Xenofon G. Kopasakis|
Virginia Beach - Xenofon G. Kopasakis (Fonda) passed away Monday, April 1, 2013, in his home surrounded by his loving family, after having fought a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Piraeus, Greece, served in the Greek Navy, and later became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He was an avid soccer player and played as the starting goalkeeper for the professional Greek soccer team Olympiakos as well as for the Greek National Team. He remained passionate about soccer throughout his life. He was a member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Nanette, and his two daughters, Voula & Antionette, his proudest accomplishments. In addition, he is survived by several uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents George and Dievovoula and his sister Eleni Rikhy.
The family will receive family and friends from 4:00 - 6:30 on Thursday, April 4, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments on Laskin Road. A Trisagion service will be held at 6:30 by Rev. Fr. Constantine Rogakos.
The funeral will be conducted on Friday, April 5 at 11 a.m. at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 7220 Granby St., Norfolk. by the Very Rev. Fr. Ambrose Bitzidis-Bowers, Fr. John Manuel, Rev. Fr. Constantine Rogakos, and Fr. George Chioros. Burial will be at the Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will also receive guests at the church after the interment.
The family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses, and caregivers who cared for him during his illness. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Duke Cancer Institute, Lung Cancer Research, in memory of Xenofon Kopasakis, Att: Thomas A. D'Amico, MD, DUMC 3496, Durham, NC 27713. Online condolences may be made to the family at hdoliver.com.
May his memory be eternal.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Apr. 3, 2013