Gus Tsougrianis

Gus Tsougrianis, 84 years old of Swift Current, Saskatchewan passed away on October 2, 2017 at Cypress Regional Hospital. The Prayer Service was held on Wednesday October 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm and the Funeral Service was held on Thursday October 5,,2017 at 10:00 am. Both services were held at The Life Giving Font Greek Orthodox Church in Swift Current, with Father Spyridon Vandoros and Father Rod Luciuk officiating. Pallbears were Nick Tsougrianis(nephew), George Tsougrianis(nephew), Louie Doulias(cousin), Nick Doulias(cousin), Steve Koutsogiannis(brother-in-law), George Tsougrianis(cousin). Ushers were George Tsougrianis(Regina cousin) and Peter Koutsogiannis(nephew). He was survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Christine Tsougrianis, and his two sons, Nick(Karen)Tsougrianis and Peter Tsougrianis. The most special people in his family life were his beautiful Grandchildren, who gave him the warmth in his heart whenever he would see them: Marie, Aleni and Gabrielle Tsougrianis. Predeceased by his parents, Nicholas and Leslie Tsougrianis; brothers, Louis, Peter and George Tsougrianis; nephew, George Tsougrianis; and sister, Helen Vourlopolos. My Dad was born in a small village in Greece called Stolos. Born into a family with a Father that was the village's Church Minister, he came from humble beginnings and kept and taught these traits to his family for the rest of his life. He married my Mother, Christine, in her home village of Gaultina, Greece on October 15, 1967, and they would have been married 50 years this October, 2017. My Dad moved to Canada to have a better life. He had a stint in the Greek Special Forces Army, where it was his job to advise the forces when it was safe to proceed into dangerous territories. These character traits he would continue to use throughout his life within his family, and with people less fortunate that he loved to advise and help out. In life, my dad had made all his deals with a handshake and never had money in his pocket, just a check book. He didn't care your status in society; he saw you for who you were as a person and always loved to help people in need. He started in Regina working as a dishwasher and needed to borrow money for his first plane ticket to Canada which took him years to pay off. As he went through life's hardships he always wanted to be his own boss. He then decided to seek a future in a small, rich in oil, community called Swift Current. He needed to borrow money for a bus ticket to get here, but when he arrived he worked at the Healy Hotel and managed the restaurant there. He then saw a future in a rundown Chinese restaurant down town and proceeded to go into partnership with his brother and started the Modern Family Restaurant and it continues to be there today. My dad never bought anything in new or in good condition, be it businesses, land, houses, property, etc. He always saw the future in it, but it always needed the patience, faith, respect, dignity and hard work to get it to where it needed to be successful. This is what he taught my family and I to be in life and was and still is a pillar in our lives. After signing over the family business (TNT Family Restaurant, Westwind Motel, Central Trailer Court) to his 2 sons 26 years ago, in which his lawyer thought he was crazy because we were 19 and 22 year old kids, Dad began to pursue his other calling, I believe, in his life. It was farming. He began to invest in farm land and bought cows, horses, donkeys etc. He loved the country and never took holidays but would drive up to 60,000 kms a year at times in his truck which was his holiday. My family and I are going to miss my Dad. He was a special person to many who knew him as the greeter at TNT Family Restaurant and to the many close friendships he made with so many people in his lifetime. He will be missed but never forgotten. May his memory be eternal. We Love You Dad and pray for your sprit to be with God now. We pray daily for your soul to be in heaven and that we will all be together again one day!! The Family would like to extend their utmost appreciation to Dr. Savoy, Dr. Ghori and Dr. Serwadda. My Dad looked at his nurses as "little Angels". He always felt bad asking for help from them. Dad was so grateful for all the ICU nurses and also the Medical Surgical unit nurses and what they always did for him. My family and I have so much respect for everything they do. God Bless all the health care workers. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Warren's Funeral Home were entrusted with the arrangements. For further information call 306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606 or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to family members in our book of condolences. 

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