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Bargas, Chris
Chris Bargas, age 94, of Trumbull, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 19, 2014, at his home with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of 76 years of Rose (Cordone) Bargas. Chris was born in Lowell, MA on December 22, 1919, son of the late Athanasios and Lemonia (Kiourkas) Bargas, and three years later he returned with his mother and brother to their native Greece where he spent his formative years. Chris came back to Bridgeport in 1929, where he left school to work during the great depression. He married Rose and as a young adult worked as a hammer operator for Heppenstall Steel in Bridgeport before he enlisted in the US Navy and served in WWII. Chris served with distinction as a 40mm anti-aircraft gunner on the Aircraft Carrier USS Franklin in the South Pacific. He returned with honor in 1945 with 7 battle stars and a purple heart. Upon his return he opened Midway Luncheonette with his wife in Bridgeport. In 1954 he opened Capitol Realty Co. and worked as a real estate broker. He began a construction and development company that grew beyond Fairfield county to include New Haven county, Broward and Palm Beach counties, Florida, and real estate holdings in Puerto Rico. He was an original investor in the Claridge Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, and the producer of the 1961 feature film, Antigone. Over the years, Chris developed miles of roads, thousands of homes and condominiums, as well as building three golf courses, including Hillandale Country Club in Trumbull, Oronoque Village in Stratford, and Whitney Farms Golf Course in Monroe. He loved the creative process of developing land from scratch, and working with everyone involved to realize his vision. He was also a devoted family man who loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and close friends. He is the beloved father of Thomas Bargas and his wife Pamela George and James Bargas and his wife Gertrud Leuwer. He is the cherished grandfather of Lisa Bargas, Jamie Bargas, and Jill Bargas-Gold and her husband Bruce, Chris B. Bargas and his wife Jennifer Condren, Stephanie Bargas, and Elke Bargas, and great-grandfather of Jack and William Fitzmaurice, Eleni Alexandra Gold, Amelia Rose and James William Bargas. He also leaves a sister-in-law, Antoinette Caselli, several nieces and nephews, and his closest of friends, James Cormier. Chris was predeceased by his brother John Bargas. Friends may greet the family at the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road, Shelton, on Wednesday from 4 to 8 PM. On Thursday, friends are invited directly to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 4070 Park Ave, Bridgeport for a Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow at Nichols Farm Burial Ground in Trumbull. Memorial contributions can be made to Folds of Honor, 5800 N. Patriot Drive, Owasso, OK 74055 or through the funeral director. Offer condolences online at www.riverviewfh.com.




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Published in Connecticut Post from Oct. 20 to Oct. 21, 2014.
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October 28, 2014
Deepest sympathy on your loss.
Paul & Judy (Tucciarone) Miller
October 27, 2014
Chris built our house on Hillandale Terrace in Nichols 55 years ago. He was always a gentleman. RIP
October 26, 2014
Dear Jim, Tom and Family - We are so sorry for your loss. Chris was a very trustworthy person, always a man of his word, and a man of character. I truly enjoyed knowing him on both a personal and business level.
Sincerely, Ron & Donna Renz
October 23, 2014
Dear Elke and family,we are so sorry to hear of your loss,you are all in our prayers
MaryAnn roscoe
October 23, 2014
to all the bargas family you have and we have lost one of frontiers in ffld county came in as a lay person left as a great man if only we could all do that god bless him and his family
October 23, 2014
To the Bargas family, the Matthews family sends our condolences to you'll during this tough times. May God continue to watch over and help you through the passing of your father.RIP POP BARGAS
Wes Matthews
October 23, 2014
With deepest sympathy to the Bargas family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead...(Psalm 5:1).
JG
October 22, 2014
To the Bargas Family - Our sincerest sympathy.
Dick and Donna Reynolds
October 22, 2014
Dear Bargas Family,
We are very sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed the times we spent with Chris. May his memory be forever eternal! ?????a ? µ??µ?! Eonia i Mnimi!
