Fr. Dennis Canavos
Died: March, 27 2007
Father Dennis Canavos died peacefully on March 27, 2009 after a courageous battle with circulatory problems. Father Dennis was born in the village of Kalesmenon in the Prefecture of Evrytania, Greece, in 1928. He first came to the United States as an infant in 1929, returned to Greece with his parents, the late Chris and Alexandra Canavos in 1933, and came back to the United States in 1946, after having endured considerable pain and suffering during the awful days of World War II. He completed his primary and secondary education in the prefecture capital of Karpenissi. He attended the Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, MA hoping to fulfill his life-long dream of becoming a priest. Although his dream was sidetracked for some time, nevertheless he fulfilled his dream in 1978, when he was ordained by Bishop John of Atlanta to the priesthood. Upon his ordination, Father Dennis was assigned as the spiritual leader of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in High Point, where he served in that capacity for more than 30 years until his death. During this time, Father Dennis also assisted Father Demetri Kangelaris and his predecessor, Father George Kiricoples, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Winston-Salem. Father Dennis was known as a tireless person, always visiting the sick in the area hospitals and nursing homes, offering them a ray of hope with his prayers. In October, 2008 the High Point Community of St. George bestowed on Father Dennis the distinct honor of naming their community center the Father Dennis Canavos Fellowship Hall. Prior to his ordination, Father Dennis was the owner of the popular eating establishment, Little Pep Restaurant, in downtown Winston-Salem. His infectious personality and great food always kept bringing back to Little Pep his many customers. Father Dennis was a Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army in the early 50' s in Germany. He was also a member of the Evrytanian Association. Prior to his ordination, he served the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Winston-Salem in many capacities, including president of the Parish Council on six different years and a member of the Building Committee. To cherish his memory, he leaves his wife, Marika of more than 50 years; his daughter, Alexandra and her husband, Jimmy Kontos of Clemmons; his son, George and his wife, Sheryl Canavos of Greensboro; his grandchildren, Dimitri and Dennis Kontos.