December 18, 1937 – October 18, 2019
Gus Karris, 81, passed away Friday morning, October 18, 2019. Gus is preceded in death by his parents, Serafeim and Asimina Katergaris. Gus is survived by his wife Helen of 52 years, daughters Emmy Karris and Julia Karris Scordalakes, son-in-law, Constantine Scordalakes, and grandchildren Eleni and George. Gus was a loving father, husband, grandfather, and friend to everyone.
Gus was born in Paparousi, Greece on December 18, 1937. He worked as a police officer in Athens for several years and in 1967 he moved to the United States and eventually settled in Charlotte, NC where he started work at a restaurant. He eventually went on to open his own restaurants and worked hard for his family and his customers, hardly ever taking a vacation.
As an avid cook, Gus loved to make people happy with his food and his jokes. Gus would wake up very early in the morning to smoke barbecue in a pit he designed himself or during special celebrations, he would prepare traditional Greek style rotisserie lamb, watching it cook for hours until it came out perfectly. He was also a devoted gardener, always producing lots of vegetables which he shared with his family and friends. As a talented fisherman, some of the fondest memories of him by his family and friends include fishing with him on the pier which was one of his happy places. He also enjoyed breakfast and the kafeneio with his friends.
Gus connected well with folks of all ages on the social front and had more friends on Facebook than those around him. He always found a way to make others feel special.
Gus loved his family and friends and would always do whatever he could to please them. He strongly believed in living life to the fullest, promoting love and peace, and above all, the importance of being a good person.
A special thank you to Mely, Nino, Seini, Leini, Rhonda, Chandra, Anna, Xanthi, Kelly Markiewitz, BlueDot Cares, and Hospice & Palliative Care of Charlotte for their loving care and support throughout the past year. The family would also like to extend gratitude to the Ellington Funeral Home for their assistance through this difficult time.
The Karris family will greet friends from 10: 00 AM until 11:00 AM on Tuesday, the 22nd of October 2019 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The Trisagion and Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 AM in the Cathedral. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
May His Memory Be Eternal.
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