Father Michael Gulgas Falls Asleep in the Lord

Fr. Michael Charles Gulgas

May 11, 1956 - April 7, 2024

Reverend Father Michael Gulgas, 67 of Amherst, fell asleep in the Lord, Sunday, April 7, 2024, on the mid Lenten Celebration of the Cross, in St. John Medical Center, Westlake following a lengthy illness.

He was born May 11, 1956, in Youngstown, Ohio to Charles and Mary Eliades Gulgas. He was a native son of the Metropolis of Pittsburgh, having grown up in Youngstown attending their own St. Nicholas Parish until he left for Brookline, Massachusetts. He graduated in 1974 from Chaney High School in Youngstown. He attended Youngstown State University before transferring to Hellenic College/ Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline. He had no question about his desire and calling to serve the Lord from a very young age. Upon graduation in 1982 with a Master of Theology, Fr. Michael was married Tina Frangos Gulgas, and soon after ordained into the priesthood and set off to his first parish assignment.

Fr. Michael served as an assistant at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of Flushing, New York for two years. He was then assigned as the pastor at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of Lorain. Fr. Michael served prayerfully for over 38 years until his retirement in 2022. He was the longest tenured pastor of the community in its now 101-year history.  Fr. Michael spent his pastime painting icons in the Byzantine style and perfecting his melodic voice in Byzantine chant. He would read about the founding fathers of the church and American history. He admired and modeled the style of many pillars of Orthodoxy and American presidents. 
He leaves behind his wife, Tina (nee Frangos) of 42 years. Tina taught for 30 years at Lorain City Schools. They were the preacher and the teacher tag team. He also leaves a legacy with a son Constantine (wife Michaela) and a son Spyridon who were considered his right guard and his left guard. He leaves behind two highly cherished grandchildren, Niko and Elaina who brightened his day with each of their visits. Fr. Michael leaves his brother John in Boardman, Ohio to cherish memories of their early years with family and friends. He also leaves behind his brother-in-law, Larry Frangos with whom he shared a love of Byzantine chant, and many nieces and nephews.

Other than his parents Fr. Michael was preceded in death by his sister-in-law Helen in December this year. 

The number of beloved and cherished extended family and friends in the parish is countless. After 38 years he was an integral part of the creation of many families. He married couples, baptized their children, celebrated the marriages of those children and baptized their children. He was truly loved watching them as his own growing family. Fr. Michael cherished and valued the relationships he built through the years as he collaborated with many for the glory of St. Nicholas.

His family will receive friends at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 2000 Tower Boulevard, Lorain, Sunday, April 14, 2024, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A Presanctified Divine Liturgy Monday, April 15th: 8:30 am, Calling Hours 10:00 am until 11:00 am Funeral of a Clergyman, His Eminence Metropolitan Savas will preside. Interment to follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park Amherst. 

In lieu of flowers the family asks that any memorial gifts be sent to the family who will in turn distribute to many charities dear to Fr. Michael's heart.

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