Ernest Grekis 1939-2019
CORTLAND — Ernest “Ernie” “The Coach” Grekis, 80, passed away Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at Trumbull Regional Medical Center.
He was born May 29, 1939, in Warren, the son of the late Achillis “Archie” and Lela “Elena” Zapnoukaya Grekis.
Ernie was a 1957 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and a graduate of Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, philosophy and education, and a master’s degree in secondary administration from Dayton University. He had also attended Bowling Green for one year.
He had retired from Lakeview High School as a history teacher in 1996, as the track and cross country coach in 2000. In 1970, he was the assistant head coach of the Lakeview cross country championship team.
He previously taught at Crestview for four years, where he had received the Jennings Award for outstanding teacher. In the late 1970s, he started the Lakeview girls cross country team.
Ernie had received the Coach of the Year award in Trumbull County for his cross country teams’ numerous years competing. The team under his leadership was instrumental in starting the 10-mile race fundraiser in 1978, and the Lakeview School Hall of Fame. In 1995, Lakeview was runner-up in their division of the cross country state championship and he had coached other cross country state championship competitors, including Scott Snow, Steve James and Glen McCaslin, as well as other Lakeview cross country athletes.
He was a member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Warren, AHEPA Zeus 88, and the Lakeview Teachers Association NEO.
Ernie was a history and Civil War buff, loved horses and enjoyed trotters. He was an avid Lakeview Bulldogs, The Ohio State University Buckeyes, YSU Penguins, Crestview Rebels and Warren G. Harding Panthers football fan.
His passion was golf and he loved and owned horses.
He is survived by his two sisters, Bess (James) Hord of Fort Myers, Fla., and Pauline Grekis of Warren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Danny Grekis.
Family and friends may pay their respects 5 to 7 p.m. — with a 5 p.m. Trisagion Service — Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, and from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road NE, Warren, Ohio 44483. A service will be at 11 a.m.Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Warren, with the Rev. Constantine Valantasis officiating.
Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Cortland.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made, in Ernie’s name, to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 429 High St., Warren, Ohio 44481 or to the Lakeview Athletic Boosters Fund.
The family was also very thankful for all the visits, love, concerns, support and prayers for Ernie.
Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guestbook, and send condolences to Ernie’s family.