Obituary of Demetrios "Jimmy" Papadopoulos
Loving husband, father and grandfather, Demetrios Spiro Papadopoulos, 90, of Staten Island, New York passed away on March 28, 2022, peacefully surrounded by his loving children at his bedside. He was husband to the late Ursula (nee Tufano) and is survived by his children Spiro Papadopoulos, Nicholas Pappas, Patricia Alevrontas and her husband Theodore, George Papadopoulos and his wife Maria, Ralph Papadopoulos and his wife Yvette, Peter Papadopoulos and his wife Jackie. He was a doting Papou (grandfather) to his twelve grandchildren, Demetri, Ella, Ava (Pappas); Christopher, Demitria, Penelope (Alevrontas); Alexandra, Gregory, Jonathan (Papadopoulos); Andrew (Papadopoulos); Alexander and Quinn (Papadopoulos). He also had many loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The youngest of six children, Demetrios was born in Agoriani, Greece to Spiro and Panagiota Papadopoulos. He came to America in the mid-1960s and made a career in the restaurant business in New York City. There he met his wife Ursula and together they had five children. Demetrios and Ursula moved with their children to Staten Island in 1979. Demetrios was known to most people as Jimmy and made some of the best donuts ever—he was the true Donut King! He enjoyed cooking his favorite Greek dishes and teaching his children how to make them too. He regaled his children and grandchildren with stories of his childhood in Greece: running through the mountains, herding sheep, and even helping the resistance in WWII. Later, as a young man, he went on to serve in the Greek military. He loved watching Westerns, playing his accordion, spending time at Heartland Bagels, rooting for the Mets, and playing backgammon with his children and grandchildren. He was always very warm and welcoming, with a great smile, and he was truly happy when surrounded by those he loved.
Visitation is at Matthew Funeral Home at 2508 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY on Sunday, April 3rd from 3-6 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 4th at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 1641 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY, followed by burial at Ocean View, The Cemetery Beautiful.