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Louis Francis Mitros

“I am an Architect”…. Louis Francis Mitros (“Bo,” “Hon,” “Dad,” “Uncle Lou,” “Big Lou,” “Papa”), 81, passed away from our earth on Thursday, December 30, in the evening. Born in Roxborough, and a graduate of Temple University, he died as he lived, his own way, with a great strength of spirit and fight; he was surrounded with much love and peace. Lou was half of a long love affair with his wife, Nancy, of 55 years. Without a doubt, Lou’s greatest pride and sense of accomplishment came from raising his 3 children and sending them all through college: Jeffrey (Laramie, Wyoming), Susan (Tacoma, Washington), and Barbara (San Diego, California). Their young marriage brought them to settle in Fort Washington, where in the early days, they embraced the suburban soul by forming The Gourmet Group (where great food and wine has brought and kept friends together for forty plus years). He spent time volunteering at school functions, enjoyed summer nights at the Fort Washington Swim Club, and worked and commuted for many, many years, as a Registered Architect, at the Hillier Group in Princeton, New Jersey. Included among his multiple commercial building contributions as an architect are dormitory buildings at Villanova University and Drew University and renovations at the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City. He served his country proudly as a member of the Naval Squadron, VP931, stationed in Willow Grove and was positioned as a tail gunner during the Korean War. His Navy life showed him the expanse of the Alaskan wilderness and the tropics of Kwajalein Island, places, experiences, and friends emblazoned in his memories. Lou enjoyed canoeing and fishing at Lake Nockamixon; spent time on the Roxborough High School alumni committee; and was an amazing gardener with a savvy for brewing wine from his own homegrown grapes and keeping the deer from his corn patch. Until recent years slowed him, he committed every Saturday afternoon to cutting his grass in near perfect straight lines. Never one to shy from a project, his basement woodworking shop was filled with precisely carved ducks and miniature rocking horses. He loved nature and the outdoors; he loved Ocean City, New Jersey, and Sanibel Island, Florida, where he taught his kids to respect and love the sea with lessons on fishing, clamming, and crabbing. Trips to Europe, California, Washington State, Wyoming, Hawaii and exploring the entire US came later in life, with his wife by his side, when the road was open and his time was his own. Golf became a fast addiction, a habit supported by his part-time job at the Ambler YMCA, where he proudly wore the “red shirt”. His love of sports and athletics began in high school as a Varsity member of the track, swimming, and basketball teams. He was never late for a tee time, was a card carrying member of the USGA, and was not too boastful of the one magnificent season with two holes-in-one (3 members of his loyal 4some will bear witness to this feat). As Papa, he shared 6 grandchildren with Nancy and had special memorable relationships with each. Lou lived an uncomplicated life; waited for the right moment to create a laugh with a subtle quip; had a charming presence worthy of the nickname “Big Lou”; was unwavering in his devotion to his wife and family and home. He will be forever missed and loved. Here’s an extra kiss for you, Dad.

Services will be held on Thursday January 6, 2010 at St Alphonsus Church, 29 Conwell Drive Maple Glen, PA. Friends may call from 10am to 11am with a funeral mass beginning at 11am. Internment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be sent to The Strong Kids Campaign at the Ambler Area YMCA, c/o Lois Mitros 1325 McKean Rd, Ambler PA 19002.

Arrangements by Shaeff-Myers Funeral Home, Inc

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