Adjust Text Size: A A- GUS DAMIANAKOS It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of our beloved patriarch Gus Damianakos on July 30, 2016 at the age of 79.
With his gentle spirit, infectious laugh and smile he will truly be missed by all.The family would like to thank all who helped us throughout this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 47 Squire Bakers Lane, Markham, ON L3P 3G8 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Suite 200, 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg MB, R3L 0K6. Unfortunately with the need to moderate tributes for inappropriate content, your comments may take up to 48 hours to appear. The kind of love that only wants truth and wholeness and peace for each other. So, with humility, love (and a healthy dose of defensiveness on behalf of my heart and the hearts of my warrior sisters), I offer the following thoughts: If I don’t mention something, it’s not because I forgot to. There will be parts of this story I (try to) keep for myself and Craig and the kids. Most of us fight like hell for our marriages until we realize that we can either save our marriages or save our souls. Please think deeply about the chasm-wide difference between leaving a man and leaving God.For the next several weeks, you do nothing but cry and talk. It’s because I desperately have to find the balance here between honesty and a tell-all. If you can, please resist assumptions, gossip, or asking for details I haven’t provided. Please remember that when a woman leaves, she just brings God with her.I can see that you’re nervous because you’ve figured out I’m about to tell you something important. This sort of change — the change that occurs when you sit inside your own pain — it’s revolutionary. And no matter how hard you try, you simply cannot fit into your old life anymore. And because you never promised yourself an easy life, but you did promise yourself a true one. Since I publicly announced the trauma in my marriage four years ago, I have become a soft place to land for women in marriage trauma.
I quickly say: , Craig and I endured serious trauma a few years ago. When you let yourself die, there is suddenly one day: new life. You are like a snake trying to fit into old, dead skin, or a butterfly trying to crawl back into the cocoon, or new wine trying to pour itself back into an old wineskin. And you have become a woman who doesn’t ignore her knowing. You did promise – back when you were putting yourself back together – that you’d never betray you again. I have listened to what kind of responses from people are helpful and which are hurtful. Try to avoid lamenting how sad it is that people “throw away their marriages these days.” Try not to generalize.
The year included some great cinema, with movies featuring unimaginable creativity and bold, captivating statements—including, most surprisingly, documentaries so evocative and well-executed that they transcended their genre.
And in another positive turn, 2016’s palette was far more diverse than years previous; genres that made the list run the gamut from bigger-budget comedy to indie thriller, and the stories being told reflected a wide spectrum of different walks of life.
And this is what I learned: You can be shattered and then you can put yourself back together piece by piece.
This new you is equal parts undeniable and terrifying. And so one day you sit down with your beloved, wonderful, kind, brave, warrior husband and you look at him and you say: : Four years ago you gave me the most selfless love I’ve ever received. And now I’m going to return that kind of love to you. So many of us want to say and do the loving and supportive thing, but we sometimes don’t know what that looks like. I have met hundreds of divorced women who didn’t throw their marriages away. Please don’t pretend to know what God thinks of us.
He leaves to mourn his "honey bunny" Eileen; his son Billy (Tina); daughter Angie (John); grandson Braedan; brother Peter and family in Washington D. Gus was born and raised in Gythion, Greece and in 1963 arrived in Canada to marry his first love Voula who was waiting for him.