OBITUARY

Gus Stathis

Passed away on December 21, 2012
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Gus Stathis, originally of Oak Lawn, Illinois, at almost 100 years of age, passed away peacefully near his home in Clearwater, Florida on Friday December 21, 2012 after a long struggle with kidney dialysis. Beloved husband of the late Mary Stathis and father of the late James Stathis, he is survived by his daughter, Georgia Stathis of California and his grandchildren Alexandra and Constantine ‘Gus’ Nunes, James, Timothy and Meghan Stathis and great grandchild Brennan O’ Boyle Junior. Loving brother to the late George Stathopoulos who is survived by his wife, Toula and their son Dr. George Stathopoulos and family, Mr. Stathis left many nieces and nephews as his legacy. His fervor for life kept him optimistic until the very end. The last surviving sibling of eleven brothers and sisters, Mr. Stathis came from extreme poverty with nothing but an obsessive focus on fulfilling his dream of becoming an American citizen. He left Greece in September 1939 leaving behind everything he knew. He served in both the Greek and US military serving as a medic in New Guinea. He loved both his countries keeping close ties to both until the end. Starting out as a dishwasher and a busboy, he moved into the restaurant business and then found real estate, then became a builder and then a land developer. Later he became a member of the Chicago Board of Trade. As his businesses grew, he fulfilled his imperative of raising the consciousness of his Greek Heritage within the American mindset while still honoring his American Citizenship. He was a major philanthropist supporting many charities, one of which was the recently opened National Hellenic Museum where he and wife Mary contributed the Library Wing. He established a seat for Greek History at the University of South Florida and supports many Greek Orthodox churches, schools and organizations. He believed that anything was possible and never stopped believing that until the end. The Florida viewing is on Thursday, December 27, 2012 between 4 pm and 7 pm at Serenity Gardens Moss Feaster at 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL. His final resting place is at Evergreen Park Cemetery in Evergreen Park, Illinois whose funeral is on Thursday January 3, 2013 after the evening viewing on Wednesday January 2, 2013. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the National Hellenic Museum of Chicago, Ss. Constantine and Helen Church and St. Spyridon Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois as well as Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Clearwater, Florida, or your own local Greek Orthodox Church.

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Steve Tsagaris

November 20, 2013

We think of Gus often and remember his kind and brilliant ways. May his memory be eternal.
Steve Tsagais Family

November 19, 2013

Gus Pantelides

November 19, 2013

Georgia,

On behalf of the entire AHEPA Family of Clearwater, please know that Brother Gus has left a lasting legacy and will be forever in our memory.

Respectfully,

Brother Gus Pantelides
President
Pinellas Chapter # 356

Georgia Stathis

November 18, 2013

One year memorial for Gus Stathis will be Sunday Dec 15, 2013 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Clearwater, Florida.
Church services begin 10 am. Memorial prayers at end of service.

January 21, 2013

Dear Georgia,
Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of our beloved grandfather and uncle.
Kalliopi Stathopoulou Triantafyllou
George Triantafyllou
and daughters Eleni and Euaggelia

January 19, 2013

Dear Georgia,
Our deepest condolences for the loss of our beloved uncle and grandfather. Athanasia Stathopoulou and family.

ANASTASIOS STATHOPOULOS

January 13, 2013

GEORGIA WE SEND OUR SYMPATHY ,ME AND MY FAMILY ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM IN GLYKORIZI AND FILIATRA ,MANY KISSES .

Spyros Demperdemidis Chrysavgi Zerva

January 13, 2013

Dear Georgia ,
We are sending you our deepest sympathy for the loss of our beloved Grandfather!!! We will always remember him.

Hamilton Lewis

January 8, 2013

Dearest Georgia,
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the passing of your Dad.
I pray that God will grant you strength, peace, and grace as your experience takes you to a higher place.
Hamilton Lewis - Houston, TX

January 8, 2013

Dear Georgia: Gus was indeed a treasure who will be sorely missed. I will forever regard him as a friend as well as a benefactor, and will do my best to honor the Stathis family in all my professional activities.

With great respect,

William M. (Bill) Murray
Mary and Gus Stathis Professor of Greek History
University of South Florida

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