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Louis James Fitros


Louis James Fitros passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at the age of 85, following an extended illness.  He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on January 2, 1934.  He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda (West); daughter, Eleni (Brian) Hannan of Columbus, Ohio; son, James (Marilyn) Fitros of Miami, Florida; grandsons, Brandon Louis Fitros and John Louis Hannan; sister, Mary (Tom) Ciolfi; nieces, Elaine Smith, Joanne (Gerald) Bertram, Michele West (Mike Maynard), Theresa (Ed) Kibort, and, Linsey Haberman; nephew, Bret (Melissa) Haberman; godson, Erik (Maria) Pettet; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.  Lou was preceded in death by his parents, James and Helen (Gòrgioladakis) Fitros.  Lou and Linda lived in Vermilion, Ohio for 35 years.  They moved to spend time with a grandson who was born in Columbus, Ohio.  Lou loved to play golf and enjoyed teaching the younger generations in the family how to play.  He organized a yearly “Fitros Family and Friends Golf Outing” and even the non-golfers looked forward to the cookout afterwards.  He loved to cook and entertain family and friends with his creations.  Although sometimes it was not really table-ready when he was just learning to smoke meats.  Travel was a big part of their lives and he would enjoy watching travel shows and pointing at the TV and saying, “Been there!”  Lou never knew a stranger and could work a room like a politician, meeting and greeting everyone there.  He even got to become a Godfather (“Nouno” in Greek) by going to a Greek Orthodox catechism class and introducing himself and telling everyone that he was 66 years old, had never been a Nouno, and was available to be a sponsor for baptism.  His wish came true a few weeks later when Erik Pettet took him up on his offer.  He was “Uncle Louie” to many younger people not related to him, but loved by them and loved by him in return.  Inurnment will be in July at the Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio.  Details will be announced at a later date.

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  • Estelle Callas says:

    With our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of our dear friend Louie and many wonderful memories and laughter we all shared together. May your Memory be Eternal. Estelle Callas and family

  • Pete Kouselas says:

    My deepest sympathy to you Linda and the whole Fitros family.You were a great friend. God Bless you Lou & God Bless your family.

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