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Gus Mastrokostas

February 24, 1934 — January 7, 2024

Toronto

 

MASTROKOSTAS Gus,
 
It is with great sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing of Constantin (Gus) Mastrokostas, on January 7, 2024, at the age of 89, after a 5-year struggle with dementia. He was surrounded by his loving family, caring PSW’s and a wonderful medical staff. Born in Nafpakto, Greece February 24, 1934, to his mother, Πρεσβυτέρα Maria Mastrokostas, and his father Ιερός Spiridon Mastrokostas. Gus was one of seven siblings that he adored.
 
He leaves behind his immediate family, Kathy, George, Constantina, Peri Venetis, and his beloved Apollo.
Gus was quite the character. He was strong-willed and stubborn at times, but also had a generous heart and an eccentric sense of humor. He was clever and well informed with knowledge gained through all his life experiences.
During his lifetime, Gus developed countless hobbies, one of them being working on and fixing cars, if he could get his hands on a set of tools, you could find him under the hood of a car. He was referred to as “the fix-it guy” and liked to dabble in remodeling homes. He brought each house to life by adding character and his personal touch to each one.
The news was also a great interest to Gus, watching intently as he made sure he was staying informed of all the current affairs, both in Canada and Greece. There was never a news story that Gus missed. He also loved getting his hands on all national geographic books and would spend hours reading, especially about animals. Gus loved writing creative and somewhat funny stories and poems. He had numerous notebooks everywhere, showing off his innovative flare and penmanship.
Despite all his hobbies, nothing gave Gus greater joy than the time he spent with his family in Greece every summer up until his 84th year.
 
He loved all animals, but his canine companions were very dear to him, and held a special place in his heart. Gus always found the time to feed every stray that crossed his path, especially while he was vacationing in Greece.
Most definitely, Gus took fashion cues from no one. His signature every day look was all his: a plaid shirt, with a pen always tucked inside the shirt pocket, elastic waist shorts worn below the navel, not because he was trying to make a fashion statement, but because his hernia bothered him. He also sported a pair of old school open toed sandals, (who can even remember where he got those?) that were always paired with a motor oil-stained baseball cap.
Plus, let’s not forget the “classic toothpick” hanging from the side of his mouth. If it wasn’t in his mouth, it was behind his ear. We would find toothpicks everywhere, and one time one fell out of his mouth and landed in the crevice of the seatbelt in the car. Well, we couldn’t use the seatbelt until we were able to get the toothpick out. Quite the character indeed.
Gus was a strong believer in his Faith and always put his family first. He was taken from us far too soon, but he leaves behind a legacy and a lifetime of memories that will forever be in our hearts.
He will be dearly missed, and we ask that you join our family in remembrance and celebration of his life.
 
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Society, York Region.
 
905-726-3477
Funeral arrangements :
Visitation: Monday, January 15, 2024, from 10:30am-11:30am.
Saint Panteleimon, Anna, and Paraskevi.
11323 Warden Ave, Markham, ON L6C 1M9.
Funeral service: Monday, January 15, 2024, from 11:30pm-12:30pm.
Saint Panteleimon, Anna and Paraskevi.
11323 Warden Ave, Markham, ON L6C 1M9.
Burial service: To follow Funeral Service to say our final goodbye.
ELGIN MILLS CEMETERY & FUNERAL CENTRE.
1591 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill (east of Leslie St., 905-737-1720) for more information
Lot 33 plot 1735
Enter from the Leslie entrance.
A memorial luncheon will be held on February 11, 2024:
St. Panteleimon Greek Orthodox Church of Markham.
11323 Warden Ave., Markham, ON L6C 1M9.
 
Please R.S.V.P to Kathy Venetis on 416-930-9627.

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