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Jimmy Panagopoulos

September 20, 1946May 2, 2021
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Jimmy Panagopoulos, 74, of Grosse Pointe Woods, passed away Sunday May 2nd, 2021, in St. John’s Hospital, Detroit. He was born September 20th, 1946 in Messini, Greece. Jimmy was a long time restauranteur and owner of the Parthenon restaurants. Immigrating from Greece in his early 20’s, he began his career bussing tables at various Greek restaurants in Greektown, Detroit. It was here that he would open his Parthenon restaurants and eventually meet his future wife Sandy. With a carrier spanning over 40 years and nearly a dozen restaurants, Jimmy sold the last of his establishments in 2020 and was looking forward to finally enjoying retirement by traveling and spending time with family. Known by most as “Jimmy the Greek”, he enjoyed gardening and Red Wings hockey, but his biggest passion was hosting family, friends and dedicated customers at his New Parthenon restaurant in Greektown.

He was predeceased by his wife Sandra in 2007 and his brother George in 2014. He is survived by his three children, Peter (Erica), Genna (Waqas Abbasi) and Yianni (Lindsey), 6 grandchildren, Sofia, Anna, Eva, Eliana, Zaedon and Exias, as well as his brother Polyvios (Despina) and sister Katia.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 7th, 2021, at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 21800 Marter Road, St. Clair Shores, from 9 a.m.-10 a.m., with the Rev. Michael Varlamos officiating. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. immediately following visitation. Burial Service will be in Cadillac Memorial Gardens East, Clinton Township. +-

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    Friday, May 7, 2021

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Donna Pratt-Owens

May 6, 2021

So very sad to hear of Jimmy’s passing. My dad was Greek and our family and friends spent many great evenings downtown at both the Old and New Parthenon restaurants. New Year’s Eve was the best down there! We’ll always remember how kind Jimmy was to us and we send our deepest sympathy to Jimmy’s family. Godspeed, Jimmy. You will be very missed.

Athanasia Makris

May 6, 2021

This is a tribute to JIMMY PANAGOPOULOS who unfortunately passed away yesterday the Greek Easter . The owner of the NEW PARTHENON RESTAURANT IN GREEKTOWN DETROIT MI. Jimmy and his brother Paul ( Polivios in Greek) started the famous restaurant promoting the Greek cuisine in the early 70"s. The most talked about and awarded restaurant in Detroit. Rapidly people that would visit Detroit especially during the Auto Show at Cobo Hall knew about Jimmy and his brother and would wait in line for hours to enjoy Greek music and cheese being flamed and the famous "OPA" SHOUTED OUT BY THE WAITERS. JIMMY WAS ALWAYS AT THE DOOR GREETING PEOPLE WITH HIS WARM SMILE WELCOMING CUSTOMERS. He was the most graphic figure in the Detroit metropolitan area. Everyone that was anyone would come .. Politicians, actors journalist police officers. You name it they were there feeling at home with the smells of the Greek food surrounding the restaurant. Jimmy was my "soul" brother, my mentor my friend. R.I.P. MY FRIEND.

Maria- Louise Kasimi

May 5, 2021

Uncle Jimmy was the best uncle I could ask for.
I loved his positive thinking and he always had the best advice to give.
I will never forget the summers we spent swimming at Kalamaki or in his pool. I remember him teaching me how to eat figs from our orchard and the mornings sitting on his balcony enjoying his coffee and the beautiful view.
These are only a few of the memories I have with him that I will never forget.
He will always have a place in my heart.
Maria- Louise Kasimi

Eugenia Panagopoulos

May 5, 2021

Uncle Jimmy had an open home where we felt welcome and spent many vacations.
Uncle Jimmy enjoyed celebrating Easter in his hometown Messini. He was looking forward to his next visit. But this Easter Sunday he was called to spend eternity with the Lord Jesus.
Until we meet again uncle Jimmy, your bright smile will accompany us.
With love,
Geni, Nikos & Maria Louise.

Paul Rollins

May 4, 2021

Jimmy lived the American Dream coming to this country learning our language working hard saving his money risking it all to build not only a business but a piece of Detroit History that would stand for more then 45 years Jimmy wasn’t just The owner of The Parthenon Restaurant in Greektown he was Greektown all my condolences to his family who I watch grow up during my employment with Jimmy Panagopoulos may he rest in peace
Love Paul 💔

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Biography

Jimmy Panagopoulos, 74, of Grosse Pointe Woods, passed away Sunday May 2nd, 2021, in St. John’s Hospital, Detroit. He was born September 20th, 1946 in Messini, Greece. Jimmy was a long time restauranteur and owner of the Parthenon restaurants. Immigrating from Greece in his early 20’s, he began his career bussing tables at various Greek restaurants in Greektown, Detroit. It was here that he would open his Parthenon restaurants and eventually meet his future wife Sandy. With a carrier spanning over 40 years and nearly a dozen restaurants, Jimmy sold the last of his establishments in 2020 and was looking forward to finally enjoying retirement by traveling and spending time with family. Known by most as “Jimmy the Greek”, he enjoyed gardening and Red Wings hockey, but his biggest passion was hosting family, friends and dedicated customers at his New Parthenon restaurant in Greektown.

He was predeceased by his wife Sandra in 2007 and his brother George in 2014. He is survived by his three children, Peter (Erica), Genna (Waqas Abbasi) and Yianni (Lindsey), 6 grandchildren, Sofia, Anna, Eva, Eliana, Zaedon and Exias, as well as his brother Polyvios (Despina) and sister Katia.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 7th, 2021, at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 21800 Marter Road, St. Clair Shores, from 9 a.m.-10 a.m., with the Rev. Michael Varlamos officiating. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. immediately following visitation. Burial Service will be in Cadillac Memorial Gardens East, Clinton Township.