John Andrew Photopulos, 73, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. Beloved son of the late Andreas and Mary (nee Pikoulas). John was the youngest of three, survived by his adoring sisters Angeline Variames (the late Steve), Katherine Mitzenmacher (late Allen), and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Harry and Joan Manos. John was known as ‘Photo’ by many, most notably by his cherished wife, Roula Photopulos (nee Manos). Together, they raised three children, Maria Photopulos, Andrew Photopulos (Christine), and Georgia Photopulos (Pete Szewczyk). John adored his granddaughter, Emily Grace Photopulos whom he called his ‘little girl’. Known fondly as Uncle Butch, he dearly loved his nieces, nephews, and their children. He was also a dear cousin and treasured friend to so many.
John will be remembered for his unwavering generosity and dedication to all his family, friends, neighbors and beyond, which he demonstrated in many ways – perhaps most distinctly as a host. Starting with their Wedding in 1977, John and Roula threw legendary parties. From Greek Easter to New Years Eve, Memorial Day BBQs to birthdays – these events were lively and filled with what they rejoiced in most: noise and love. A class act who never wanted the limelight, John knew what he wanted, and always gave and received respect. He quietly fought hard and left us with a framework of strength and resilience that will weather any storm.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2020, from 1 – 6 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Home, 820 Talcott (at Cumberland), Park Ridge, Illinois.
In light of current COVID19 restrictions, face masks and social distancing are required. As the lounge in the funeral home is closed, please refrain from bringing food or drink to the service. If you do not feel well, it is recommended that you stay home and rest. Online condolences may be made at www.jgadinamis.com.
In John’s memory and in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Mayo Clinic email@example.com or St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church.
May His Memory Be Eternal
John was a big man…not only in stature, but in his heart. We met John and Roula when our kids were growing up in Arlington Heights. I remember the first party we attended for Greek Easter. Fortunately, we knew John & Roula and the kids. Outside of that, we were so out of our element, but felt so welcomed. Here was this family, roasting a pig on a spit in the backyard, introducing us to so many friends and family, it was overwhelming. But on our walk home, we were reminiscing about what had just happened and how wonderful it was to know this family.… Read more »
John was the first person to believe in me. As I speak of frequently, he was the only mentor I ever had in business. He was more than a boss and a leader, but a friend and father-figure. This news is devastating. John had such a profound impact in my life, I wouldn’t be where I am today if he hadn’t supported, backed, and encouraged me early on in my career. I’ve used pics of John in countless presentations I’ve given to thousands of people over the years. I share his words of wisdom, as when he did speak, it… Read more »
I am so deeply saddened to learn of John’s falling asleep in the Lord! Our prayers go out to Roula and the entire Photopulos family.
John was always a gentleman, kind and caring when we spoke. I will have fond memories of John, a tribute to a good man!
May Eternal be His Memory!
Photo had many good friends because he was a good friend himself. He got Peter Stoyias his VA benefits, and changed the dressing on Dave Kenya’s infected foot after Dave had a stroke. Boy scout campouts were a highlight of our youth, thanks to Jim Sarelas who started the scouts at St. Demetrios. We played football at Amundsen H.S. and John was voted most popular boy when we graduated. I admire John for his personality, common sense, and because he wasn’t a short Greek like the rest of us.
Dearest Roula, Nick and I send our deepest condolences to your entire family.
Our deepest heart felt condolences to Roula and the entire Photopulos family.
So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a very good friend to my brother, Mike. They grew up together at church, Boy Scouts, high school, and always stayed connected. Our parents and John’s were dear friends. I remember John as kind, gentle teddy bear! My deepest sympathy to Roula, his children, and his sisters. The Photopoulos family was a wonderful part of the St. Demetrios Church community in Chicago.
Rest in peace, dear John.
Thank you all for your kind and heartfelt words. John was a loving husband. He was the voice of reason especially to our chdren. Whenever they faced challenges in their lives ,whether large or small, he was always there to guide them . He was proud of them and loved them with all his heart. He was the logical parent and I was the emotional one so they knew who to go to when they needed sound advice . He knew how to party. Friends and family were so important to him and he made sure they were partying along… Read more »