We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Phalen Funeral Home
Joseph John Savopolos (93), commonly referred to as “A GREAT GUY”, passed away in the comfort of his new home in Costa Mesa, California surrounded by his loving family.
Joseph is one of 9 children of immigrant parents, Sava & Amelia Savopolos.
He is survived by George Savopolos, Catherine (Katie) Mannion and Joan Coons.
Predeceased are Angelo Savopolos, Helen Sheridan, Margaret (Peg) Carbonneau, Nora Allen, and Mary Fallon.
The stories Joe told about growing up in a large family continue to be treasured memories for all who had the pleasure of hearing them.
The values he learned and shared about caring for each other and opening their home to friends and extended family are cherished memories. One of Joe’s favorite sayings was “ Everyone is always welcome”.
Joe taught us about gratitude with stories of growing up in the era of the Great Depression and WWII. As a wounded Naval officer his family provided an environment of hope and healing. Their strong faith in God carried them through some harsh times, and there were no complaints in the memories shared.
Joe married the love of his life, Carmela Tedesco, and after losing their first son, Thomas, they raised three children together with the same values they grew up with.
Gary & (Audrey) Savopolos their son Jason Savopolos (Carla Tapia) and daughter, Andrea Savopolos;
Joseph & (Kathy)Savopolos, their daughters Jessica ( Justin ) Winn, and Patrisha
( James) Orr;
Jean & (Greg) Dean, their sons, Jonathon Dean, and Steven (Kelly) Dean;
Five Great Grand Children; Colton, Harper, Emersyn, Rylee, & Norah.
Joe is also survived by his two brother’s in law Louis Sorochak, and Austin Tedesco, as well as many wonderful nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Joe & Carmela celebrated 70 years of marriage together. His devotion to his wife was exemplary. Joe’s family lovingly cared for him until he reunited with his precious wife at age 93.
Joe & Carmella were active Boy & Girl Scout leaders for many years. They were very active in St. Maron’s Church, orchestrating the Bingo program, and many other clubs and organizations. They loved and supported St. Maron’s Church throughout their lives.
Joe enjoyed sports, especially football and basketball. His New York Giants and Connecticut Huskies were his number one teams. We all know he’s still cheering for them! He also loved trips to Foxwoods and Las Vegas.
A dream came true a year ago when his family orchestrated his move to California. Joe was able to spend precious quality time with his family especially his, “little ones.” which reminds us of another one of his favorite sayings, “Family is everything”.
He always told us how important it was to remember to be kind and we are so grateful to God for giving us such a wonderful man, Father, Grandfather, Great grandfather, which brings us to one last favorite saying from Joe, “God Be With You”.
A memorial Mass will be held at St. Maron’s Church, 613 Main Street, Torrington, Ct. 06790, 6/18/22 at 9:30am., burial at Hillside Cemetery will follow. A “Celebration Of Life” will be held at: Bad Dog Brewing Company, 117 Water Street, in Torrington following the burial, all our welcome.