Christos V. Aloupis passed away on January 17, 2024, at the age of 90, with his daughters by his side.
He was the second of four children born to the late Vasilios and Maria (Roumeliotis) Aloupis, on January 26, 1933, in Georgitsi, Greece. As a young man, he moved to the port city of Piraeus, where he honed his cooking and food service skills, and generally had a blast. After his military service, he worked on cruise ships, taking him to various ports of call all over the world. He immigrated to the United States in the 1960s and began working at Grade A Market as a butcher. Soon after, he met the love of his life, Helen Bakes, and they were married in 1969. They became parents to two girls, and enjoyed 50 precious years together until Helen’s passing in 2020.
For a time, Christos and his brothers had a store on East Main Street called Olympic Gift Shop, and later, he briefly ran his own grocery store, Fairlawn Food Center, with a partner. He eventually returned to Grade A until his retirement. He always took great pride in his work.
Christos loved cooking for his family and friends, especially on Christmas and Easter, barbecuing out on the deck, cheering on the Olympiakos soccer team, and relaxing with family in his beloved Georgitsi. One of his greatest joys was gardening – he could (and did) turn any patch of soil into a lush and colorful oasis, and he loved showing off and giving away the vegetables he so lovingly cultivated. For years he was a member of the Greek American Athletic Association (“the club”), where he served as manager and cook, and he could always be found in any of several doughnut establishments around town, enjoying coffee and conversation with friends. He had a kind and generous heart, a goofy sense of humor, and always strove to make people happy. He will be deeply, deeply missed.
He is survived by his daughters, Maria Aloupis and Debbie Aloupis, and son-in-law Carter Sherwood, of Stamford; brother Zacharias Aloupis (Magdalini) of Stamford, and sister Panagiota Bratsini of Greece; brothers-in-law George (Joan) Bakes of Bridgeport, Mike Bakis of Atlanta, GA, and sister-in-law Jayne Bakis of Little River, SC. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Helen Aloupis; brother Costas Aloupis; brothers-in-law Panagiotis Bratsinis, John Bakes, Tom Bakis, and Ted Bakis; and sisters-in-law Helen Aloupis and Rebecca Bakes. He leaves behind a huge family of nieces, nephews and cousins in the US, Greece, Canada and Germany.
A viewing will take place on Monday, January 22, from 4 pm to 7 pm at The Church of the Archangels, 1527 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06905. A funeral service will be held at the church on Tuesday, January 23, at 11 am. Interment will follow at Fairfield Memorial Park in Stamford.
The family requests that memorial donations be made in Christos’ name to The Archangels Ladies Philoptochos.