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Greek-American Christos Latos, U.S. Army Lt. Colonel & URI Football Hall of Famer, Dies at 89

GREENVILLE, RI – Lt. Col. Christos Latos, 89, formerly of Cranston, passed away peacefully on October 28 at The Village of Waterman Lake in Greenville, Rhode Island.

He was the beloved husband of the late Joan M. (Demopulos) Latos.

He is survived by his loving children, Dean D. Latos and his wife Cheryl of North Providence, George S. Latos and his wife Patricia of Scituate, and Heidi L. Nelson and her husband Stephen of Smithfield. Latos was adored by six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was the dear brother of the late Charles J. Latos, Catherine Pinheiro, and Paula Marino.

Latos rose to Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army over a 29-year career and bravely served two tours in Vietnam. He was a starting 60-minute man football player for both Classical High School and the University of Rhode Island (URI). Latos was inducted into the URI Football Hall of Fame in 2000. Latos was thoughtful, loving, generous, respectful, forthright, honorable, and literally would do anything for anyone. He was a believer in following rules, integrity, and was an inspiration to fellow soldiers, friends, and family.  Latos was selfless, volunteering at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church for 20 years. He always had a twinkle in his green eyes, a wink, and a witty thought.

His funeral was held on November 1 from the Nardolillo Funeral Home & Crematory, 1278 Park Avenue in Cranston, followed by a Funeral Service at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 175 Oaklawn Avenue in Cranston.

Burial with Military Honors was in Swan Point Cemetery in Providence.

Visiting hours were on November 1 from 10-11:30 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, RI Chapter, 245 Waterman Street, Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906-5215.

To send sympathy gifts to the family or plant a tree in memory of Lt. Col. Christos Latos, please visit the tribute store: https://www.nardolillofh.com/obituary/LtColChristos-Latos/sympathy.


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