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Errikos Constant

April 15, 1931February 8, 2019
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Errikos Constant, age 87, of Okemos, Michigan, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2019. He was born on April 26, 1931 in Nicosia, Cyprus to Demetrius Constantindis and Theodora (Mitsidou) Constantinidis.

Errikos (known by friends as Errik) spent his first 17 years in Cyprus. He yearned to see the world and bravely left his family for the United States, arriving by boat in Staten Island where he followed a cousin to Modesto, California where he attended Modesto Junior College for 2 years. He then traveled back across the country to Philadelphia where he attended the University of Pennsylvania. Errik earned a degree in Dentistry and began studying oral surgery. He then served as Captain in the U.S. Army for two years, practicing Dentistry and saving money to attend Albany Medical College in New York. After earning his medical degree, he then attended the University of Michigan as a resident in General Surgery and completed a fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In 1969, he was married to his beloved and devoted wife, Manya, where together they moved to Philadelphia to start their lives. After six months, they moved to Okemos where they would settle and raise their family.

Dr. Constant was an accomplished surgeon. He maintained a private practice for over 30 years where he was able to focus on helping people overcome disease and disfigurement, operating on countless congenital defects such as cleft lips and palates, cancer removals, and facial and hand reconstructions. He was Co-Founder and Director of Sparrow’s first Burn Unit. He served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at both St. Lawrence and Sparrow Hospitals and was a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at MSU. He served as President of the Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgeons and was elected to many other state and national boards. Unable to accept retirement at age 70, he went to work as an in-house plastic surgeon for Dr. Messenger, where he remained in practice for another 10 years. During this time, he took many trips with his wife and their friends to places such as China, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Alaska and Russia in addition to their annual trips back home to Cyprus where they enjoyed visiting with family and friends.

Errik will be remembered as a man of great intellect, gracious manner and uncompromising integrity. While Errik was completely committed to his career, he was also known as a gentleman, not only in the hospital amongst colleagues and staff, but amongst his local community and friends. He was a proud member of AHEPA, the American Medical Association, the University of Michigan Alumnae Association and was a strong supporter of the arts, including Kresge Art Museum and the Wharton Center. He was also a devoted husband and father, always supporting his children and encouraging them to obtain a good education. Errik loved tennis, reading, classical music and spending time with friends, family and his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Manya (Georgiades) Constant, his three children, Nadina Constant (Chicago), Dimitri Constant (Boston) and Marianna (Constant) Perakis (Troy), son-in-law, Peter Perakis, and five grandchildren, George, Justine, Errikos, Nicholas and Tina Perakis, his sister, Liana Bleicher (Germany) Special thanks to Beth Brancels (caregiver) who showed endless patience, true compassion and love to Errik. Also thank you to the dedicated staff at Ingham County Medical Care Facility who provided excellent care and support to Errik and his family the last few years.

Visitation at Gorsline Runciman East Chapel, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, Sunday, February 10 from 6-9 p.m. with a Trisagion Service at 7:30.

Funeral service at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1701 E. Saginaw St., Lansing, Monday, February 11, at 11 a.m with a luncheon immediately following in the Church Event Center. All are welcome. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1701 E. Saginaw St., Lansing, MI 48912 or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.greastlansing.com.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 10, 2019
  • Trisagion Sunday, February 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

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Nancy Hill

February 18, 2019

My roommate and I were young nurses at Northville State Hospital when Errikos was a Resident at the University of Michigan. We invited him and another Resident for dinner at our apartment and then went bowling for an hour or two. One of my favorite pictures of him was while he was wearing an apron up around his chest as he helped do dishes! Always the gentleman, he wasn't too good to help with cleanup! He talked a lot about his family back in Cyprus, as things were very unsettled there at the time.
As I have lived in Lansing for many years now, I tried to keep up with his progress in the medical profession and heard nothing but good things about him!
My heart goes out to his family; they and the medical world have lost a great man who always put others first. I was very proud to be called one of his friends, though it was many years ago. He was just as kind and thoughtful as anyone could
possibly be.

Britta Svoren

February 13, 2019

Manya, Nadina, Dimitri, Marianna,

I was saddened to receive the new of Errik's passing. He was my godfather, and I have nothing but the fondest memories of him. Despite his excellence as a physician/surgeon, it is perhaps his humility that I will remember the most. He was gentle, kind, and caring. The world was a better place for having him in it. My deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Love,
Britta

Jeff Heightchew

February 13, 2019

Dr. Constant was a wonderful doctor during the worst 6 weeks of our life, when our 18 month old daughter was burned 42 years ago. He saved all her fingers and hand after the accident. We will be forever grateful for his compassion during those 6 weeks in the hospital. His daughter was the same age at the time.
Our condolences to the entire family during this difficult time. We consider him the best of the best.
-Jeff and Kathy Heightchew-
-daughter Jennifer Heightchew-

Kina Schlosser Kocsis

February 11, 2019

Dr. Constant was such a gentleman. I was blessed to know Errikos, Manya & the children having babysat for Marianne, Nadina & Demitri when they were very young. The world is a better place for having Errikos Constant in it. Sincere heartfelt sympathies to the family....may God bless you all!

