Friends of the site, as many of you know, Stacey's dad, Constantine "Gus" Gotsulias, had been fighting some pretty serious illness the last few weeks. Which, understandably, is why you haven't seen or heard from her much. She'd been too busy by her Mom's and brother's sides, trying to nurse Gus back to health. Unfortunately, this weekend (10/3/14), Gus succumbed and passed away. Although, Stacey told me they watched Jeter's last game together in the hospital and was able to point up at the TV when Jeter doubled in the first inning, before falling asleep before the end of the game. I've been reluctant to write about this out of concern for Stacey's privacy, but at the calling hours last night, Stacey told me it was OK to post something. It's worth noting that Stacey and her brother had a tremendous "NY" flower arrangement last night, and her brother James had on display a 1941 style Yanks cap in honor of the year of Gus' birth. His love of this ballclub clearly impacted the Gotsulias family deeply, which explains how emotionally attached Stacey is with this, and within the way she writes.
Kindly say a prayer (or whatever works for you) for Stacey and her family as they perservere. They showed remarkable strength last evening, although things will undoubtedly get worse before they get better. The funeral is today. Please feel free to use the comments below to convey any messages to her as I am quite certain she will be reading all of them and will appreciate your support. On behalf of her and her family, I thank you.
In lieu of flowers, if you want to make a donation, please send any amount you're comfortable to the Weill-Cornell burn unit, who took such good care of Gus the last few weeks.