IN MEMORIAM

Passing of Gus (Kosta) Xilas

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of long-time Chapter Icaros member Gus Xilas.  Below are details for those interested.

Gus (Kosta) Xilas passed away Saturday June 19, 2021, with his beloved wife Argie and family by his side. He is survived by his wife Argie, of 63 years; children Alexa (Chris) Cameron, Jimmy (Rini) Xilas, and Denise (Chris) Raftis; and grandchildren John, Andy, Arianna, Alexandra, Anastasia, Constance, and Christiana.

Kosta was born on the island of Ikaria, Greece in September 1933 to Dimitri and Alexandra (Kratsas) Xilas and had one older sister, the late Toula Xilas. He immigrated to the United States in 1956 and eventually settled in Pittsburgh where he worked hard and supported his family. He worked at the PAA for 15 years and as a true entrepreneur, owned multiple small businesses. Among his many passions, he was a long-standing member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the Pan Icarian Brotherhood, and Free Masons.

Being back in Ikaria brought him so much joy. He was content sitting on the veranda with his cousins and family. He always enjoyed listening to Greek music, Greek dancing, and gardening.

He had a way of captivating your heart, while making himself and everyone around him laugh. He loved making people feel good, was loved by everyone, and left long lasting impressions on everyone he encountered. He loved life and most importantly, he was happiest surrounded by his grandchildren, family and friends, sharing stories. May His Memory Be Eternal.

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