Penelope Soteriou

February 11, 2019

Dear Manya, Nadina, Dimitri and Marianna,
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Bill and I have very fond memories of Errik. Over the years our meetings in Lansing, Montreal, Cyprus and Ireland were enriched with discussions on literature, culture and politics. He was a truly cultivated gentleman and we feel lucky to have known him.
Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Bill, Penelope, Margaret and Louisa

Eugene Gray

February 10, 2019

I grew to know Errikos well during our tennis sessions. He was not only a good and indefatigable tennis player, but a well-educated individual. We had many deep conversations about history and literature. I was very sorry to see him have to drop out of our group. My best wishes go out to his family.

Kathleen Simpson

February 10, 2019

Dr. Constant did my son's cleft palate/lip repair, as an infant, 40 years ago, and 17 years later, some related nose repair. On our first visit, Dr. Constant said, "What a beautiful baby boy you have!" That comment meant the world to my husband and me. So many people looked at him with sadness. Dr. Constant saw potential and put us at ease that all would be well. My son is a handsome man thanks to Dr. Constant's expertise & especially empathy! His bedside manner was second to none. A wonderful man.

Jean Shane

February 9, 2019

What a dear man and fearless tennis partner/opponent! We miss you Errik and cherish our memories of time on the court. May God bless you, Manya, and your family. With love...Jean

Derek Svoren

February 9, 2019

Manya, Nadina, Dimitri, Marianna:

We were so sad to see the news about Errik's passing. All of us in the Svoren family have profound memories of him as a man devoted to his family, and to his mission.

Errik was a skilled and disciplined surgeon - possessing all the narrow focus that requires. But he was also possessed with an inexhaustible interest in the world outside his field. Above all, he was an excellent human being, deeply concerned with the welfare of his fellow human beings.

It's hard to describe how big a void his passing leaves in the world - but it will not be filled easily, if ever.

We're all so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to you and the wider family.

Love From Minnesota,

Derek, Maya, Greta, Signe

Emilios Antoniades

February 9, 2019

Errik was the brother I never had. Our fathers were first cousins, who grew up together in Nicosia, Cyprus until they went to college. Unlike them we hardly knew each other in childhood, because we lived in different cities and had no family cars. It was college that brought us together 8,000 miles away from home at the unlikely city of Modesto, California – our stepping stone to the universities of our choice. We lived on campus of the Junior College , were together every day for a year, and talked endlessly. That's how we bonded. Since then we have never lived again in the same city. But we have kept seriously in touch with visits, correspondence and phone calls. We seemed to want each other to know what we are up to and have each other's tacit approval. There is so much to recall that he will be in my thoughts for ever.

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Biography

Errikos Constant, age 87, of Okemos, Michigan, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2019. He was born on April 26, 1931 in Nicosia, Cyprus to Demetrius Constantindis and Theodora (Mitsidou) Constantinidis.

Errikos (known by friends as Errik) spent his first 17 years in Cyprus. He yearned to see the world and bravely left his family for the United States, arriving by boat in Staten Island where he followed a cousin to Modesto, California where he attended Modesto Junior College for 2 years. He then traveled back across the country to Philadelphia where he attended the University of Pennsylvania. Errik earned a degree in Dentistry and began studying oral surgery. He then served as Captain in the U.S. Army for two years, practicing Dentistry and saving money to attend Albany Medical College in New York. After earning his medical degree, he then attended the University of Michigan as a resident in General Surgery and completed a fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In 1969, he was married to his beloved and devoted wife, Manya, where together they moved to Philadelphia to start their lives. After six months, they moved to Okemos where they would settle and raise their family.

Dr. Constant was an accomplished surgeon. He maintained a private practice for over 30 years where he was able to focus on helping people overcome disease and disfigurement, operating on countless congenital defects such as cleft lips and palates, cancer removals, and facial and hand reconstructions. He was Co-Founder and Director of Sparrow’s first Burn Unit. He served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at both St. Lawrence and Sparrow Hospitals and was a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at MSU. He served as President of the Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgeons and was elected to many other state and national boards. Unable to accept retirement at age 70, he went to work as an in-house plastic surgeon for Dr. Messenger, where he remained in practice for another 10 years. During this time, he took many trips with his wife and their friends to places such as China, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Alaska and Russia in addition to their annual trips back home to Cyprus where they enjoyed visiting with family and friends.

Errik will be remembered as a man of great intellect, gracious manner and uncompromising integrity. While Errik was completely committed to his career, he was also known as a gentleman, not only in the hospital amongst colleagues and staff, but amongst his local community and friends. He was a proud member of AHEPA, the American Medical Association, the University of Michigan Alumnae Association and was a strong supporter of the arts, including Kresge Art Museum and the Wharton Center. He was also a devoted husband and father, always supporting his children and encouraging them to obtain a good education. Errik loved tennis, reading, classical music and spending time with friends, family and his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Manya (Georgiades) Constant, his three children, Nadina Constant (Chicago), Dimitri Constant (Boston) and Marianna (Constant) Perakis (Troy), son-in-law, Peter Perakis, and five grandchildren, George, Justine, Errikos, Nicholas and Tina Perakis, his sister, Liana Bleicher (Germany) Special thanks to Beth Brancels (caregiver) who showed endless patience, true compassion and love to Errik. Also thank you to the dedicated staff at Ingham County Medical Care Facility who provided excellent care and support to Errik and his family the last few years.