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I am saddened to report that controversial M6Board member George Kokovinis (GKINVEST) has died. I received word from his loving wife Aphroditi that George suffered a massive heart attack and died before he made it to the hospital. His funeral was 15 days ago.

He had health problems (mainly his heart) for a number of years and often said that he could die anytime. He had planned to come to the U.S. to see some specialists a few years ago, but this never came to pass.

Along with some other Board members, I met George and Aphroditi in Spain in 2011 at an M Power event.

By his own admission, George was at times hot tempered. He had his supporters and critics here on the Board. He was also a great source of information. He made 2,399 posts and received over 3000 "Likes".

His collection of exotic cars was always a discussion topic here on the Board (sometimes their existence/ownership was questioned). We will probably never know the true extent of his collection (which he said was an investment as well as his hobby).

At times here on the Board, I agreed with George and he considered me a friend. Other times as a moderator, I had to tell him to back off when his anger got the best of him and he made unacceptable comments. And he did not consider me a friend at those times. He saw friendship in black and white terms based on personal loyalty more than the facts of a given situation. And friendships which came and went over time. Such was his nature.

I'm not here to defend or attack him. But I know that he did contribute a lot to the Board in the non-angry times. And having met his wife, I know that Aphrodite was a loving and supportive wife. And she is a very nice lady who is going through a tough time. A few years ago George and Aphrodite lost their only (adopted) daughter after a long battle with leukemia. She was just 11. So Aphroditi surely is in a sad place right now.

So regardless of how you choose to remember George, please do consider Aphroditi. If anyone who wants her (actually George's) email address to express condolences, just shoot me an email: Mark AT MarkCarson DOT com.
 

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Mark, thank you on behalf of all members for informing us of George's passing. Set aside personality idiosyncrasies, George was a long time contributor and gracious host to many of us that had the pleasure of breaking bread with he and Aphrodite.

He's probably in his favorite all time car racing around a heavenly track right now.

God bless him.

-Allan


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This is truly, truly saddening. George was a straight shooter and offered honest advice. I'm saddened that he parted the forum on less than amicable terms and even more so that he parted this world. His passion for life was apparent in his postings and although I never had the chance to meet him, respected him for his contribution to the forum.

Rest easy George.
 

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As a newbie only a year and a half ago, George communicated with me not only on this board but personally as well. I was trying to meet with him on one of my trips to Europe but it never worked out. Now it never will and I feel like I have missed something I shouldn't have.

For all the controversy his hot temper and at times "mythical" cars may have caused, to talk with him on the phone or exchange personal emails with him was truly a joy.

I will (and have missed) his sense of humor here and everywhere else.

George, I hope the car waiting for you at the pearly gates is worthy of you and your big personality.

With a sad heart...

Jim
 

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I am truly saddened to hear of George's passing. George and I communicated off-line as well. He reached out to me on some personal issues, and I feel blessed to consider him a friend.

I never had the pleasure of meeting his wife, Aphrodite, but he always extended an open invite to my family to break bread, to share some single malts, and to drive any of his "mystical" cars during our travels.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Aphrodite.

Rest in peace, my dear friend George.

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Hi Mark, thanks for letting us know of George's passing.

Mark's post is spot on. George and I became really good friends, but he was hot tempered and when I disagree with his statements he had said some harsh words that hurt me. However, deep inside he was a good man. George is one of the kindest and most generous person I have ever met.

He has always invited me & my wife to his vacation home in Geneva to see his collection of cars, all expenses paid, but I always politely decline for my own reasons.

God bless you George. I will see you up in heaven one day.

Dan
 

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Wow. I am shocked and saddened by this news and there is not a lot I can add to what has already been said. George was sometimes shockingly sensitive and opinionated but at the same time, if you were his friend, he was very loyal.
I suspect that his somewhat volatile nature was responsible for his heart condition, but he was never one to back down or away from a little tussle, and when the moderators would ask him to chill, he'd threaten to quit the board. more than once if I recall and I often wondered what was the "last straw" for him but after he left, he never came back. George was larger than life and his posts and threads, though not always accurate in my mind were highly magnetic and had to be read.
I guess we'll never know if he had all those cars but I think he did for sure.

God bless him, and his loved ones.

Bill
 

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Controversial or not.....car collection or not.....I respected George and the knowledge and advice he shared. Thus, for a man I never met I am truely shocked and saddened by his passing. I can only hope that heaven has cruise nights where he can continue to share his passion with other enthusiasts. RIP George....you will be missed!!

 

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Shocked and saddened to hear of his passing :sad3: May have ruffled a few feathers on here but he was always respectful and provided good advice to me when I needed it.

May he rest in peace.
 

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my condolences to his family and may he rest in peace
 

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I only had a few posts back and forth with George, but I can firmly say that they were very positive. He was opinionated, but I couldn't personally say I disagreed with him after contemplating his POV. I know he was well respected and loved on this board for his overwhelming generosity and was more than eager to help other members whenever they needed it.

RIP George. I hope you're in a much better place now. :angel:
 

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It has been a while since I have visited the board, and it is with a heavy heart that today I'm here because of George's passing.

I was one of the few who had the good fortune of meeting George and Aphrodite at the M event in Spain. I had had exchanged a few messages prior. He invited bother my wife and I to share dinner with Mark, Dan, Milton and others for which we were very appreciative.

That same kindness and approachable nature continued past our meeting, extending an open invite to visit. He will certainly be missed.

RIP George
 

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My name is Aphrodite. I am the widow of late George Kokovinis.
It is 7:30 am here now and I was searching to find this site and see if my wish, expressed to Mr. Carson was fulfilled.
I know I am using my late husband's account. Correct or not I have no other way to get in touch with the community that my late husband
adored for four years.
I do not know most of you.
Thank you all for the kind words and respect towards my late husband.

I could write pages about the "bulldozer". Life with him for 18 years has been at least fascinating.
The Wikipedia he had in his head, his mind spinning to unbelievable rhythms, and his 50 years ahead visions he had, were his main characteristics.
My late husband had a lot of plus and a lot of minus in life.

I took the liberty to write here a few words, because I knew that it was a relief for him to spend time with this community.
George loved to help. Two thousand, yes two thousand children have food, water, medicine, a church, a school and a small hospital
sue to our continued efforts over the years.
And they will continue to have them.

I read some comments, not so complimentary for my late husband.
I apologize if he saddened people here. BUT HE WAS NOT A LIAR. He never lied in his life.
As someone said, he was a straight shooter. He opened his mouth and served everyone with his thoughts, good or bad.
But he was no hypocrite and not a liar.

Thank you all for reading my sayings. Thank you for being my husband's friends. Thank you for providing a shelter for him during his difficult nights.

Be well all of you.

Aphrodite Kokovini

P.S. Mr. Carson, you know nothing about my late husband. Such detailed criticism ( good or bad ) over a dead person, is of very low taste.
With all respect sir.

Another difficult day starts without the "bulldozer"
 

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I am sorry to hear about his passing. Although controversial he will be missed. I hope you find peace and healing Aphrodite.
 
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