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Constantine (Connie) L. Lagakis passed away on February 9th, 2022.  He was born June 27, 1923 in Hempstead, NY, the son of Louis and Olive Lagakis.

He attended the Citadel, served in WWII and the Korean War, where he commanded Company B, 7th Infantry Division.  After serving in the military, he joined Ethicon, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson. He was the consummate salesman and won many awards and accolades.

He and his wife, Nalda (deceased) moved to Beaufort, SC in 1985 where they lived a full life cultivating wonderful friendships and his beloved vegetable garden.  They were also able to travel to all parts of the world.  Connie was a member of The Thursday Club and The Seventh Infantry Regiment Society.

Connie is survived by his daughter, Lee (Michael) Boswell of Beaufort, SC, his son, Mark (Betsy) Lagakis of Callawassie Island, SC, and three grandsons, Brock Lagakis, Peter Boswell and Kyle (Allison) Lagakis (all who affectionately called him Grumps). He was predeceased by his sister Jean Benner.

His family would like to thank his wonderful neighbors, especially the Warren’s, the Baggett’s, the Cunningham’s and the Leitner’s for their care and support of Connie over the years.  He spoke so highly of each of them and was so appreciative of all that they did for him.

A graveside service for Connie will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 8, 2022 at Beaufort National Cemetery with United States Army honors.

It is requested that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association (, PO Box 270341, Milwaukee, WI 53227 or the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation, Heart and Vascular Center, 18 Bee Street, MSC 450, Charleston, SC 29425.

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  1. Bill & Judy Warren says:

    Judy and I mourn Con’s passing. He was a great friend and good neighbor and we will miss him greatly.

  2. Jack and Mary Cunningham says:

    What an incredible man Connie was! He and Nalda were fabulous neighbors in our beloved Ashdale.

  3. Kathleen and Fred Cosco says:

    A life well lived!!! He and Connie were the best neighbors anyone could wish for.

  4. Steve and Lori Baggett says:

    Through sadness we celebrate the privilege of getting to know and love such a great American , husband , neighbor and friend . Connie always welcomed us with a smile sharing his time , stories and vegetables .
    Our boys also loved spending time with him .
    We are honored that he called us friends .

  5. Kathy & Don Orso says:

    We are so sad your father has died. But, so happy that he had so many healthy and happy years. Lucky you having a dad who was so energetic, bright, fun loving, and welcoming. We will always remember how proud he was showing us your mom‘s quilts and his remarkable clock collection.
    Don & Kathy

  6. Barry Davidson says:

    I was fortunate enough to be in the Hempstead High School Class of 1958…we spent all our free time across from the high school at “Louies”…by then it was run by Louie’s son Connie… was right out of Happy Days….when I retired to Beaufort I ran into Connie….60 years later and you knew it was him….what a unique and quality person…98 years old and you’d never know it…he was, and is, a legend in my mind

  7. Ellen & Gerald Grunsell says:

    Our sincere condolences to you and all who loved your father. It was our pleasure to know him (and your mother) and help him with his treasured clocks.
    We can still hear his voice… what a good and happy man.. He is with Nalda now..
    Sincerely, Ellen and Gerald

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