Constantine "Gust" Stavros Afentul
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Passed away unexpectedly on the evening of Feb. 11, 2014. Born in Canton, Ohio, on
Oct. 8, 1931, and lifetime resident, Gust was preceded in death by his parents, Stavros and Agape (Beoglos) Afentul. A graduate of Canton McKinley, class of '49, he also attended Kent State University. As a young man, Gust proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force, 7300th Materiel Control Group stationed at Châteauroux-Déols Air Base in France, serving with the allies during the Korean War. Gust had many lively and amazing stories of his time, that have taught his grandchildren many lessons. He visited many world cities, including the Holy Lands, Christ's tomb, and what amused the grandchildren were the photos of 'Papou' on a camel in front of the great pyramids of Egypt. Gust was preceded in death by Margarita, his wife of over 51 years, whom he met while briefly stationed in Greece. He had seen her portrait in the window of a photography studio, and the rest as they say, is history. Margarita always loved teasing that the first words out of his mouth were "Will you marry me?" Other than his parents, Gust was preceded in death by his beloved older brother George Afentul (Henrietta) of Vero Beach, Fla.; nephew, Fred Afentul (Kay) of Jacksonville, Fla.; and various aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is survived by his two daughters, Mary Mitsos (Dr. Angelo), their children John, Constantine 'Dino' (Nicole), and Emmanuel of New Castle, Pa.; also surviving is Helen Boone (Leo) and their daughter Alexandra Rita-Marie of Crownsville, Md.; his grandchildren were the apple of his eyes, and to them he was 'Papou' (Grandfather); Gust is survived by his sisters, Parthena 'Bertha' Maragakes (George) of Exton, Pa., and Helen Dimos (George) of East Canton; also surviving are numerous beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. Gust was a friend to everyone, and well-known by many in Canton - especially to the Red Cross, who was on a first-name basis with him for being an avid donor. Gust received the title "The Life Giver" for donating over 99 pints of blood to those in need. He was a lifetime member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, The Holy Trinity Men's Club, Senior's Club, and a participant far and above the call of duty, with the annual Greek Festival at the Canton Civic Center, and as a former employee of Sears, was a member of their group. To close friends and family, he was known as 'Coke, or Uncle Coke.' He loved his Coca Cola! Gust was very kind hearted, and always lent a helping hand. He will be forever loved and truly missed.
Friends will be received on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Rossi Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. at church. Trisagion services will be held at 5:00 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. Funeral Services will be on Monday at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church with Rev. Dr. Daniel Rogich officiating. Interment will be in North Lawn Cemetery. For those who wish, donations in memory of Gust Afentul can be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
Published in The Repository on Feb. 15, 2014