Drakopoulos, The Very Rev. Archimandrite Leonidas
Date of birth: July 20, 1942 - Date of death: Sept. 9, 2009
The Very Reverend Archimandrite Leonidas H. (Christos) Drakopoulos fell
asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, at the Louis A. Johnson
VA Medical Center following a heroic battle with cancer. Father Leonidas was
born Christos H. Drakopoulos on July 20, 1942 in Brunswick, ME, a son of the
late Harry Drakopoulos & Effie Loucopoulos Drakopoulos.
He lived his early years in Haverhill, MA and following graduation from Haverhill
High School, he attended Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, MA and the
Theological University of Athens, Greece. He interrupted his studies during the
Viet Nam War to join the U. S. Navy, serving in Panama City, FL and Keflavick,
Iceland. He was stationed aboard the USS Wasp CVS 18 in the Mediterranean Sea
and received the National Defense Service Medal. Upon his release from active
duty from the service, Father Leonidas resumed his studies in Athens, Greece,
where he received his Theological degree.
On February 14, 1988, Father Leonidas was ordained into the priesthood at
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in El Paso, TX, where he served for seven
years. He also served parishes in Montana & Pennsylvania, before his
assignment on August 1, 1999 to St. Spyridon in Clarksburg, where he became
the longest serving priest of the parish. In December 1999, Father Leonidas was
elevated to Archimandrite by his Eminence Metropolitan Maximos.
Father Leonidas is survived by his sister, Patricia Davanelos, of Goose Creek, SC,
his brother & sister-in-law, Peter & Susan Drakopoulos of Haverhill, MA, two
nieces, Georgianna Davanelos, of El Paso, TX and Jennifer Arredondo & husband,
Mark, of Goose Creek, SC, and great nephews, Jared & Alexander Arredondo.
Father Leonidas was instrumental in establishing St. James Greek Orthodox
Mission Church in Belpre, OH, which he served on Saturdays.
Father Leonidas will lie-in-state at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
beginning at 1:00 P. M. on Monday, September 14, 2009 where friends may call
until 10:00 P. M. Trisagion Service will be at 1:00 P. M. Monday.
Vespers Services at 6:00 P. M. & Funeral Service for Priests at 7:00 P. M. on
Monday. On Tuesday, September 15, 2009, Orthros will be held at 8:30 A. M. & Divine Liturgy at 9:30 A. M.. The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A. M. with the Celebrant, His Eminence Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh, assisted by the Rev. Fr. Eugen Rosu and Orthodox clergy of the Pittsburgh Metropolis.
Interment will follow in Bridgeport Cemetery with Full Military Honors by the Harrison Co. Honor Guard. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests
donations be made to St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox
Church, P. O. Box 4176, Clarksburg, WV 26302.
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Giannis
Our deepest condolences and prayers to the Drakopoulos family and to the extended family of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church of Clarksburg. Father Leo was a true servant of the Lord who will be greatly missed by his family and friends. May God bless you and give you peace and comfort as Father Leo now rests with the Risen Lord.
Are deepest thoughts, condolences, and love our sent to everyone there. Fr. Leo was a very special person and he will be missed by everyone. We are not able to be there, but know that you are all in our thoughts & prayers. Zoi Se Mas
John & Katina Doulis
Jim and I have lost a very close friend. We will never forget him. We know he is surrounded by angels.