Reverend. Father Savas Christos Constantinou
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Norfolk - Reverend Father Savas Christos Constantinou, 82, of Norfolk, fell asleep in the Lord on Wed., Jan. 2, 2013 in his residence with his loving family at his side. He was a native of New York City and a resident of Norfolk since 1942. He was the son of the late Christos and Sophia Constantinou and was preceded in death by his brothers Andrew and Gus Constantinou and John Stanton. He was a graduate of Granby High School and served his country in the United States Army and was a Veteran of the Korean War. He married Athena Pallas in May 1964.
Fr. Savas was a member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral and formerly served as an Acolyte, Choir member and Sunday School teacher. Following his military service he served as the parish Sexton/Custodian, Parish Council member and Parish Council President. He held local, Diocese District and National Senior GOYA leadership positions as well.
He entered Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 1956 as a seminarian in order to pursue the Holy Priesthood. In 1975 under the spiritual guidance and recommendation of Father Charles Goumenis, Father Savas began to prepare for ordination to the Priesthood, achieving that milestone on Feb. 6, 1976. The officiating Bishop at his ordination was His Grace Bishop lakavos of Catania. He was appointed as the Diocese Youth Commissioner for the Eastern Virginia District and subsequently named a member of the New Jersey Diocese Youth Commission.
Father Savas served from 1976 to 1995 as a Priest with a lay profession at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Norfolk, Va., supporting the ministries of the parish and working as Parish Youth Director. In 1992, Metropolitan Silas of New Jersey conferred upon Father Savas the Offikion of "Economos." In 1997, Father Savas began assisting at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Virginia Beach. In 1998 he became Assistant Priest and Youth Programs Director and served in that capacity until 2004 when he was appointed Proistamenos of the St. Nicholas parish. In 2005, Metropolitan Evangelos of the New Jersey Metropolis bestowed upon him the Offikion of "Protopresbyter". Fr. Savas was also employed as Assistant Advertising Director for Grand Furniture in Norfolk from 1966-1992.
Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Presvytera Athena of Norfolk, his daughter, Presvytera Renee and her husband Reverend Father Michael J. Lambakis of Houston, Texas, his sister Mary Kypros of Norfolk and his grandchildren; Andrew Michael and Nicholas Savas Lambakis.
Fr. Savas will lie in state for visitation at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Virginia Beach, Va., 621 First Colonial Rd, 23451, on Mon. Jan. 7, 2013 from the hours of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A Trisagion Service will be held at 6:30 p.m.
A Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Tue., Jan. 8, 2013, with Orthros at 8:30 a.m. and Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tue., Jan. 8, 2013 at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 7220 Granby St. Norfolk, Va. 23505. Services will be conducted by Rev. Fr. Nicholas Bacalis; Metropolis Vicar of Southern Virginia, Very Rev. Ambrose Bitziadis-Bowers, Rev. Fr. Nicholas C. Triantafilou, Rev. Fr. Constantine Rogakos, Rev. Fr. George Chioros, Rev. Fr. John Manual, Rev. Fr. Jon Emanuelson, Rev. Fr. Paul Pappas and Rev. Fr. Michael J. Lambakis. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Virginia District Orthodox Christian Charities, 621 First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach, Va. 23451. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk chapel is handling the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at hdoliver.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 5, 2013