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Getting a gravestone in Cyprus

Postby ampleaphrodite » Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:16 pm

Good afternoon everyone and I hope we're all enjoying the heat!

I need help with getting a headstone for my father's grave at Erimi Cememtry, near Limassol, please.

So far, the only people I can find to do the stone and the surround is Archangel, but they only work in granite. Father particularly wanted ordinary stone, rather than marble or granite and it will need to be engraved properly with wording and the RAF insignia (I have official permission for this).

Can anyone give me some contacts to try, please? Googling draws a complete blank. Does anyone know of a 'monumental mason'?

Thanks

Deborah
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Re: Getting a gravestone in Cyprus

Postby Tim Drayton » Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:24 pm

Dear Deborah,

I am in exactly the same boat as you, since both my parents are buried at Erimi and I want to get headstones made. It would appear that the company Archangelos/Archangel has the market totally stitched up in Limassol as far as funerals and all ancillary services go. I have been in touch with Keith Shonfeld, the administrator of the Erimi cemetery, and he says the only other people who may be able to help are the following company in Nicosia, who apparently can do work in Limassol:

G & P Melas (George Melas)
Tel: 22253010
Mob: 99447323
Email: gpmelas@cablenet.com.cy

I have been asking around about local monumental masons for a long time, and have drawn a complete blank. It would appear that Archangelos and the above Nicosia-based firm are the only options.

Perhaps if you hear of anything else, you could post the details here. It would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Getting a gravestone in Cyprus

Postby ampleaphrodite » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:21 am

Many thanks, Tim. I'll get in contact with Melas.

I mooched around the cemetery a couple of weeks agao and picked up some phone numbers from the back of some of the more recent graves with decent stonework. So far, I'm not having much luck with contacting them, but I'll let you know if I do.

We actually used Othello from Nicosia for father's funeral, as a result of him having bought a funeral plan through the company Golden Leaves (who are very good, by the way). Othello were supposed to keep a sum back for the provision of a simple headstone - we've now asked how much it is and what we can have for it and they're trying to tell us that the simple wood crosses, which are provided by the cemetery as part of their charge, are said 'simple' memorial. Hey ho, the joys of working with Cypriot companies ....

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Re: Getting a gravestone in Cyprus

Postby ampleaphrodite » Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:14 am

Hi again, Tim.

I've just had this reply from Melas, who look pretty switched on:

Dear Deborah,



Thanks for your email.

You are very precise as to what you want and that makes it a lot easier.

I would recommend we meet so I can show you a few ideas and stone shapes.

I have no problem meeting with you at your place in Souni. There I can bring with me all the info you might need so we can finalize exactly what you need.

This way I will be able to give you an exact price.

What is the most suitable day and time for coming week to meet at your place. There you mum as well can see and decide.

Regarding the RAF engraving is no problem. We have done it in the past.



Waiting for your reply,

Kind Regards,





Pavlos Melas

AAS in Mortuary Science (USA)

Member of the British Institute of Funeral Directors

Member of the European Association of Embalmers, the British Institute of Embalmers and the American Society of Embalmers



for G & P MELAS Funeral Directors

8 Aglantzias Avenue, 2108, Nicosia, CYPRUS

Tel: +357 22 25 30 10, Fax: +357 22 25 3014, Mobile +357 99 86 21 11

www.cyprus-funerals.com
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Re: Getting a gravestone in Cyprus

Postby Tim Drayton » Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:57 am

ampleaphrodite wrote:Many thanks, Tim. I'll get in contact with Melas.

I mooched around the cemetery a couple of weeks agao and picked up some phone numbers from the back of some of the more recent graves with decent stonework. So far, I'm not having much luck with contacting them, but I'll let you know if I do.

We actually used Othello from Nicosia for father's funeral, as a result of him having bought a funeral plan through the company Golden Leaves (who are very good, by the way). Othello were supposed to keep a sum back for the provision of a simple headstone - we've now asked how much it is and what we can have for it and they're trying to tell us that the simple wood crosses, which are provided by the cemetery as part of their charge, are said 'simple' memorial. Hey ho, the joys of working with Cypriot companies ....

Regards

Deb


That sounds like a good idea. I will try that myself. Thanks.
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Re: Getting a gravestone in Cyprus

Postby mick953 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:00 am

hi could you send me the contact number for the place you used as my grandad died in 2008 and is buried at the same place i have just landed back in the uk today and started looking and also how long did it take to make as i would have to head back over to sort it out thanks mick
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Re: Getting a gravestone in Cyprus

Postby ropaco » Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:51 pm

Hi Deborah or others,
Did you get any luck with a simple gravestone. I am looking fro a reliable company who is willing to make and place a simple gravestone with engraving.
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Re: Getting a gravestone in Cyprus

Postby Tim Drayton » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:29 am

We had gravestones done for our mother and father by the Nicosia company I mentioned above. I am reasonably satisfied with the work. If you can get hold of one of the two people who tend to the British cemetery in Erimi, there is a local person whom they hold in high regard and they will pass on his contact details - in fact, I think there is a business card on the notice board at the cemetery.
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Re: Getting a gravestone in Cyprus

Postby Tim Drayton » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:15 pm

Another possibility worth checking:

Andreas & Lukas Kleanthous
Monumental Masons

Episkopi, Limassol

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