Evangelos (Angelo) George Bastounis peacefully passed on to paradise on Sunday, February 26, 2023. Angelo was known in Saginaw as a tailor and wine maker from the old country, his country of origin—Greece. Born in 1933 in Athikia, of Corinthos, Greece, to Eleni and George Bastounis, Angelo was blessed to have seven brothers and sisters with whom he shared close and abiding lifelong bonds. During his childhood and youth, Angelo lived through the ravages of World War II in Greece, avoiding partisanship as directed by his father and suffering the death of his beloved mother. Following the War, Greece bore the scourge of a civil war, which shaped Angelo in his formative years. He bravely endured the devastation of the civil war, again avoiding partisanship.
Angelo was the third of the brood, and he worked in the fields, abandoning his education for which he had a great thirst, and caring for his younger brothers and sisters, fulfilling a promise he made to his mother. When Angelo was fourteen years old he became a tailor’s apprentice in Corinth, Greece, the big city, where he learned his trade as a master tailor, an art for which he had great talent and that he would hone and polish for the rest of his life.
As is mandatory in Greece, Angelo joined the military service at the appropriate time and was stationed as a tourist policeman in Ancient Olympia. There, he met the beautiful and captivating Chrysoula with whom he fell in love, as she did with him. They married and began a new adventure in their life together by crossing the Atlantic and settling with Angelo’s brothers in Canada. In Canada, Angelo and Chrysoula lived in a big house with Angelo’s brothers and their wives, sharing in joys and sorrows, and work and leisure, continuing the loving family they had in Greece.
Angelo learned to be a welder in Canada and learned welding-shop English before formal English. The vocabulary of the welding shop, which he drew upon later in life, caused him some embarrassment and provided hilarious stories he told his children and friends.
After several failed attempts at having children, for which they both longed, Angelo and Chrysoula heard about a doctor in London, Ontario, a thousand miles away, who might be able to help them. With no more information than that, they sold everything they had and moved to London, knowing no one there. The Greek community in London welcomed them, however, and in that community, they made many lifelong friends and baptized many Godchildren, whom they cherished and loved. After learning the name of the doctor through many inquiries, they successfully had two daughters and a son, upon whom they showered love and affection.