Christos & Mary Patsiarikas
October 22, 2014
Aunt Rose, Jimmy, Tommy and family, Richard and I would like to send our heartfelt condolences for Uncle Chris. I remember my father talking about the help he gave him and the others through the years.
janice and richard auddino
October 22, 2014
Dear Jim, Tom and Family, We have lost a legend. A man whose word and hand shake was better than any contract. He will be missed.
Fred Salvati
October 22, 2014
Dear Jim
I am very sorry that your dad passed away. I know you loved him just like I love my father God bless
charlie saulnier
October 22, 2014
Dear Rose, Tommy, Jimmy and the entire Bargas family, my sincere condolences. Chris was a wonderful man, friend and such a gentlemen. I will truly miss him and know that he will live on in each and every one of you since his love for his family was so strong. I am so sorry that I will miss the services. Thinking of him today and may he rest in peace.
Marianne Davenport
October 22, 2014
Jim and family,
So sorry to hear of your fathers death. He certainly had a huge positive effect on so many communities and peoples lives. Let's hope he is in a better place looking down on us. I will keep all of you in my prayers.
My Best Always,
Kevin Eisenman
Kevin Eisenman
October 22, 2014
Dear Bargas Family
Sorry I cannot be with you today but I am physically unable to. My heart will be there in spirit. He was a great person
Red Saulnier
Red Saulnier
October 21, 2014
In 1961/62, my late mother, Joan Caselli, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma while pregnant with me. My Uncle Chris was the pivotal and life changing coordinator that through his connections, gave her exposure to doctors at Sloan Kettering, the NYC Cancer Center that, ultimately, saved her life. I have always credited Chris and my grandfather Cosimo (Chris' Good Friend) with saving my mother's life and thereby mine. Without his connections and involvement and support, I would not be typing this note of gratitude and recognition. Thank you Uncle Chris. I will always love you so.
Christa
October 21, 2014
Dear Rose and Family, I worked for Mr. Bargas years ago.I started working at the Hillandale Country Club,Oronoque Golf Course and Whitney Farms Golf Course. Chris was such a wonderful person.He made sure that his employees was greatly appreciated and made us fill like part of his own family.Please know that the family is in my prayers!
DEBBY GALLO
October 21, 2014
Chris you were always a man of vision and my presence with you was like going to college without paying tuition and getting the finest education that helped me grow in the construction field. You're sadly missed but will be always remembered by those that spent so much time in your company. You were gifted in so many fields and could have easily been an economic professor. Cut me out a place in Heaven but keep it small and simple because it could always be sold in a bad market. Your nephew Timmy Tsoupas, my step brother, and my friend Jim Cormier will always remember you .
Roger Spinelli
October 21, 2014
Dear Chris,
You were always there for me and my family. Your memory will live on in the minds and hearts of all the many people you touched and helped in life. You are truly unforgettable and I will miss you dearly. Love, Lois
Lois Bailey
October 21, 2014
May your memory be eternal! AIONIA H MNHMH
Tilemachos & Barbara Tsoupas
October 21, 2014
It was an honor to call Cris a friend .. Always a big smile and a willingness to lend a hand . One of a kind , truly a great man .
Nick Owen
October 21, 2014
Chris you have always been a great friend to my family.....Rest in Peace
Carol Vigeant Schwartz
October 21, 2014
Uncle Chris..you will always hold a special place in our hearts. We always looked forward to your visits, whether it was a holiday (especially on Easter) or you just stopping by to see us. You will be sorely missed and we will never forget you! Love The Tsoupas Family
Tim and Barbara Tsoupas
October 21, 2014
My sincerest sympathy goes out to all of you. May he rest in peace.
Gina Orticelli
October 21, 2014
Dear Chris,
It was a pleasure and a privilege to know you! Celebrating Christmas with you, Rose, Jimmy, Gerti, Chris, Stephanie and Elke brought so much joy and laughter! You created an outstanding family legacy! I will always cherish the times spent with your beautiful family! Rest in peace.
Sue McHugh Foy
October 21, 2014
A life well lived.May he rest in God's peace and may God give solace to all in his loss
Dr Dominick and Helene Sorge
October 20, 2014
You were always a great friend and mentor to me and I will never forget you. I am lucky to have known you.
