding and mastered many Greek dishes such as avgolemono soup, melomakarona, and crème caramel. She also enjoyed reading, playing cards, and Scrabble.


We have many fond memories of her that will help fill the void of her passing. We will remember her determination to keep going and never give up, especially when life was difficult. She often told us that she would put us in the light if we were down or struggling with something, so we shall put her in the light now and forever remember her kind and compassionate spirit and her love for her family.


In the toughest of times

She was the kindest of kind.


Always good humored, forgiving and wise.

The greatest of Grandmothers,

The nicest and most loving Aunt

Welcoming all.


If we could live up to half of her intentions, hopes, and love

we would be special.


Very dearly missed and always in our hearts and thoughts.


Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed with Ceridwyn’s family here.


In living memory of Ceridwyn Pitoulis, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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