Constantine “Gus” Vasilios Kaloidis of Woodbury, Connecticut, passed away unexpectedly on October 2, 2022. A loving husband and devoted father, Gus was born in Vasilakion (Tarapsa), Greece, on January 29, 1953, to Vasilios and Eleni (Nikolakakou) Kaloidis. After completing high school, Gus immigrated to the United States in 1972 and attended Western Connecticut State University, where he graduated with a B.S. in Biology.
Gus had a strong passion for flying and traveling the world. He pursued this passion by obtaining his commercial pilot license and becoming a flight engineer with Kalitta Air. Gus opened The Woodbury Pizza Castle in 1974 and was eventually joined by his mother, Eleni, in the United States in 1978. In 1987, Gus expanded the restaurant and renamed it Elenni’s in honor of the extraordinary role his mother played in his life and business.
Gus sold Elenni’s in 2006 to become the primary caregiver of his daughter, Eleni, who was born with a rare neuromuscular disease. They were best friends. He accompanied her during her years at Post University, where he was well known on campus for sitting outside every lecture she attended. At the time of his passing, Gus was assisting her in obtaining her Master’s degree.
In 2007, Gus acquired The Woodbury Antiques and Flea Market and adored spending his weekends supporting his many vendors and customers. Gus was a member of the Woodbury Lions Club and especially enjoyed participating in the Christmas Eve Luminaria and the annual Haunted Hayride. He will always be known for his love of family, community, and dedication to his Greek Orthodox Faith and heritage.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Ann (Baziotis) Kaloidis and his children Vasilios, Chrysanthe (Amer), and Eleni; sisters Evangelia Sfinarolakis of Woodbury, Matina Arahovitis and Ioanna (Babis) Iconomou of Greece; brother-in-law Peter (Silvia) Baziotis, and sisters-in-laws Angela (Thomas) Pontikes of Rhode Island, Demetra Kaloidis of Middlebury and Lorraine Kaloidis of Wolcott; loving nieces, nephews, and a host of lifelong friends. He was predeceased by his brothers Athan and George, his brothers-in-law Steve Sfinarolakis and George Arahovitis, and his niece, Elaine Kaloidis.
Friends may call the Southbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere, 235 Main Street North, on Thursday, October 6, 2022, from 4 to 7 pm. A Trisagion service will begin at 7 pm.
A funeral service will be held Friday, October 7, 2022, at 10 am at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 937 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT. Burial will be held in the New North Cemetery in Woodbury, CT.
In place of flowers, memorial contributions can be made out to The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church AHEPA Scholarship Foundation in Gus’ memory.
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