Jim Cormier
October 20, 2014
Chris, rest in peace it was a privilege to work for you . you will be greatly missed.
Whitney Farms, Staff
October 20, 2014
Dear Rose, Tom, Jim, and family, my deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your husband and father. Chris was a wonderful person. He was a true gentleman. Through the years I was blessed to be able to have him as a friend. I will remember him in my Masses and in my prayers. My prayers are also with you during this difficult time of your loss.
Monsignor Blase Gintoli
October 20, 2014
To Aunt Rose, Cousins Jimmy & Gertie, Tommy & his family, and all in the wonderful Bargas family, we in the Sherwood Family all send our deepest condolences for your loss. Chris was a special man, he will long be remembered. May he rest in peace.
The Sherwoods
October 20, 2014
Jim, Gertrude and family, My Thoughts and Prayers are with you at this time..Rose Cacchione (Park City Pride)
Rose Cacchione
October 20, 2014
BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES OF MY LOVING AND GENEROUS UNCLE CHRIS...MU HEART IS HEAVY KNOWING YOU ARE GONE...ALL MY LOVE AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO MY BELOVED AUNT ROSE, TOMMY, JIMMY, AND TO ALL THE FAMILY.
LOVE,
BILLY
BILLY VERDEROSA
October 20, 2014
BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES FROM A GENEROUS AND LOVING UNCLE. MY HEART FEELS HEAVY AND LOVE GOES OUT TO AUNT ROSE, TOMMY, JIMMY, AND EVERYONE ELSE IN THE FAMILY....YOU ARE ALL IN MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS.
LOVE,
BILLY
BILLY VERDEROSA
October 20, 2014
For you Uncle Chris, our candle is shining as bright as your smile. Love and Miss you.
Christine Fronckiewcz
October 20, 2014
Aunt Rose and family, my love and prayers are with all of you at this time. We love you, Chrissy & Christopher.
Chrissy Fronckiewcz
October 20, 2014
Aunt Rose and family, my love and sympathy go out to all of you. Uncle Chris will be missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Love...Frankie
Frank DeDonato
October 20, 2014
I worked for Chris for 20 years as his Administrative Secretary and he was a fair and honorable man who always kept his word.
I enjoyed the freedom and responsibility he gave me to do my job
Goodbye CB.
Marilee Burstynski
October 20, 2014
R.I.P. Chris
Peter Burke
October 20, 2014
Uncle Chris, You will be truly missed. You will be thought of often and will live on in our hearts forever. All my love to you, Aunt Rose.
Your Niece, Chris Trovarelli
Christine Trovarelli
October 20, 2014
I think I can speak for all the nieces and nephews in Chris' family that he was the bread of life for so many of us. He will be greatly missed. For Auntie Rose, we love you!
Paula
Paula Cappa
October 20, 2014
Chris will be missed by many. He was an amazing man and he was one of my Fathers dearest friends. He was the leader of of a great group of Guys that spent a great deal of time together(to say the least)! As a kid I was blessed to be part of that and learned a lot from Chris and the rest of his inner circle! Very sorry to hear of his passing but he lived a long and full life. He was the last one and a Great Man!
Don Stanziale
October 20, 2014
Dear Chris, Stephanie, Elke and family,

Our most heartfelt condolences on the passing of your grandfather. It was a privilege to meet Mr. Bargas after a round of golf with Chris. I remember his keen gaze and great sense of humor. Your beautiful obituary gave us an opportunity to understand what an extraordinary life he lived - a life clearly well lived and surrounded by family at the end.

We can only imagine what a loss this is for your family and we send you our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

All our best,
Oliver and Caroline Bareau
Oliver Bareau
October 20, 2014
Rest in peace. Dad. Love, Paula.
October 20, 2014
Dear Rose and Family,
We would like to extend or deepest sympathy to all of you on the death of Chris. There are many fond memories we have and will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this time.
Sincerely,
Dennis and Kathy Bonetti
Dennis and Kathy Bonetti
October 20, 2014
We are so sorry for your loss. Chris was a wonderful man who held a special place with our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire extended Bargas family.
Jon and Lisa Maricondo
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