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Sotirios (Sam) Panopoulos

PANOPOULOS, Sotirios (Sam) - Born in Vourvoura, Greece, in 1934, Sotirios (Sam) Panopoulos passed away suddenly in his 83rd year at University Hospital on Thursday, June 8, 2017, with his loving family by his side. Beloved husband of Christina, with whom he just celebrated his 50th anniversary. Loving father to Margie (Peter Chelonis) and Bill (Michelle Searle). Adoring "Papou" to Christina, Demetria, Isabella and Alexandreia-Sotiria, the lights of his life. Devoted brother to Katerina (Niko) Papamichael in Greece, brother-in-law of Eleni in Greece, Mary in London and remembered by Georgia & Panayiotis Oikonomakos, Isabella & Kostas Tselepis and Kiki & the late Euripedes Tzortzakakis, all in Greece. Predeceased by his brothers Elias and Nikitas. Cherished by many nieces, nephews, cousins and remembered by his many friends in Canada, the United States and Greece who are missing him terribly. In 1954, when he was 20 years old, Sam immigrated to Canada and operated several successful restaurants alongside his brothers Elias & Nikitas. An unforgettable personality, Sam was respected by many for providing strong and dependable advice, and for his exceedingly generous nature. Fiercely loyal and protective, his candid and frank sense of humour, his booming laugh and blunt honesty will be missed by his family, friends, former employees and customers. Friends will be received at the LOGAN FUNERAL HOME , 371 Dundas Street, on Sunday June 11th from 6-9pm. Prayers will be held in the Logan Chapel at 8pm. The funeral service will be conducted at the HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH , 133 Southdale Road West, on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 11:00am. Interment to take place at Woodland Cemetery after the service. Donations to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be expressed at A tree will be planted, by the Logan Funeral Home, as a living memorial to Sam Panopoulos. 13182311
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Posted by Penny Vamvakaris (Friend) On Thursday, June 22, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing you now have an Angel in Heaven to watch over you.

God Bless.

Goodbye to a fellow villager!
Posted by Anna Kritikos (Born in Vourvoura) On Wednesday, June 14, 2017
My son happened to read a CBC news article in regards to the inventor of the Hawaiian Pizza and noticed Mr. Panopoulos was born in my very small village of Vourvoura. I left as a baby but my father Demetris Kokkokios had a tavern there before he immigrated to Calgary and was very known by all.

We offer our sincere condolences to a fellow countryman who obviously made our village and his family very proud. Perhaps he is having a glass of "krasi" with my Dad in heaven! May he rest in peace.

Posted by June Kennedy (Friend) On Monday, June 12, 2017
Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Treasure your memories.
A Good Man Taken Home
Posted by Wayne Tope (Friend from Chatham) On Monday, June 12, 2017
It is sad to hear about Sam's passing. As a teen-ager during my high=school years in Chatham I worked for Sam at the Satellite Drive-Inn Restaurant enjoyed every moment back then. Years later, here in London, I stumbled upon Sam at his "retirement" restaurant and shared stories and good times from the past with him. I am sadden at his sudden death. I will always remember him. Thank you, Sam!
A good and gracious man.
Posted by J. Kevin MacDonald (from Chatham, ON) On Monday, June 12, 2017
Remembering this man from Chatham, as well as London.

I was blessed to have sat with Sam in London and talked a little business.....but mostly just good family conversation.

Blessings to the Family!


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