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John Dennis Chinonis
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CHINONIS, John Dennis - Age 82, of Fenton, died Friday, August 31, 2018. Funeral service will be held 11AM Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 2245 East Baldwin Road, Grand Blanc. Visitation will be held 4PM -8PM Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Road, Fenton with a Trisagion service at 7PM. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton. Those desiring may make contributions to Assumption Greek Orthodox Building Fund, 2245 E. Baldwin Rd. Grand Blanc, MI 48439

John was born in Skortsinou, Greece on November 8, 1935, the son of the late Dionysius and Panayiota (Yeotis) Chinonis. John immigrated to the United States in September, 1950 at the age of 14, where he traveled alone to live with his brother, Elias and sister-in-law, Katie from 1950 through 1970 in Flint, Michigan. He graduated from Flint Central High School, Flint Junior College (Mott CC), began Wayne State University Pharmacy School and graduated from the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy, where he also met the love of his life, Linda (Hall). John and Linda married on October 10, 1971.

Having a successful business career as the owner of Franklin Pharmacy, Belsay Square Pharmacy and co-founder of YaYa’s Flame Broiled Chicken, all in Flint, Michigan, John devoted countless hours to giving back. Through his parish, the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, he co-created the Assumption Greek Festival in 1975 which provided funding for the church for over 40 years, founded the Assumption Golf Tournament, established the Greater Flint Orthodox Endowment Fund, served on Parish Council and led the church’s efforts to the development and completion of the new, current site of the Assumption Church in Grand Blanc, MI.

As an active member of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), he served as National Chairman and National Advisor to the Sons of Pericles. He received the AHEPAN of the Year Award and National Leadership Awards.

Through his alma mater, Mott Community College, John received an honorary Degree in Community Leadership and sat on the Endowment Fund Committee. Through Ferris State University, John led numerous fundraising efforts, including the creation of the Ferris State University Alumni Golf Tournament. He also created the Pharmacist Assistance Personnel program, the first-ever licensed Michigan Pharmacist Association position of its kind. John received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Ferris State University.

John’s other passions included hunting, snowmobiling and spending time with his wife and family at Durkee Lakes Hunt Club. He loved the game of golf and was a longtime member of Warwick Hills Country Club. Sitting in his deer blind at Durkee, sitting by the pool in St. Thomas, USVI, or riding his pontoon boat on Lake Fenton, grandchildren in sight, John would often say there’s no place he’d rather be.

John is survived by his wife, Linda, children Dennis (Patricia) and Tom (Elizabeth), grandchildren Kate, CoCo, John, James and Kasey, brother Pano, sister Vaso (Hasoulas, late husband, Stephano), brothers-in-law Patrick (Joann) Hall and Michael (Linda) Hall and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Elias (Katie) and Constantine “Gus” (Sandra).


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Previous Events

Visitation

Wednesday

5

Sep

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sharp Funeral Homes - Fenton Chapel

1000 Silver Lake Road
Fenton, MI 48430

Trisagion Service

Wednesday

5

Sep

7:00 PM
Sharp Funeral Homes - Fenton Chapel

1000 Silver Lake Road
Fenton, MI 48430

Funeral Service

Thursday

6

Sep

11:00 AM
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

2245 E Baldwin Road
Grand Blanc, MI 48439

Cemetery Details

Location

Oakwood Cemetery

Davis St.
Fenton, MI 48430


Memorial Contribution

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund

2245 E. Baldwin Road
Grand Blanc, MI 48439
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