December 23, 1920 ~ November 27, 2008
Zogopoulos, Arthur (Athanasios) (1920 to 2008)
South Bay restaurateur Arthur Zogopoulos passed away on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2008. He was 87 years old.
Arthur was a resident of the South Bay for over 50 years. He was the owner or co-owner of several restaurants in the area, including Yellow Baskets, Douglas Burgers, Zogo's Burgers and Carson Burgers. He opened his first restaurant in 1960 and was engaged in the restaurant business until he passed.
Originally born in Manchester, New Hampshire on December 23, 1920, Arthur was the second youngest of 15 children born to Stavroula and Dimitrios Zogopoulos. Arthur's parents were first generation Greek citizens and they returned to Greece with Arthur when he was five years old. Thereafter, he grew up in Messinias, Greece and served in the Greek Army, fighting against the German invasion during World War II.
After World War II, he returned to the United States and eventually settled in the South Bay in 1959. During a visit to Greece in 1965, he met and married Eleni Petropoulos. They have two daughters, Stella and Marie.
Throughout his life, Arthur was very involved with the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach. Arthur also loved to travel, particularly in Europe, and especially in Greece, where his family spent most of their summers. An avid backgammon player with an unsinkable smirk, he routinely unnerved players with his wit, confidence and quiet contemplation. These traits have been passed to his daughters, except for the quiet part.
Arthur leaves wonderful memories for his wife Eleni, daughters Stella and Marie, son-in-law Paul, and four loving grandchildren Elina, Harrison, Aidan and Elise, all of whom reside locally. He also leaves his sister Molly Marinos of San Jose, CA, and many nieces and nephews also in Northern California. He was a treasure of a man who will never be forgotten.
Trisagion Service will be on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 from 7:00 p.m. at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church at 722 Knob Hill Ave., Redondo Beach, California. Funeral Services will be on Thursday, December 4, 2008, at 11:00 a.m., also at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, with interment following at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Loma Linda University Pediatric Vitreo-Retina Fund.
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