[Editor's Note: This announcement was originally published on Dec. 5.]
Demosthenis (Dennis) Tsopanides, 45, of Norwalk, passed away Monday, December 05, 2011 at the Milford Hospital. Born November 24, 1966, he was son of Rena Kalmanites Tsopanides and the late Triantafilos Tsopanides.
Mr. Tsopanides was a life-long Norwalk resident. He graduated Trumbull High School, Class of 1984 where he was an excellent athlete, two-time State Heavyweight Wrestling Champion—and perhaps the greatest Heavyweight wrestler ever in CT scholastic wrestling. He was a giant of a man who loved life and his family. He joins in peace his namesake grandfather, and his grandmother, with whom he was very close, as well as his father and beloved cousin, Dean.
Mr. Tsopanides is survived by his three children, Rena Marie, Triantafilos (Philip), and Patrice Tsopanides all of Fairfield; his brother Timmy Tsopanides of Orange and his sister Lisa Tsopanides of Milford. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles, whom he loved very much.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. The Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday at 10:00 AM in St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 238 West Rocks Road, Norwalk. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Riverside Avenue, Norwalk.