WATERBURY. CT – Steven J. Gagas, 83 of Waterbury, passed away peacefully at Waterbury Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the loving husband of Elpiniki ‘Nicki’ (Velezis) Gagas.
Steve was born in Pentalofos, Kozani, Greece on August 26, 1936, son of the late John and Sophia (Vouyias) Gagas. He attended college in Austria where he received a bachelor’s degree, and later came to the United States in 1961, settling in Waterbury. He worked as the office manager for twenty years for MTA (Motor Transport Association) and previously worked for Lombard Brothers for over twenty years until his retirement.
Steve was a dedicated member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church where he served as chairman of the Building Committee for the Church now located on Chase Parkway. He was also a member and past president of the Parish Council, chairman of the annual Church Festival, member and past supreme president of the Pan Macedonian Association, member of the St. George Eptahorian Association, member and past president of AHEPA Chapter 48 and the Pentalofos Society. Steve also enjoyed playing cards with his dear friends and spending time with his grandchildren.
Besides his wife Nicki of 58 years, Steve leaves to cherish his memory his two sons, John S. Gagas and his wife Janet and Nick S. Gagas and his wife Heather all of Middlebury, two sisters, Rena Hassapis and Chrysoula Kazarides and her husband George all of Greece, his beloved grandchildren, Alexandra, Steven, David, Micaela, Gabriella, Victoria and Gia Gagas, as well as many brother and sister in laws, nieces, nephews and friends.
The funeral took place on February 17 Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Burial followed at New Pine Grove Cemetery in Waterbury.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
937 Chase Parkway; Waterbury, CT 06708.