portrait picture for Demosthenis (Dennis) Tsopanides

Wake: Friends may call on Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. Services: 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. Donations: Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org).

Demosthenis (Dennis) Tsopanides


November 24, 1966 ~ December 05, 2011

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, 2 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.  Services 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.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org).

 

 

 

  1. To the Entire Tsopanides Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Dennis passing, he was such a nice person very kind and considerate, he will be missed, We will keep you all in our prayers, God Bless.

    December 6, 2011
    Timothy & Darlene Voight -
  • Dear Rena and Family,

    We are deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Dennis. He was a very kind person and will be deeply missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    December 6, 2011
    Roberta and Mark Sekas and Family -
  • Dear Rena,Tim,Lisa,
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Dennis. Having just seen him I will always remember his laugh, good spirit and warm smile. He will be missed by all that knew him and loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this very difficult time.

    Jeff & Gail Hall – December 6, 2011

    December 6, 2011
    JEFF HALL -
  • After 20 years there are no words to describe you Dennis. This absolute Giant who was such a sweet, kind, thoughtful, funny, crazy guy who had such a flare for the extreme and who definately lived life in an almost scary fashion was one of a kind. Always there for anyone to talk to or whenever one needed some help anytime, day or night. He had such a way about him that you couldn’t help but love as soon as you met him.. we had some really fun, rough and really happy times together. We will always hold a very special place in our hearts for him.
    All of my family send our thoughts, love and prayers out to the entire family and most of all Rena Marie, Phillip and Patrice. We talked about you guys so often in every conversation. Always know that that he loved the three of you with such a deep love and compassion holding each of you very close to his heart… Always so very proud of each of you and to elated to say that you were his children. He’ll always be rembered. Be strong, and remember… he’s with YaYa now so we know he’s in good hands and a much, much more comfortable, peaceful place. ox to all of you.

    December 6, 2011
    Janet and Ashley Adler (and Augie) -
  • Rena, Tim and your entire family,

    Our sincere condolences to all of you on your loss. We just started getting to know Dennis over the past year or so and this is a sad day for all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was truely a gentle, friendly, and outgoing giant of a person who will be greatly missed. May God bless you all and welcome Dennis into his home of everlasting life and love

    December 7, 2011
    The DiBlase Family, Tony, Ana, Tia, Neal & Michael -
  • To the entire Tsopanides family,

    We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dennis. He was a good friend of mine for over 27 years and his smile will be missed.

    With love, the Epifano family.

    December 7, 2011
    John Epifano -
  • To the Tsopanides Family —

    I’m greatly saddened to learn that Dennis, my friend and wrestling teammate from Norwalk High School, has passed away. I haven’t seen him in years, but whenever I spoke of him to mutual friends, it was always with a smile on my face. He was an excellent wrestler and a man whose obvious, enthusiastic love for his family and friends are a true model to emulate. Please accept my condolences for your loss.

    Dan Mangan

    December 7, 2011
    Dan Mangan -
  • Dear Tsopanides Family, We are so very sorry to hear of Dennis’ passing. There are no words to say. All I can offer is to hold dear to your heart you cherished memories. Dennis’ love for each of you will give you all the strength that you will need to get throught this extremely difficult time. If there is anything anyone ever needs, please dont hesitate to let us know.

    Our thoughts and all our love to you,
    Michele and Tony Vitti

    December 7, 2011
    Michele Vitti -
  • Dear Rena,Tim,Lisa, RenaMarie, Phillip & Patrice
    I am so sorry to hear of Dennis passing. I will always remember his laugh, and happy demeanor. He will be missed by everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family at this very difficult time.
    God Bless You All,
    Pam and Felix Hernandez

    December 7, 2011
    Pamela Hernandez -
  • To the Tsopanides Family,
    We are very sorry to hear that Dennis has passed. Even though my memories of Dennis are from a while ago, it seems it was just yesterday that our Greek gang was hanging out and having youthful fun together. Dennis’ love for his family was greater than anything else. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God Bless him.
    Peter Georgiopoulos.

    December 8, 2011
    Peter Georgiopoulos -
  • Dear Rena,

    It is so sad to hear of your son’s death. We are in Arizona and a friend was kind enough to inform us. I know these are terribly difficult times for you, but I also know you have the support of your Kimberly Diner Family as well as your immediate family. Stay strong. He is in God’s hands now.

    Love,
    Marie and Frank Casanova

    December 8, 2011
    Marie and Frank Casanova -
  • Dear Dear Rena,
    Mike and I and our family are in the state of shock hearing the news just last night about Dennis. We just can’t believe it.
    Dennius was such a special young man, and that beautiful smile, and his loving ways will be embedded in our hearts forever. Our love thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. I am just speechless at this point but you know how much we Love You and your family.
    Love,
    Nora and Mike Masella

    December 13, 2011
    Nora Mike Masella and family -
  • Rena and family, my deepest heartfelt sympathy to everyone with the loss of Dennis. All of my family feels so bad for all of you. He is now in his Heavenly home with our Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with all family members, God Bless you.

    Love, Marilyn Beutel

    December 14, 2011
    Marilyn Beutel -
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