Source: Orthodox Christian Laity
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is with a sense of shock that I must relay to you that our devoted Orthodox Christian Laity board member Evan Alevizatos Chriss fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday Morning, April 28, 2015, while he was exercising in the gym of his residence. Evan was active until the last moments of his life. He was frail in body these past years, but he did all he could to keep his body, mind and soul together. The Lord took him in the way we all remember Evan – actively perusing perfection. Evan’s life is an example of excellence in the finest sense of his Hellenic heritage. He insisted on the truth. He told it the way he saw it. He was tenacious and opinionated. He loved discourse. He was an outstanding attorney, family man and citizen. Happiness for Evan was fully using his powers along the lines of excellence – just as Aristotle stated.
But we at OCL will remember Evan for the example he set for us as a devoted and passionate Churchman. He loved the Orthodox Christian Church and served his parish, Diocese and Archdiocese for his entire adult life. He was baptized at the Annunciation Cathedral in Baltimore. He attended the Divine Liturgy there, and he wanted to be buried there as a member of that parish community. He truly personified the role of Church Elder. He would write letters to the clergy and parish council to express his ideas of how to make our Church more inclusive, more missionary, and more friendly to youth. In his elder years, he also attended Holy Cross Orthodox Church, Linthicum, MD and came to love the Liturgy offered and chanted in English, because he could feel it in its entirety. He was always searching and learning. It should be noted that Evan Chriss served on the Archdiocesan Council during the tenure of Archbishop Iakovos. Evan Chriss, Mr Peter Kourides – legal counsel for the Archdiocese for 60 years, Mr George Chimples and Basil Foussianes were advisors and confidants of Archbishop Iakovos and helped build up the Archdiocese. May their Memories Be Eternal! He brought all these life experiences to us on the OCL Board, and we welcomed his guidance. He was also our best editor.
The love of his life was his wife Ceres. She always called him “the boss” when I called their home. But I knew that this wonderful, charming, upbeat helpmate made Evan the special person he was. We express our sincere love to his family – especially his grandchildren. He was always concerned about their well-being.
On a personal note, I must say that I have been enriched by knowing Evan; and I know that our entire board found his counsel wise and forward-looking. I will miss knowing he was there to call or email me to keep me in balance. His burial in this Season of Pascha will be Friday, May 1. May His Memory Be Eternal!
George Matsoukas, Executive Director
Orthodox Christian Laity