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Gus (Kosta) Xilas
  • In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Pan-Icarian Foundation P.O. Box 79037 Pittsburgh PA 15216-0037.

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“Dear Alexa, Jimmy, Denis and Mrs. Xilas:On behalf of the Fallon family, I would like to offer condolences for your loss.You are such a nice family,...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Maureen Fallon Bridgeland - VA

“So very sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet father. Hoping many wonderful memories will help to cushion the sadness of losing him. Fondly,Jenny ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Jenny Gardiner - charlottesville

“Dear Jimmy, Rini, and Family, I had the pleasure of meeting Your father at your home in Dormont. A very kind, friendly and caring individual. He...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Callie Liadis and Family

“Mrs. Xilas, Alexa, Jimmy, Denise, and family: I extend my condolences on the passing of your beloved husband, father, and grandfather. Growing up...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Irene Desseyn - Hampton, VA

“We are so profoundly sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Xilas. I have been a friend of Alexa's, his oldest daughter, for approximately 33 years. I...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Carrie Hash - Orlando, FL


Gus (Kosta) Xilas passed away Saturday June 19, 2021, with his beloved wife Argie and family by his side. He is survived by his wife Argie, of 63 years; children Alexa (Chris) Cameron, Jimmy (Rini) Xilas and Denise (Chris) Raftis; and grandchildren John, Andy, Arianna, Alexandra, Anastasia, Constance, and Christiana.
Kosta was born on the island of Ikaria, Greece in September 1933 to Dimitri and Alexandra (Kratsas) Xilas and had one older sister, the late Toula Xilas. He immigrated to the United States in 1956 and eventually settled in Pittsburgh where he worked hard and supported his family. He worked at the PAA for 15 years and as a true entrepreneur, owned multiple small businesses. Among his many passions, he was a long-standing member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the Pan Icarian Brotherhood, and Free Masons.

Being back in Ikaria brought him so much joy. He was content sitting on the veranda with his cousins and family. He always enjoyed listening to Greek music, Greek dancing, and gardening.

He had a way of captivating your heart, while making himself and everyone around him laugh. He loved making people feel good, was loved by everyone, and left long lasting impressions on everyone he encountered. He loved life and most importantly, he was happiest surrounded by his grandchildren, family and friends, sharing stories. May His Memory Be Eternal.

Friends welcome 3- 8 p.m. THURSDAY, WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Rd. (Scott Twp) Pittsburgh, PA 15220, where a Trisagion service will be held at 7 p.m.

Funeral service 11:00 a.m. FRIDAY, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 419 S. Dithridge St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT THE CATHEDRAL. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Pan-Icarian Foundation P.O. Box 79037 Pittsburgh PA 15216-0037. www.slaterfuneral.com

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