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GUS P. LASKOS

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Gus P. Laskos made a peaceful transition to the heavenly Kingdom of God on Sunday, August 21, 2011 after a two year battle with bladder cancer. He was born Feb. 20, 1933 to Peter and Katherine Laskos, Norwalk CT. (originally from Volos, Greece). He graduated from Norwalk schools in 1952, lettering in track and cross country. He was active in the Boy Scouts as a troop member in Norwalk and as an assistant scoutmaster in Norwalk and Derby, CT. We moved to Derby, CT in 1980, to Ormond Beach in 1992 and to Palm Coast in 2003. Gus was a member of the U.S. Army 1952-55 (Sergeant E-5 stationed at the Pentagon as a medical technician), was a blood donor (2 gallon club), then he served in the Army Reserve from 1955-60. He began his career in the Norwalk Post Office as a clerk, then Supervisor 1956-1980 and was local union president APWU for 10 years. He became Postmaster in Derby, CT 1980-88 and retired with 35 years of service. Gus was always interested in government and held a very conservative political view point. In Derby, CT he was the Coalition Party campaign manager 1991 (combining Republican and independent candidates). He was a Police Commissioner 1991, a member of the Republican Town Committee 1990/91 and an Info-Line Advisory Board Member 1987-88. In Norwalk, CT he was on the charter Revision Commission 1983, Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman 1979, on the School Redistricting Committee 1975 and on the Charter Revision Commission 1974. Gus was always active in the Greek Orthodox Church. He was a member of AHEPA in Connecticut, then in Daytona Beach--Speedway Chapter #410, where he was president for 4 years. As a member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (Daytona Beach) he was on the Parish Council 1994-1997 (President 1996-97) and either chairman or co-chairman of the annual Greek Festival in November for 7 years. He was also a member of the Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church in Ormond Beach. He was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (Ansonia, CT 1980-1992) and on the Parish Council (past president and treasurer). He was active in St. George Greek Orthodox Church (Norwalk, CT) and was vice president in 1965. Gus met Nancy H. Rogers in July 1964 (struck by the "thunderbolt" at a church picnic) and married on Feb. 21, 1965. They have a son Peter (Jeanet) Laskos and two grandchildren (Monica, 19 and Nicholas, 16) Shelton, CT; a sister, Sophie (Luke) Loukas and nephew Peter (Gail) Loukas, Port Arthur, TX; a nephew John (Vicki) Loukas, and a great nephew Luke, Sulphur, LA; several cousins in Greece. He was predeceased by his daughter, Deborah Elaine Laskos 1965-1993. Gus loved maintaining the house and yard, traveling (all 48 states by car, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean Islands, parts of Central and South America, Australia, the Holy Land, Greece and Turkey); cruising, national and state parks; and they were annual pass holders to the Disney parks for 17 years. He enjoyed smoking Muniemaker cigars (pure CT tobacco). He had a wonderful sense of humor and only kidded those who could take it and give it back in kind. Calling hours will be held at Haigh-Black Funeral Home, 167 Vining Court, Ormond Beach on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a trisagion/prayer service at 6:00 p.m. The funeral will be held at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 129 N. Halifax Ave., Daytona Beach, FL on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 12:00 Noon. Interment will be held at Daytona Memorial Park, 1425 Bellevue Ave., Daytona Beach with military honors by V.F.W. Post #1590. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Daytona Beach, FL; Holy Cross Antiochian Church, Ormond Beach; Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler.


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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Aug. 22, 2011
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