March 27, 1928 – March 9, 2021
Sam George Koskinas was born in Stenoma, Evrytania Greece on March 27th, 1928. He was the third born of five children.
As a young adult, he moved to Athens, Greece to work for the IRS. He came to the US in 1958 and worked in Athens, Ohio. He returned to Karpenisi, Greece, and married Iro Antonopoulou in 1962, the love of his life for 59 years. In 1962 they settled in Charlotte NC to join his brother Gus and his wife. Sam and his brother owned and operated Big Chief Drive-In for over 15 years.
In 1979, Sam and the entire family moved to Greece to enjoy immediate family there and so his children could experience life in Greece. Upon returning to the US he owned and operated two delis/restaurants. He retired early in 1993 and had the opportunity, along with his wife Iro, to enjoy and help raise all four grandchildren which he truly cherished.
His pastimes included volunteering and supporting the festivals, activities, and senior citizen functions at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. He was a proud and active member of the Charlotte chapter of the Evrytanian Society.
Sam and Iro returned to Greece annually visiting family and friends which was a highlight for both. His kindness and generosity were evident at every family gathering. He always put others first regardless of their age.
Sam was a man who devoted himself to his family. His great joy in life was helping his family grow, develop, and prosper. He always lovingly referred to his grandchildren as “ being 100 times my children”. He had a strong ‘akourastos’ ( never tired) work ethic in every aspect of his life.
He is survived by his wife Iro, daughter Aphrodite Koskinas Zacharopoulos, son George Koskinas, daughter in law Vickie Koskinas, grandchildren Chrysa and Nicholas Zacharopoulos, Nicole and Sam Koskinas, brother Gus Koskinas, sister Eleni Georgopoulou (Athens, Greece), Aliki Triantafillopoulou (Athens, Greece) and many nieces and nephews.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends and all who loved him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral fund for chapel furniture.
He fell asleep on March 9th, 2021.
May his memory be eternal.