Kanlis died on the evening of February 12. He owned the popular Fame Diner on Grand Avenue, where customers stopped by to offer their condolences for the man they’ve known for years.
Kantlis ran the family business alongside his son Johnny. Johnny spoke of how the father of four and grandfather to 12 loved his family, friends and the entire neighborhood.
“He was a pioneer and an icon in the community,” he said. “He was friends with everyone in the diner, everyone who worked here and all of the customers.”
Johnny described his father’s personality as charismatic, caring and loving.
A wake was scheduled for Tuesday, February 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Lloyds Funeral Home, 214-43 39th Avenue, in Bayside.
His funeral will be on Wednesday, February 18, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthrodox Church, 196-10 Northern Boulevard, Flushing.