Vale Stan (Sotiros) Halkeas
Well known Sydney printing identity Stan Halkeas – who built and ran a major print business in the latter half of last century – has died, aged 91.
Halkeas founded Halkeas Printing in 1960, building it from humble beginnings to become a significant player in NSW with 50 staff on its books. It began in Taylor Square before moving to its Chippendale location.
The general commercial printer was a major supporter of the Greek community, and a big contributor to the Greek Orthodox Church, not always invoicing for the many jobs it did for the church.
Halkeas sold the business just after the GFC in 2010 to Sydney commercial printer Lyndsay Yates, which was then bought by Whirlwind six years later.
Stan Halkeas followed a typical post-war migrant path. Coming from a tiny Greek island, Sikinos, then setting up and growing a business here. He was known as a family man, a reputable businessman, for his generous spirit, and for his love of fishing.
Stan was farewelled at a private ceremony at St George's Greek Orthodox Church on Monday.