Constantine  (Gus)

January 31, 1929 ~ August 3, 2021

Born in: Yakima, Washington
Resided in: San Pedro, California

Surrounded by his family, Constantine (Gus, Taki) Alex, went home to the arms of Jesus Christ and was joyfully greeted by his beloved father, brother Frank, and mother-in law Evangeline, on August 3, 2021, at the age of 92. He was born to Mary Spanos and Chris Alex in Yakima, Washington on January 31, 1929.

After the death of his father, Chris, when Gus was just 6, he was raised in Spokane, Washington. Gus graduated from Lewis and Clark High School and attended Gonzaga University before he was drafted in the Navy where he served as a Hospital Corpsman between 1950-1952. While he was stationed in Corona, California, Gus met the love of his life, Kay. They were married in 1953 and had almost 68 years together. The couple returned to Seattle, where Gus graduated from the University of Washington and worked as an elementary school teacher in Arlington, Washington. Returning to California, Gus earned his MA at California State University, Long Beach in 1958. Gus taught in Palos Verdes School District, and Lynwood High School, before finding his niche at San Pedro High School where he taught Social Studies and served as Department Chair, for 27 years. A lifelong educator, Gus also taught citizenship classes at San Pedro Adult School, and night classes at Terminal Island Prison. After his retirement, Gus continued to substitute teach and used his earnings to travel extensively. Gus loved to travel and visited many countries, but his heart belonged in Greece where he visited many times. He took a sabbatical in 1971 and traveled in a VW camper with his family to 14 countries. He studied at the University of Athens for three months and introduced his family to the wonders of their Greek culture and traditions.

Gus was active in three special organizations. Gus was very proud of his participation in the AHEPA organization. He was a counselor for three summers through the AHEPA summer in Greece program. He was National Convention Secretary in 1987. He was President of the San Pedro Neptune Chapter for five years and was Secretary for many years. Gus also was an active member of the Southern California Cretans’ Association where he also served as President. Gus loved his church where he served on the Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church Parish Council and enjoyed participating in cooking at the annual Greek festivals. He remained active in the Parish, even reading the Epistle, until his last months.

Gus is survived by his wife Kay, his three children: Mary Anne Tippin, Chris (Kathy) Alex, and Angela (Matt) McConaughy. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. Brother George Alex, and sisters Dorothy Alex and Xenia Gianetsas. Gus left behind many other loving relatives.

Services for Gus will be held at Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 722 Knob Hill Ave, Redondo Beach. The Trisagion will take place on Monday, August 16 at 7:00 P.M. and the funeral will take place on Tuesday, August 17 at 10:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to AHEPA Scholarship Foundation C/O Brent Noyes, President: 2163 Lenore Drive, Glendale, CA, 91206 or Saint Katherine Philoptochos.

Services

Rosary Service: August 16, 2021 7:00 pm

St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
722 Knob Hill Ave.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

310-540-2434

Reception: August 17, 2021 11:00 am - August 17, 2021 1:00 pm

St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
722 Knob Hill Ave.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

310-540-2434

Graveside Service: August 17, 2021 2:00 pm

Green Hills Memorial Park
27501 S. Western Ave.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

310-792-7575

Service: August 17, 2021 10:00 am

St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
722 Knob Hill Ave.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

310-540-2434

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  1. candle 8I met you my dearest Papouli in the spring of 2000 as I was an international student at Pepperdine University. After deciding to live with big Yiayia (his mother-in-law, Evagelia Louros) you were so kind to offer me rides to the university from San Pedro to Malibu (as I didn’t have my driver’s license yet). You would do that almost every Monday that I had classes. You would help me with a lot of everyday practical things, and by your example, you would teach me management skills that the fast-paced life in LA required. Many times I would try your patience, but because you loved me just like your own children, you would always close with a sigh “Ah, Eva, koritsi moy, ti tha kanoume me sena?” We would speak Greek together, sing Greek songs, and tell jokes. I always dream of being like you when I got old; having the same vitality, physical, and mental energy to be an active part of the community for such a long time. I am so glad I got to talk to you the last days and share memories together. You sent love to my families and they are grieving with me these days for your loss because they are so thankful and grateful to your family and God for your pure and loving support you provided for me during my time there as an international student. I am so grateful to God that I got to see you and talk to you and hear your beautiful voice again telling me in Greek “S’agapo polu koritsi moy”. S’agapo para para poly Papouli moy gluko. I can’t wait to meet you in heaven. Kalo taxidi kai kalo paradiso Papuli moy gluko. Tha mas leipeis panta.

  2. We were sorry to learn of Gus’ passing and send our condolences. Many happy evenings were spent with Gus & Kay, the Olsons and Martins (aka the teachers potluck group).

    Monte & Jean Furuya

  3. Our condolences to the Alex family. We will always remember the delightful times at the Greek fest with Gus as our guide. We will remember Gus for his years of teaching (including as a sub for both of us for many years), Union participation, Social Studies Department leadership, and insightful political and cultural commentary…and all things Greek!

  4. My condolences to you Kay and your family. Through the years Sandy and I were treated to the pleasure of your family’s company by being neighbors to the Stavros family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Adieu Cher Colleague. May you Rest In Peace.
    Condolences to Kay and Maryanne and other members of the family and friends.
    Sentiments heartfelt,
    Rick Matthews

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