Mr. Constantine “Gus” Thomaris, age 86, of Colton, passed away on Tuesday, October 02, 2012 at his residence in the town of Colton. Arrangements are with the Garner Funeral Service in Potsdam.
Funeral services for Gus will be held on Tuesday, October 9th at the Garner Funeral Service at 11 a.m. Burial with full military honors will follow the service at the Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam. Friends may call at the Garner Funeral Service on Monday, October 8th from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions in Gus’s memory can be made to the Potsdam Junior Hockey Association and to the Potsdam Humane Society.
Gus is survived by his wife Jean; his daughter, Mrs. Connie and Robert Bicknell of Potsdam; his son, Glen and Dianne Thomaris of Elmira; grandchildren Rob Bicknell, Erin Jamesson, and Bob and Marianne Thomaris; four great grandchildren, Rylie, Averie and Sloane Bicknell and Lucas Jamesson; and a nephew, James Wood.
He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Grace Wood.
Gus and his wife Jean were longtime residents of Potsdam. They moved to Higley Flow in 1978 when they remodeled their camp. Gus was born November 11, 1925 in Scranton, PA to the late Frederick and Cornelia Diamandis Thomaris. His family moved to Ogdensburg when he was 3 months old and then to Potsdam when he was 9 years old. He was a 1943 graduate of Potsdam Central High School. He then enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged as an Elect Mate 2nd class. He then reenlisted in the United States Air Force in May of 1946. He spent three years on an LCT in the Pacific Theater of War and earned a Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal and a Phillipine Liberation Medal. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1952 as a staff sergeant. While in the Navy he attended classes at Purdue University. He studied Electrical Engineering. While there he was a member of the track team and he excelled in the pole vault and the high jump.
After the service Gus went to work at Alcoa for 5 years. In December of 1952 he was married to Mary Jean Covert. He then took over the family liquor store when his father became ill. He operated the store for 20 years until his semiretirement in 1976. He then worked as a counselor for the CETA Program and the summer youth program. He fully retired in 1990.
Gus was a charter member of the Potsdam Elks Lodge, a member of the Potsdam American Legion, the VFW, the Lion’s Club and was a former member and Board of Directors of the Potsdam Country Club. He was an avid sports fan and especially a college hockey fan. He was the team manager for the Potsdam Pioneers for years. He enjoyed boating and fishing. He loved people and always enjoyed making them laugh and even laughing at himself. He was instrumental in raising money for Pine Street Arena. He led and founded the committee that went on to get Pine St. Arena constructed.
Online condolences can be sent @www.garnerfh.com.