Ernest Neokos, 84, a retired teacher and longtime chanter at Annunciation Cathedral in Chicago, has passed away.
For 32 years, Neokos taught social studies and English at Elm School in Elmwood Park, IL. Colleagues remembered him on Facebook, calling him a beloved, dedicated, and caring teacher. He was once nominated for an Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. He also occasionally taught courses at Triton College, including Greek language. He retired in 1986.
The son of Greek immigrants, Neokos grew up in Chicago. He was very religious, and devoted to his Orthodox Faith. The Greek community will remember him as the booming yet warm voice that filled the Annunciation with Byzantine chant. His wife, June, passed away in 2013.
Neokos succumbed to complications of renal disease on July 29. He had been a resident at the Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Center in Wheeling, IL.
The Chicago Tribune posted an article about his passing. His sister told the paper that he was active in organizations such as American Legion’s Hellenic Post No. 343 and Hellenic Masonic Lodge No. 1084, and was proud to have helped to erect the Hellenic American Veterans Memorial, which stands at Elmwood Cemetery in Rover Grove, IL. He was a US Army veteran of the Korean War.
Services have been held. May his memory be eternal.