Konstantinos Gialopsos (1957 - 2017)

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We are saddened to announce the passing of Kostas Gialopsos on Sept. 20, 2017, at the age of 60, after a brief but courageous battle with leukemia.
Kostas - known lovingly as Kochees by family and friends - was born on May 24, 1957, to Stelios and Verdiki Gialopsos on the small Ionian island of Corfu, Greece, in the village of Prinillas. His youth was spent working the farmland alongside his family, fishing in the magical bay of St. George, and riding his motorcycle and tractor through the narrow streets of the island. In his late teens, Kostas traveled to Lagos, Nigeria, following work opportunities as they came, followed by a stint in the Greek Army in his early twenties. Throughout his formative years he developed friendships on Corfu that have lasted the years despite the distance.
In 1981, Kostas decided to follow work opportunities again to join his sister, uncles, aunts and cousins who had previously arrived and opened businesses in Alaska. With nothing but the clothes on his back and a determination to succeed, he became a self- made businessman opening restaurants of his own in Anchorage, Alaska, in the early 1980s. He eventually settled in Cordova, Alaska, and owned the successful and beloved Italian restaurant and pizzeria, Ambrosia.
At 42, he became a father to Stelios, who is now a commercial fisherman and shares his father's values of hard work, honesty and a smile that welcomed a thousand friends and countless patrons. Kostas' pride for and love of his son was evident in every interaction you had with him.
Honesty was Kostas' greatest virtue. What you saw was what you got with him, and you never wondered where you stood. He was never afraid to laugh but never felt the need to laugh at anyone. At 6'4" his physical size and big personality filled any room, but beneath a rough exterior hid a warm and gentle heart that those that loved him will miss dearly.
Kostas is survived by his son, Stelios Gialopsos of Cordova; and his sister, Eugenia Gialopsos of Corfu, Greece; as well as countless family members and friends in Anchorage, Cordova and on the island of Corfu.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at Wells Fargo in the name of Kostas memorial account, or cards may be mailed to the Gialopsos Family at P.O. Box 639, Cordova, AK 99574.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19, 2017