THE FUNERAL of Patroclos Stavrou – a close associate of Archbishop Makarios and a long-time fixture at the presidential palace – who died on Saturday aged 81, will be held at the Theou Sofias church in Nicosia on Wednesday.
Stavrou held the title of Undersecretary to President under four presidents, starting with Makarios in 1963 and ending during the presidency of the late Glafcos Clerides in 1993.
A writer, editor and columnist, Stavrou was the first Cypriot to be awarded by the Academy of Athens in 1969 for his book on the poet Kostis Palamas. He was a prolific author.
For 40 years of his life he also promoted the works of Greek writer and philosopher, Nikos Kazantzakis – author of Zorba the Greek – to which he held the copyright. Stavrou was legally adopted by Kazantzakis’ widow in 1982 and inherited the copyright in 1995.
Stavrou was born in Nicosia in 1933, graduated from the Pancyprian Gymnasium, studying philosophy at the University of Athens.
During the period 1957-1960 he served as assistant to Archbishop Makarios and in 1960, after Cyprus became independent he was appointed Director of the Office of the President of the Republic, and in 1963 he was appointed Undersecretary to the President, a post he held until June 1993, four months into the Clerides presidency.
Stavrou suffered a stroke in 2011 and had been in ill health since.
The funeral will be held at 2pm.