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Georgios "George" Dimitrios Theofanopoulos, Sr.

Georgios "George" Dimitrios Theofanopoulos, Sr.
  • August 14, 1927 - September 14, 2014
  • Macomb Township, Michigan

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Georgios Dimitrios Theofanopoulos was born on August 14, 1927 in Tripi-Sparta, Greece. His father Dimitrios and mother Metaxia welcomed him. His sister Helena soon joined him as well as sisters Bessie, Anna and Athena. George grew up in Tripi- Sparta until he was drafted into the Greek army in 1945. He became a cook in the Greek army until he was discharged in 1949. Once he was discharged George spent some time in Athens, Greece, until George's uncle John brought him to Bronx New York. In 1954, after spending sometime in New York, George decided to join his Uncle Peter in Detroit, Michigan. George's uncle Peter helped him get a job in the restaurant business because of his experience as a cook in the Greek army. Soon after George became smitten with a young women working as an elevator operator in the Penobscot building in downtown Detroit. He frequented her elevator and soon after George became engaged to Harriet Freeman in 1956. George and Harriet were married on April 14th, 1956. After becoming newlyweds they resided in Detroit, Michigan. In early 1958, George bought and created "Market Grille Restaurant and Bar" on the Eastern Market (of which he owned and operated for 32 years). On September 6th, 1958 George and Harriet welcomed a healthy baby girl named Maxine Bridget Theofanopoulos. On October 17th, 1959 George Dimitrios Theofanopoulos jr. was born. George and Harriet were overjoyed to have two healthy beautiful children. George spent the next couple decades being a successful restaurant owner, businessman and father. On September 21st, 1979 George welcomed his first grandchild, Pamela Theofanopoulos. George welcomed his first grandson, Georgios Dimitrios Theofanopoulos II(aka Jimmy) on November 23, 1988 and second granddaughter, Monique Zein Jablaoui on December 28th, 1988. In 1991 after thirty-two years of being a staple of the Eastern Market and a restaurant owner, George sold "Market Grille Restaurant and Bar." George retired with pride and knowing he worked hard being a wise businessman. On August 15th, 1992 George lost his wife Harriet to cancer. Through his grief of losing his wife he found joy on May 20th, 1994 with the birth of his fourth grandchild, Jacob Donald Theofanopoulos. When joining his church's single community he came in contact with Joan Staniszewski. He courted Joan through 1995-1996 and they were married on September 7th, 1996. Both families were overjoyed to come together to be one. George and Joan were happy for many years with their new home in New Baltimore, Michigan and their many vacations to Greece, Hawaii, Mexico and various parts of the United States while enjoying their retirement. In 2012, George fell ill and struggled with illness for two years. George Dimirios Theofanopoulos passed on September 14th, 2014. His family and friends will forever remember him and has legacy as a patriarch of the family and an example of an outstanding father, grandfather, husband and friend. His life touched ours in more ways than can be spoken, and will forever be in our hearts and lived out through our actions.

Created by Monique & Maxine Jablaoui

Tribute to Grandpa

Many people knew George Theofanopoulos as many things but to me he was grandpa. When I think of grandpa I will always remember the hats he use to wear, the car he use to drive and the magazines he always liked to read. There are many stories of my grandfather that will live on to be told at Christmas, birthday parties and family events but what I will remember most are his life lessons. "Love doesn't put bread and butter on the table" will forever live on through my grandfather's legacy and memory. I will always cherish the stories and history lessons he told me about the olden days. I will miss the talks we would have about what was going on in the world and how the stocks were doing. My grandfather was the patriarch of his family, teaching each and every one of us the value of being hard working. It wasn't only the lessons he taught through his words but it was the lessons he taught through his actions. His actions of always being there when you had a problem, his actions of being an example of a hard workingman who you looked up to will always be cherished. George Theofanopoulos taught his family many lessons and the most important one was love. He loved his family dearly through his words and his actions. I will always remember him for the wonderful man and loving grandfather he was.

Monique Jablaoui

George is survived by his wife, Joan; children, Maxine Jablaoui and George (Delane) Theofanopoulos Jr.; grandchildren, Pam, Jimmy (Mariangela), Monique (Joshua Hickey) and Jacob Theofanopoulos; sisters, Helena, Bessie, Anna, Athena and many extended loved ones and friends.