Constantine "Gus" Perialas
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Perialas, Constantine "Gus"

His Eminence Metropolitan Epiphanios of Vryoula, in the world Constantine "Gus" Perialas, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2011. Constantine was born January 23, 1935, in Ithaca, NY. He attended Cornell University and was a graduate of Syracuse University and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He also did Graduate work at Fordham University, entered into Ph.D. candidacy at Syracuse University, was the debate coach at Syracuse University and a secondary school teacher of English, Speech and Drama. He held a certificate in Educational Management from the School of Business of Harvard University. For 29 years, he served as Professor of Speech Communication at Ithaca College and also held esteemed positions including Department Chairperson and Vice President for Student and Campus Affairs. The college established the Perialas Prize in Epiphanios' honor in 1997. In 1984, Constantine was ordained to the priesthood (taking at that time the name Epiphanios) and in 1985, just one year after being ordained a priest, he was elevated to Archimandrite, the highest rank of a priest in the Greek Orthodox Church. He served in a variety of parishes, including St. Catherine's in Ithaca for 15 years and the Assumption (Koimisis of the Theotokos) Greek Orthodox Church in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, from which he was elected Metropolitan. On April 12, 2003, The Holy Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople unanimously elected the Very Reverend Archimandrite Epiphanios Perialas as the first Metropolitan of Spain and Portugal. In March of 2007, Metropolitan Epiphanios informed the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of his intentions to retire. The Holy Synod then elected him as Metropolitan of Vryoula after which he returned to the U.S. in mid-summer 2007. Epiphanios also helped establish the first Greek Orthodox Metropolis in Hong Kong and was the former consultant to Patriarch Bartholomew for his visit to America in 2000 and the Philippines in 1998. Constantine was predeceased by his parents, Georgia and Alexander Perialas and his brother, John Perialas. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Doris Perialas; nephew, Alexander Perialas and his wife, Kristina Perialas; niece, Valerie Perialas and her partner, Jenny Crabtree; great-niece, Melissa Littlefield and her husband, Spencer Schaffner; great-nephew, Jonathan Littlefield and his wife, Sheila Littlefield; and his great-great-nephew, Isaac Sosnoff. The family would like to thank Dr. John Costello, Hospicare, Teresa Allen and the staff and residents of Old Hundred for their compassion, care and friendship, with special thanks to Epiphanios' friend Susan Pitkin. Visitation will be held at St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church on Friday, May 13, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m. with Trisagion Services scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the church on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, 120 W. Seneca St., Ithaca, NY 14850 or to Hospicare, 172 E. King Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850. Arrangements are by the Bangs Funeral Home.

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Published in Ithaca Journal from May 12 to May 13, 2011.
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May 6, 2019
I think of Gus often. He was a great boss and friend.
Arlene Dende
May 18, 2011
In loving memory of a great man! I will love and miss you forever...
Jenny Crabtree
May 17, 2011
Bill, Bessie, Kosta and Theodora would like to send their deepest sympathies. We only spent a little time with father Constantine,but it was very memorable and exciting time with him. We will miss him very much.
Bill Doukas
May 16, 2011
I knew Gus from 1972-76. He was a great friend and advisor. He was one of the icons that formed my everlasting perception of IC. I never realized he had such a monumental second career.
Roger Chiocchi
May 15, 2011
I knew Gus from 1978-82 when I was a student at IC. To me he was larger-than-life and continually urged me to follow my heart. I owe Gus a great debt of gratitude.
David Neumann
May 14, 2011
I have so many fond memories of times spent with Gus and friends. His sense of humor, infectious laughter, and love of his family, students and Ithaca College will be forever appreciated and missed. Rest in peace, Gus.
Mary Corsaro
May 14, 2011
What a great son of Ithaca. He made us all proud and he should be remembered forever. The Lambrou Family
Nick Lambrou
May 14, 2011
Your Eminence has touched so many families including ours in so many ways. May your memory be eternal!
Elaine & Jerry Sackleh
May 13, 2011
Gus ... It's been a long time since we were together, but I remember you fondly and am ever grateful for your colleagueship, your good counsel as chair, and your wise counsel while I was provost. You cared deeply about students, and you were always a good friend. I treasure you as a colleague and will always remember you fondly. May you rest in the Lord's peace. Blessings, my friend ... Tom
Tom Longin
May 13, 2011
I enjoyed working as Gus's secretary for several years in the Ithaca College Speech Communication Dept. He was fantastic to work with and we continued to keep in touch throughout the years. I will miss his humor, caring and thoughtfulness. My condolences to the family.
Arlene Dende
May 13, 2011
In loving memory of a great man. I shall not forget the time you spent with us here in Spain. What a fantastic sense of humour! Memory eternal!
Keith Georgios Chapman
May 13, 2011
Gus was my mentor at Ithaca College as well as a good friend. I will miss him.
Jodi Cohen
May 13, 2011
Dear Alex and Family what a tremendous loss for your family and our community....In our prayers Rick & Liz Bosman
Rick Bosman
May 13, 2011
I am so thankful that I had the privilege of meeting and caring for Gus - even if it was for a very short time. What a great man he was! He will be missed! My sincere condolences to the entire family.
Kim Kenney
May 12, 2011
We will miss you dearly Pappas Perialas.
Vasili & Ana Avramis
Ana Avramis
May 12, 2011
Dear Alex, Krissy, Val & Jenny & family of "Gus",
It was such a privilege to care for Gus and to get to know him. I loved his wit and sense of humor. I loved serving him and in the end becoming his friend. I will treasure the memories of my time caring for him. Thank you for allowing me the privilege of caring for such a dear man. I will miss him but hope to see him again one day in the life beyond. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Please accept my sincerest condolences. May God comfort you and give you peace. With deepest sympathy, De Johnson
De Johnson
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