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Died: Sun., Aug. 11, 2013

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 Konstantine "Dino" Koutroumanis, 99, of Orange, beloved father and pappou, passed away peacefully on August 11, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was the widower of Eleni Kotsaftis Koutroumanis. 

 Dino was born in Lapanagi, Greece on January 20, 1914, son of the late Gregory and Eleni Fakou Koutroumanis.

While in Greece he proudly served in the Greek National Army during World War II from 1939 - 1944 where he fought alongside the Allies for Freedom and Democracy. After WW II he fought in the Greek Civil War from 1947 - 1949 to help liberate Greece from the Communist regime. He immigrated to the United States in 1955 with his eldest son, Gregory and settled in Waterbury. In 1958 he was joined by the rest of his family; his wife, Eleni, sons Anthony and George and daughters Penny and Vicky.  He worked at Anaconda American Brass, French Tube Division and as the groundskeeper at Quassy Amusement Park until 1975 when he retired and moved to Orange where he made his home with his son, Anthony and his daughter-in-law Maria.

After his retirement he was a daily fixture at his sons' establishment, Yorkside Pizza Restaurant in New Haven, where he was lovingly known as "Pappou" to everyone who worked there.  In the early morning he helped prepare the food at the restaurant and when he finished he would be seen taking his daily 3 mile walk around Yale University and the New Haven Green.  In the winter months he traveled to Palm Harbor, FL, living with his son Gregory and his daughter-in-law Marcia, , where he continued his daily walks.  Above everything else, Dino loved his children and their spouses, and adored his grandchildren, their spouses, and his great-grandchildren.  He was an extremely devout Greek Orthodox Christian, an avid reader; and enjoyed walking and gardening.

 He is survived by his loving children, Gregory Koutroumanis and his wife Marcia of Palm Harbor, FL, Anthony Koutroumanis and his wife Maria of Orange, Penny Pecka and her husband Richard of Waterbury, Vicky Vagenas and her husband George of Orange, and George Koutroumanis and his wife Nota of Woodbridge; 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Besides his wife Eleni and his parents, he is predeceased by his brothers, Anthony, Panayiotis, and Vasilios Koutroumanis and his sister Golfo Dousmanis.

The family would like to thank the Shady Knoll Nursing Home and the VITAS nursing staff for the diligent and compassionate support they provided to Dino throughout the past 5 months. 

 Friends and family may call at The Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St. (cor. Dwight) New Haven Friday from 4 to 8 pm. and are invited to attend funeral services at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange on Saturday at 12:00 Noon. Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: St. Barbara's Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT 06477.

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Eugene L Esares
   Posted Tue August 13, 2013
My family and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Koutroumanis family on the loss of their beloved patriarch.

Mr. Koutroumanis had a gentle soul and carried himself with great dignity and grace. The legacy he leaves is of a strong and vibrant family that carries his name proudly. His strong faith in the Lord was truly an inspiration to those of us at St. Barbara Church. We will miss him, dearly.

I'IIIII I IIIII. May his memory be eternal.

Marion Procopion Price
   Posted Tue August 13, 2013
Sincerest condolences to the entire Koutroumanis family at this sad time. I have such fond childhood memories of Penny & Vicky at so many church functions in Waterbury, & realize that Mr. Koutroumanis made that all possible.
May his memory be eternal.

Ji Kotsaftis
   Posted Tue August 13, 2013
As was mentioned above , "a gentle soul and carried himself with great dignity and grace.

Uncle Dino was a man who I had great respect for, always.

See you later Uncle Dino.

Elaine Johnson
   Posted Tue August 13, 2013
Deepest sympathies from the Johnson Family, Stuart, Elaine, Nicholas and Zoe. My memories of Papou go back to my childhood through today. He always had a smile for me and gracious greetings. Although there were some language barriers, we always seemed to communicate.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

George Synodi
   Posted Tue August 13, 2013
To the Koutroumanis Family;

My sincerest condolences to the entire family. It is my hope that with the passage of time your sadness will be replaced by the many warm and happy memories of a life incredibly well lived.

In reading his obituary it's evident that he lived a very full and vibrant life through some incredible times.

Pat & Georgia Demetriades Marchitto
   Posted Tue August 13, 2013
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Mr Koutroumanis, we send our sympathy to the family. May his memory be eternal

Andrea Constantinidi Lawrence
   Posted Tue August 13, 2013
My deepest sympathies go out to all the Koutroumanis family. I echo Genes's thoughts with saying that Mr Koutroumanis leaves a grand legacy. He has an amazing family that loved and adored him.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Koutroumanis family.

May his memory be eternal

The Lawrence Family- Josh, Andrea, Gabriel and Christopher

Aquiles & Mary Constantinidi
   Posted Wed August 14, 2013
Deepest sympathies to the Koutroumanis family. May Mr Koutroumanis memory be eternal.

Helena Soderholm
   Posted Wed August 14, 2013
Sweet Sweet Papoli!
What a wonderful man he is,loved seeing him prepping in the back kitchen.Many times he would bring me fabulous giant tomatoes from his garden and Mrs K would make us tomatoe and onion salad.Was at Tonis house visiting,all of a sudden Pappou came and gave me a wonderful white very fragrant flower from the garden.That gesture made me feel extremely special and happy.I will carry that with me forever.Rest in peace sweet man it is an honor to have been part of your life.All my Love Allways & Forever

Prudence Giannini
   Posted Fri August 16, 2013
To the Koutroumanis Family,
I would like to give My Deepest Sympathy , to the Family and Friends of Dino. I only knew you a short time. However I feel so Lucky to have gotten to meet such a Wonderful Man and such a Loving Family.
You will always be in my Heart. May you Rest in Peace. Prudence Giannini

Rigoberto Quiroz
   Posted Sat August 17, 2013
I would like to give my deepest sympathy to dino's family and friends .I was happy to have met dino's family because they were so devoted and caring to him.Rest in peace papa .Rigoberto Quiroz

Ji Kotsaftis
   Posted Sun August 18, 2013
Uncle Dino was truly a man I respected. He had a humble and calm Spirit. His main concern was his family and was waiting all these years to be with his wife.

I know they are both in heaven having the time of their lives.

See you later Uncle Dino. I could see all his goodness reflected in his wonderful family. See you later Uncle Dino and say hello to aunt Helen and my son Jacob.

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