Gus Zaharopoulos

February 13, 2024
Gus  Zaharopoulos

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Gus Zaharopoulos, 86, a resident of Williamsburg for 62 years, passed away surrounded by his family on February 13, 2024.

Gus Zaharopoulos was born in Karpenisi, Evrytania, Greece in 1937. He came to Greensboro, NC with his mother, Spiridoula, in 1950 to join his father Deonesios after WWII. There he attended high school and college. After attending a year of college, he worked at his father’s business, The Palace Café, taking over the business and establishing himself as a restaurateur once his parents moved back to Greece until 1962 and then setting his sight and relocated to Williamsburg, VA. His first restaurant was The Plantation Restaurant, later owning and operating various successful local restaurants. His passion and enthusiasm for the business was apparent to all, but mostly his customers. He enjoyed seeing familiar faces, sharing a cup of coffee, and a few good jokes with his patrons. He took great pride in his business and the service he provided and inspired his family to do the same.

Gus returned to Greece in 1964 where he met his wife of 60 years, Catherine (Katina) G. Copanos, of Tripotamo, Evrytania, Greece. They were married on Valentine’s Day in Agrinio, Greece. Gus and Catherine worked side by side, establishing a good foundation for their three children, Patty, Denny, and Vickie.

Gus was a member of the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church and Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, and because of his passion for history and religion, it led him to be a major supporter of monasteries and churches in Greece. A longtime member of the Order of Ahepa, Chapter 11 of Hampton Roads, as well as a Master Mason and a member of the Chickahominy Lodge 286 in Toano, VA, and a long time member of the Evrytanian Association of America. He was one of the founders of the Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association.
Gus is preceded in death by his parents Deonesios and Spiridoula. He is survived by, his wife of 60 years, Catherine Zaharopoulos; children, Patty (Taxiarhe) Bessas of Karpenisi, Greece, Denny Zaharopoulos of Williamsburg, VA, and Vickie (George) Koskinas of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Maria (Kosmas) Garderis, Christos (Eleni) Bessas, Nicole Koskinas, Sam Koskinas; and great grandchildren, Taxiarhe Bessas and Konstantina Garderis.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 18, 2024, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM with Trisagion to start at 6:00 PM at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 4900 Mooretown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188. The funeral service will be held on Monday, February 19, 2024, at 11:00 AM at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church with burial to immediately follow at Williamsburg Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gus’ name to Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.


Sunday, February 18, 2024
6:00 PM

Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, - Directions
4900 Moore Town Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Funeral Service

Monday, February 19, 2024
11:00 AM

Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, - Directions
4900 Moore Town Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Visiting Hours

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
  • Sunday, February 18, 2024
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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  • February 18, 2024
    Ann Brown-Hailey says:
    Dear Denny and family, My sincere condolences on the passing of Gus. He was so welcoming to me when I started with the Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association and I will always remember his kindness. Thinking of you .

  • February 17, 2024
    Debi says:
    I only knew Mr. & Mrs. Zaharopolous thry their son Denny, who is a very dear friend. He only spoke about his Father with the highest respect and admiration. I am thankful to Gus Zaharopolous for being one of the founders of the Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association in 1999. Thank you for having the vision to know that the association would grow and thrive because of your dreams. My love and comfort to all the family.

  • February 15, 2024
    Stephen D Harris-Williamsburg says:
    Gus Zaharopolous was my friend of decades. I am the better for it. I met Gus shortly after law school in the late 1960's. Williamsburg was then a simpler place. Gus and others welcomed me into the inner workings of Williamsburg and we had so many good times together. One of my treasured possessions is a statute of Lady Justice which Gus brought back to me from one of his trips to Greece. Gus was a good man. He valued friendship. He was a man of his word. I am very sorry for his passing. My thoughts and prayers go to Catherine and family. God bless you Gus.