STAMFORD, Conn. - Constantine (Gus) Chalikis, a longtime Stamford resident, died Friday, Feb. 14. He was 97.
Chalikis was born Aug. 1916, in Heraklion, Crete, (Greece), the son of George and Theodosia Theofanikis Chalikis. Moving to Stamford at an early age, he attended Stamford High School and later worked in the field of stamping and forging metals.
He was a veteran of World War ll, serving as a sharpshooter in the Indian and Burma Pacific Theater from 1941 to 1945. After returning to the States, he was co-owner of Chick`s Convenience and Luncheonette in Stamford until 1962. He was also the owner of a Dairy Queen in Stratford from 1962 until his retirement in 1988. He was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Archangels in Stamford.
Chalikis is survived by his wife, Irene Chalikis (nee Bartis); son, George Chalikis (Thea) of Flemington, N.J.; daughter, Pamela Poulos (Michael) of Stamford; three grandchildren; sisters, Helen Legato and Ann Ventsias, both of Stamford; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Alexander and Manuel Chalikis; and sister, Eva Greene.
Calling hours are Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford. A Trisagion service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. A procession will leave the funeral home Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 9:30 a.m. for a service at the Church of the Archangels, 1527 Bedford St., Stamford, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Fairfield Memorial Park, Oaklawn Avenue, Stamford. Father George Poulos, Father Pat Legato and Father Harry Pappas will preside at the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Chalikis’ memory to the Church of the Archangels, 1527 Bedford St., Stamford, CT 06905.