Constantine “Gus” Bolaris 90, fell asleep peacefully in Orlando, Florida on January 22nd. He is pre-deceased by the love of his life, his wife Fifi (Photini) for 60 married years, and his older sister Chrys (Chrysanthe). He is survived by his son Emmanuel Dean, his wife Anna, younger siblings Despina (Dee) Kapourales, her husband Sam, Stephen Bolaris and his wife Valerie, three Grandchildren Maria, Constantine and George, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
A devoted family man, born in 1931 from Pittsburgh, Pa., he was a “depression era” baby of immigrant parents from Chania and KontoMarie, Crete, Greece. He spent the first 8 years of his life in the segregated “Hill” district of Pittsburgh, before moving to the suburbs, he learned the equality of all people, value of hard work, saving and entrepreneurship having started working in his fathers “Kafenio” from the age of 8 after school. Growing up as the stereotype “over smart” short Greek, he started wrestling and track his Junior year of High School and ended as an undefeated Pennsylvania state wrestling champion and a dance competition winner on multiple occasions. Always a fearless competitor, he graduated PreLaw from Pitt University, worked in the family commercial Paint Contracting business with his father until his service with the First Army AirBorne in the US Army command offices in Germany and as an interpreter. Following his service he worked 20 years in the Federal Government, as a business consultant and retired at age 50.
In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to one of his favorite charities, the St. Basil Academy and Orphanage, 79 St. Basils Road, Garrison, NY 10524. stbasil.goarch.org 845-424-3500 in Memory of Constantine Bolaris
9:00-10:00 am Viewing at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando 1217 Trinity Woods Lane Maitland, Fl. 32751
10:00 – 11:00 am Service to follow the viewing.
11-12:30 Makaria at the Bolaris Residence 7911 Thurmond Court Winter Park, Fl. 32817 1:30 pm Burial will be at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery 5525 US Hwy 1 Mims, Fl. 32754
For those unable to attend the service. The service will be Livestreamed at htgocorlando.org