A big man who worked construction for 32 years, Gregory Elias Trezos also had a passion for golf, poker and spending time with friends and family.

Trezos, a Santa Rosa resident for the last 15 years, died of an apparent heart attack in San Francisco on Jan. 28. He was 50.

People often asked if he played pro football, owing to his size, but Trezos' connection to the game consisted of playing football at Analy High School in Sebastopol and rooting for the Oakland Raiders.

"He loved being a Tiger," said his wife, Tracy Trezos, referring to his high school gridiron days.

With the San Francisco 49ers playing in the Super Bowl, Trezos had grudgingly agreed to pull for the other Bay Area team. But when the New Orleans Superdome lights went out during the game on Feb. 3, Trezos' friends thought it might be a message from him.

"He did not care for the Niners," Tracy Trezos said.

Coincidentally, Trezos had won $600 playing Texas Hold'em poker at the 101 Casino in Petaluma on Jan. 26 and had planned to spend it in Reno on Super Bowl game day.

Like many other Lotto players, Trezos dreamed of hitting the jackpot. "His joke was, 'I might take a week off work'" (if he won), his wife said.

Trezos golfed almost every Saturday with two friends, picking up a fourth man to round out their group. He played all over the area, often at his favorite course at Cache Creek Casino Resort in Yolo County.

With a 20 handicap, Trezos "didn't break any records" on the links, his wife said, but he was noted as the golfer with the third most tee times booked online in California.

Born in Charleston, S.C., Trezos moved with his family to Sebastopol as in infant, moved around with his father in the service, and returned to Sebastopol as a teen.

Graduating from Analy in 1980, he briefly attended College of the Redwoods, then took a job with a local builder at age 18.

Trezos joined Carpenters Local 751 and learned the trade, working mostly on commercial interior remodeling jobs in San Francisco. He was proud of building a Petaluma bank from the ground up about four years ago, his wife said.

Trezos shied away from attention, she said, but after attending a friend's 50th birthday party decided he, too, would like one.

"I was like, it is on," said Tracy Trezos, a party planner. The event was a round of golf in Windsor, followed by a party at the Windsor Grange Hall last April 12.

Trezos subsequently said he'd like a retirement party, possibly this year, but he "never got to retire," she said.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, are his daughter, Gina Trezos of Elk Grove; son, Greg Trezos Jr. of Santa Rosa; sisters, Denise Horner of Santa Rosa and Teresa Trezos Renati of Rohnert Park; father, Lee Trezos of Arizona; parents-in-law, Judi and Ed Mori of Forestville; father-in-law Jerry Barrick of Bend, Ore. and grandmother, Mary Ella Barrick of Bend, Ore.

About 600 people attended a celebration of Trezos' life on Sunday at the Community Church of Sebastopol.

—Guy Kovner