Augustus "Gus" Panos

A retired phone company engineer and outdoorsman

April 06, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Augustus "Gus" Panos, who worked for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. for more than four decades and was an avid outdoorsman, died March 30 of leukemia at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air.

He was 83.

Mr. Panos was born and raised in Bel Air and lived above the Kandy Kitchen, his family's Main Street restaurant, which later became Panos Bar & Grill.

"Gus came from a wonderful Greek family who ran the Kandy Kitchen, which originally made candy," said Todd Holden, a Harford County photographer and former longtime Aegis reporter.

"They later converted the place into a beer hall with the burgers and Polish hot dogs grilling in the front window. It was a classic piece of old Bel Air for years," he said.

Mr. Panos was a 1944 graduate of Bel Air High School and served as an Army rifleman instructor from 1944 to 1945.

Mr. Panos, who joined C&P in 1947 and worked as an engineer until retiring in 1989, also worked in the family business.

He enjoyed turkey and deer hunting and was an accomplished cook.

Mr. Panos was an avid golfer and bowler. He was a member of a bowling league at Forest Hill Lanes and was a member of the senior golf league at Geneva Farms Golf Course. He was also a member of the American Legion.

When his children were young, he coached Little League baseball.

"Gus was one of the best athletes to come out of Bel Air," said Mr. Holden. "He played in a fast-pitch softball league and was phenomenal to watch."

Mr. Panos was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, where services were held Friday.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Elizabeth Barrow; a son, Peter A. Panos of Bel Air; three daughters, Elizabeth A. Tolliver and Victoria C. Panos, both of Bel Air, and Mary P. Strickland of Goldvein, Va.; a brother, Peter N. Panos of Bel Air; a sister, Pauline McGreevy of Newark, Del.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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