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Jerrett Funeral Homes - St. Clair Chapel

1141 St Clair Ave West, Toronto, ON

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Constantine X Poulos

March 3, 1940January 5, 2020

Constantine X. Poulos passed away on January 5, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with his loving wife Della Knoke by his side.

He was predeceased by his parents Chris and Amelia Poulos and sister Mary. He is survived by his older brother George. Constantine leaves behind his adoring wife of 27 years, Della Knoke, his beloved children, Aeschylus and Alexandra Poulos and their spouses, Sonya and Kevin; and his grandchildren, Daisy and Cecilia Poulos.

Constantine was born on March 3, 1940 in Sioux City, Iowa. He came to Toronto in 1972 with his first wife, Linda Nye, to pursue a post-doctoral fellowship in psychology at the University of Toronto. He subsequently enjoyed a distinguished career as a Senior Research Scientist in the field of addictions, at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto.

Constantine had a keen intellect, sharp wit and an insatiable curiousity. He loved science, politics, philosophy, jazz, cats and baseball and welcomed healthy debate about any of those topics. Constantine was cherished for his broad-mindedness and his loving, generous, funny and playful nature. His passing leaves those who knew him bereft of his kindness and wise counsel. He will be loved, deeply missed and forever remembered.

Family and friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 1141 St. Clair Ave. W. (1 block east of Dufferin) for a Memorial Visitation on Friday January 10, 2020, from 6 pm to 9 pm. Cremation has taken place privately. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Constantine to Unicef or Oxfam Canada.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Friday, January 10, 2020

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Jon Younger

January 12, 2020

Constantine was a dear friend and mentor to me as a grad student in psych at UT and while we lived in Toronto. He was a lovely man, a powerful intellect, and an important scholar. I’m so glad I had the chance to know him and to see him just a few years ago.

Joel Dressler

January 10, 2020

Shortly after their son, Aeschylus was born in Iowa City, Constantine's mother came down from Sioux City, Iowa to visit them for a week or two. During this time, I went over to visit them a few times. One evening I went over to their apartment and walked in while Constantine and his mother engrossed in a card game. "What's the name of the card game you're playing," I asked him. "Oh, I don't know. Just some peasant game she enjoys playing. As Mrs. Poulos understood little English, she paid no attention to our chatter but studied the playing cards in her hand. Suddenly she slapped down the cards in her hand on the table and exclaimed in Greek, "Ώπα! Μου κέδισα όλα τα χρηματά σου στά χαρτιά!" [Oops! I just won all your money in cards!] It was then I noticed a small pile of dollar bills on the table. The two of them had been gambling and Mrs. Poulos was cleaning his clock! I then understood why he seemed to be annoyed. But then Mrs . Poulos shoved all her winnings across the table to him. "No!," he protested, "Do you think if I had won, I would've given the money back to you?" In the end, as I recall, Mrs. Poulos succeeded in giving his money back.

Joel Dressler

January 10, 2020

Shortly after Aeschylus was born in Iowa City, Constantine's mother came down from Sioux City to stay with them a week or two and I went over to visit them a few times. One evening I went over to their apartment when Constantine and his mother were playing this card game. "What's the name of the card game?," I asked him. "Oh, I don't know. Just some peasant game she enjoys playing," he said in annoyance. As his mother understood little English, she wasn't paying any attention to our chatter but studying the cards in her hand. Suddenly she slapped down her hand of cards on the table and exclaimed in Greek, "Μου κέρδισα όλα τα χρηματά σου στα χαρτιά!" [I just won all your money in cards!] It was then I noticed a several dollar bills in the center of the table. The two of them had been gambling and Mrs. Poulos was cleaning his clock! Then Mrs. Poulos said for Constantine to take his money which she had won from him and began pushing all her winnings over to him. "No!," he began to protest. "If I had won, do think I'd give back the money I won to you?" If I recall correctly she succeeded in giving back his money.

Peter Gibson

January 10, 2020

Our thoughts are with you and your family Aeschylus during this sad time.

Peter, Jane, David and Lou

Tanya Di Rienzo

January 10, 2020

I remember Constantine's knowledge and advice were instrumental to keeping us sane while our father was in the ICU a few years ago. Thank you, Constantine. We shall miss your kindness and wisdom.

Our deepest condolences to Knoke, Aeschylus, Alex, Daisy and Cecilia. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

The Di Rienzo family

Kathryn Hoover

January 9, 2020

Linda, Con, and I were driving somewhere (I think to Beloit?? where I went to college) in Iowa or Wisconsin. We'd packed or picked up some food, among which was a bowl of potato salad. We decided to stop in the countryside to have a picnic in a field. So we parked, maybe climbed over a fence (?), spread out the food, and started eating. Across the field we saw some cows appear. They became curious and headed toward us. Of course, we were not farm folks and knew nothing about cows except that they give milk and are really LARGE animals. As they neared, we had no clue what they would do so we of course were frightened and decided we needed to get out of there fast! We tore back towards the car leaving everything behind ( I mean they could have KILLED us, right???)....So we're terrified and screaming with laughter the whole time while the cow (s) inspected the picnic scene, stepped into the potato salad, and ruined all our stuff. We laughed about that for years.

Linda's sent her memory of this which I think is more accurate: "Kathy...I have the same vivid memory of the cow putting her hoof into the potato salad. It splattered all over the place but didn't break the bowl.

HOWEVER, I remember that we weren't afraid of the COWS who are gentle creatures. It was when the BULL started approaching that we scrammed. Ha ha still makes me laugh."

Deborah Nye

January 9, 2020

I have so many memories of time spent in the past with Constantine. I always enjoyed his wit, intelligence, and kind compassion. He was a refreshing air of calm and humor when he entered our family life when I was 15, and he was in his mid-20's. I will treasure the more recent memory of a night of socializing at Aes and Sonya's place on one of our visits to Toronto when he was making merry, but will also never forget that he came through for me at a critical time in my life that directly affected its course. I am so sorry for his loss. May he rest without pain from here on out, and may our memories of him console us, his friends and his dear family.

Bill Corrigall

January 8, 2020

I have great memories of the interesting, thoughtful, and yes occasionally very funny, man who for a number of years was in the office next to mine at the Addiction Research Foundation. Discussions with him always provided a welcome perspective; it was always rewarding to talk to him. My sympathies are with Della and Constantine's family.

Jim Harkiss

January 8, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Della and Family

Janet Greeley

January 8, 2020

Constantine was my PhD supervisor back in the 1980s. I have fond memories of him for his kindness, intelligence and great sense of humour. He always made me feel better when things went wrong. I was thinking of him just the other day. He came to Australia once and he, my husband, Colin, and I took a trip on a house boat up the Hawkesbury River just north of Sydney. We stopped at a restaurant along the river for lunch and were having such a good time we were late heading back to the dock. This meant we had to navigate the river in the dark - not a good thing in foggy conditions. Constantine stood out on the bow of the boat with a torch (flashlight) watching for other boats and shouting back directions to me, who was standing on the side of the good ship “Stella” relaying Constantine’s navigational advice inside to Colin who was driving. It was a long trip back, but we had a great laugh about it once we landed safely. A weekend I’ll never forget. Sincerest condolences from Janet and Colin.