Diamantis J. Pateras and his wife Kalliopi of the Pantelis Lyras family, as well as their children Ioannis, Panagos, Pantelis, Stephanos, Katingo, Kostas and Nikos, originated from Oinousses, Chios. Since the late 19th century, the family had been contributing to the flourish of both Greek and International shipping in a significant and defining manner, due to the effective and efficient moves it had made in the field of shipping. Those were defined by intuition, prudence, consistency and effectiveness.
The family has played and continues to play a significant role in Greek society overall, as, apart from its successful course in the field of shipping, its members were nurtured with Greek and Christian principles and values to which they have adhered throughout the years.
Their love for fellow human beings and their homeland, as well as their love for their country and the deep consideration towards people of the sea have always been key principles of the Pateras family members.
As a result, their beneficence came out subtle and discreet.
The outlook of the Pateras family members on social and humanitarian welfare could be summed up in the words of the elder son of the family.
«My parents taught me that the money we earn in life is only borrowed and, for this reason, we ought to return it to society and the people of labour in need»