In Loving Memory of Constantin Gus
Bousalis 1927 – 2007
On February 22, 2007, after a short illness, Constantin Gus Bousalis passed away peacefully with his children and their spouses at his side at Evanggelismos Hospital in Athens, Greece. Gus had always been a fighter and a survivor however, the pneumonia he had was no match.
He is predeceased by his wife Effie who passed away in 1991. He is survived by his children and grandchildren: Demetra and (Philip) Vassilopoulos of Birmingham, Alabama and Theodore and (Tassie) Bousalis and their sons Constantine and Pavlos of Vancouver, BC. Also, he is survived by his sister Anastasia Anagnostaki of Niata, Greece.
Gus was born in Niata, Greece in 1927 and immigrated to Canada in 1957 for a better life. Alcan brought Gus to Kitimat in 1963 and this is where he called home for the next 29 years. He married Effie in 1969 and they created a warm and loving family. Gus loved Kitimat for its scenic beauty, its cultural diversity, and its quiet lifestyle.
At Alcan, he worked in the lines as a potshell repairman and from 1973 to 1992 he worked as an industrial welder. He was a hard worker who always got the job done. He was both respectful and respected by those with whom he worked.
In 1991, just one year short of Gus’ retirement, Effie passed away. Gus never lost sight of his goals and dreams, those being a better life for his son and daughter. In 1992, he moved to Surrey joining his university-aged children. During his retirement, planting, gardening, and traveling regularly to Greece were activities Gus really took pleasure in.
We should celebrate Gus’s life as he enjoyed it fully. He reached milestones which gave him great happiness and satisfaction. Gus was a noble man, a wonderful and devoted husband and father and a beloved grandfather who will be greatly missed by family and friends alike. Memories of his kindness, warmth and strong inner strength will live on in the minds and in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
A Memorial was held on March 24, 2007 at
St. George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 4500 Arbutus Street,
Vancouver, BC at 10:15 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Diabetes Association.