Theophilus "Ted" Kaklis, 71, of Cape Coral passed away with his family by his side Saturday April 13, 2013, at his home under Hope Hospice care. He was born July 1, 1941, in Kittanning, Pa., to John & Elizabeth Kaklis. He graduated from Kittanning High School in 1959. He attended the University of Miami and later earned his undergraduate degree in business from the University of South Florida and his masters in business administration from Barry University. He married Eleni Reppou in 1961 in Kittanning.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Eleni of Cape Coral; one son, Dino (Nicole) Kaklis, and their two children, Isabella and Gabriella, all Charleston, Ill.; one daughter, Tina Kaklis of Huntersville, N.C.; one brother, William (Vickie) Kaklis of Palmetto, Fla.; two brothers-in-law, Dimitri (Elfetheria) of Niki, Greece, and Nikos (Soteria) of Volos, Greece; sister-in-law, Niki Reppou of Larisa, Greece; and multiple nieces and nephews.
Theophilus “Ted” Kaklis
Known for his many contributions, Mr. Kaklis was a leader regarding the growth and development of the city of Cape Coral and Lee County for more than 30 years. He spent over 20 years in city government in various roles in Human Resources and city management and was instrumental in establishing the city of Cape Coral Employee Pension Plan. He was a primary member of the teams that founded Coral Oaks Golf Course, Sun Splash Family Waterpark and multiple youth sports complexes around the city. He most recently spent the last 15 years of his career as the personnel director for the Bonita Springs Fire Control/Rescue District and in the insurance industry as an enroller and sales consultant. He was always highly regarded as a fountain of information and knowledge in his business acumen by friends, coworkers and customers alike pertaining to employee benefits, insurances of all kinds, contract negotiations, arbitration, employee and government relations. He was also a past president (1982-1983) and Honorary Lifetime Member of The Florida Public Employer Labor Relations Association, otherwise known as FPELRA.
As well regarded as he was for his contributions to the growth and development of our city, his greatest pride and passion were his two children and athletics. He began coaching in 1979 and over the years as a Pop Warner Football coach and a Little League baseball coach, helped shape and influence the lives of hundreds of youth in our area. He was a dedicated supporter of organized athletics, a staunch supporter of the Bishop Verot High School athletics, and embodied the true meaning of team and competitive spirit. He was a loyal and humble friend to many as well as a dedicated, caring family man whose laugh, smile, and kindness will be missed greatly by all.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, April 17, from 6-9 p.m., at Fuller Metz Funeral Home, 3740 Del Prado Blvd., in Cape Coral. Burial will take place in Worthington, Pa., later this week.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the American Cancer Society, Hope Hospice or a youth athletic association in your area. Please visit www.fullermetz.com to view Ted's Life Tribute and share a memory or condolence with his family.