Michael Kakulas died on June 1 aged 101, the last of the three Kakulas brothers Stavros and George to pass away.
Three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren survive him.
His nephew Evan Kakulas said his legacy would continue to live on through the Kakulas Brothers store which was opened in 1929 by Michael’s father.
‘The store and food reflected the needs of the big Italian and Greek communities in the area when it first opened,’ he said.
‘But now of course the demographics have changed and people are far more health conscious.
‘The shop still has the ethnic background but it has evolved into a health focus.’ Evan said his uncle had a focus on giving back to the community.
‘He had a beautiful saying that he got from my grandmother ” the Kakulas family have to make money so they can give it away,’ he said.
‘History will remember Uncle Mick as kind, charitable, diligent, both at the shop and at home, always honest and having very solid principles and morals.’
Evan said Michael was an important member of the Greek Orthodox Church of St Constantine and Helene in Northbridge, where the funeral service was held on Thursday, June 5.