Life Story for
Constantin Gus Roccas
On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Constantin “Gus” Roccas passed away in much the same fashion as he had lived: courageously, his wife beside him, and with a gentle grin as though he were about to tell a joke.
Kostas was born to Basilios and Iphigenia Roccas in the small mountain village of Portí, nestled into the Thessaly countryside of Greece. Life in Portí was full of hard work and struggles but also beauty and a richness that extends beyond wealth. For the rest of his life, Kostas would speak of his home with pride and longing, rejoicing in the traditional clarinet music of Thessaly with a gusto few could rival.
At 23 years of age, after working on the family farm for some years, Kostas immigrated to Canada in pursuit of a better life. Althoughthe life he found here was not always easy, Kostas faced challenges with patience, hard work, and an ability to enjoy life’s simple blessings like dancing, celebrating, and telling jokes. It was here that he married his wife, Eleftheria (née Kotsiori), with whom he had three children: Basilios (Nicole) Roccas, Peter Roccas, and Effie Roccas. It was also here that he worked tirelessly to provide for his family, insisting on few indulgences for himself. For the past 20 years, he has worked as a server at Pantheon Greek Restaurant on the Danforth, where he always ensured his guests left full and happy.
He leaves behind his wife, his children and daughter-in-law, as well as his two dear sisters: Kassiani (Nicholas) Sarantis, Maria (Elias) Diamantis; and his nieces, nephews, and their children, whose young laughter and smiles brought Kostas particular joy.
He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Athanasius and Stephanos Roccas.
The visitation will be held on Friday, May 18, at Heritage Funeral Home, from 6-9PM. His funeral will be the following day, Saturday, May 19, at 10AM at Metamorphosis Greek Orthodox Church. All are welcome.
Having led a simple and diligent life, Kostas leaves behind a treasure trove of memories that those who knew and love him will continue to hold in their hearts. His soft-spoken but loyal love for his family, his ability to make even strangers feel comfortable and cared for, and his amazing moves on the dance floor are just some of the many qualities that endeared others to him. But perhaps most of all, we will remember his countless jokes and stories, many of which he was unable to finish in this life due to laughing before the punchline. Kostas, may your memory be eternal, and may your smile shine as brightly in the next Life as it did on earth.
Constantin's family wishes to extend their gratitude to the many professionals at Sunnybrook Hospital for the care and compassion they showed him the last few months of his life, particularly his team in the C2 oncology unit.