DIMITRIOS Tsimiklis was just a teenager when he met his wife Tanja.
They worked at Safeway at The Pines Shopping Centre in East Doncaster, and it was love at first sight when they laid eyes on each other.
Two years later — the week before “Dim’s” 19th birthday — they married.
Now their families fear the worst. Two bodies have been found at the Tsimiklis’s Kinglake property and there has been no word from them since the inferno swept through.
The families are anxiously awaiting confirmation about the identity of the bodies.
Dim Tsimiklis, 35, and Tanja, 39, moved to Kinglake four years ago.
“They loved the life, loved the country,” Mr Tsimiklis’s sister Theoni said yesterday.
“They liked the simple life. They were very happy there — the happiest they have ever been. They would have wanted to try to protect their property and their animals.”
Ms Tsimiklis believed her brother and his wife would have contacted their families if they were alive.
Theoni, Mr Tsimiklis’s only sibling, is three months pregnant with her first child.
“I’m sad they will never get to see the baby but I’m glad they knew about it and were looking forward to it,” she said.
Mr Tsimiklis was a truck driver and mechanic and his wife a dog groomer.
Tanja Tsimiklis’s family are also mourning the loss of other family members in the horror fires.
Her cousin Natasha Davey died at Kinglake, along with her husband Rob and daughters Jorja, 3, and eight-month-old Alexis.
Theoni Tsimiklis described her brother as a man of few words, who always put his wife first.
She said Tanja was bubbly and always talking.
“She could talk the leg off a chair,” she said.
“It’s going to be very quiet without her.”
Source: HERALD SUN
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