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Louis G. Lyras, 73
Campbell… Louis G. Lyras, 73, passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown surrounded by his family.
Lou was born on December 3, 1950, in Youngstown, the son of George E. Lyras and Aspasia Valantasis. He was a 1968 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and later earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from The Ohio State University. He was a lifelong area resident.
Lou was the founder and CEO of Corcon Painting, Inc. He was a pioneer and played an integral part in revolutionizing safety standards and ensuring the well-being of all who worked in the bridge painting industry. Lou was very active in SSPC, serving in over 19 committees, including the Standards Review Committee. He also served as Chairman of the SSPC PCCP Advisory Committee. He wrote many articles for the JPCL and Road and Bridge Magazine and was a contributing speaker at SSPC’s National Conference, the Old Lead Paint Removal Conference and the International Bridge Conference. He was the Chairman of the Ohio Bridge Painting Contractors. In addition, Lou sat on the board for the New York Structural Steel Painting Contractors Association in New York City. Some iconic bridge painting projects that he completed include Verrazano Narrows Bridge, Walt Whitman, Ben Franklin & Commodore Barry, Betsy Ross and many others.
Philanthropy was a very important part of Lou’s life though unknown to most everyone. He believed in being generous and charitable. He perpetually helped others, doing anything in his power to uplift those who not only surrounded him but anyone who needed help.
He co-produced a painting documentary called Bridge Brothers. He was the co-owner of Penguin City Brewing Company in Downtown Youngstown and loved stopping in and chatting with the patrons and bartenders.
Lou, being an avid reader with a zest for all the sciences and cosmic curiosities, wrote the science fiction novel, “The Tragonite Wars” which will be published in a few weeks.
Lou always had a passion for politics, and in 2018 and 2022 he was a candidate for the United States Congress, 6th Congressional District. Lou loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, whom he made countless memories with. He enjoyed reading, swimming, playing Risk, vacations to Greece and Florida, politics, and Ohio State football. Lou loved debating with his grandchildren and was very passionate about family history and keeping all the family photo albums and videos.
He was a member of Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church.
Lou will be deeply missed and always remembered by his wife, the former Karena Poullas, whom he married August 15, 1987; his children, Aspasia (Richard) Lyras-Bernacki of Youngstown, George (Athena) Lyras of Lowellville, Marissa Hostal of Poland, and Michael (Touli) Hostal, also of Poland, Emmanuel (Katerina) Lyras of Campbell, Nick (Richie) Lyras of Pittsburgh, and Charles Smith of Campbell; grandchildren, Hollis Bernacki, Eleni, Elias, and Iraklis Lyras, Michael and Pano “Mr. P” Hostal, Elias and Michael Lyras; and his brothers and sisters, Irene (Tom) Psaras, Gus (Norma) Lyras, and Steve (Maria) Lyras; mother-in-law, Maria Poullas; sisters-in-law, Helen Patrick, Kathy (Michael) Monokandilos.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother-in-law Richard Patrick.
The Lyras family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends Sunday, February 4, 2024, from 2-5:00 p.m. at the funeral home, and afterwards the family will be at Penguin City Brewing Taproom, 460 E. Federal St. Downtown Youngstown, and again on Monday, February 5, 2024, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Campbell. Funeral services, officiated by Rev. Steve Denas and Fr. Gus Valantasis, will follow at 10:30 a.m. in Church.