HITOPOULOS, Harry Harry G. Hitopoulos, of Mount Pleasant, SC passed away May 14, 2007 in a local hospital. The funeral service will be Friday, May 18, 2007 in The Greek Orthodox Church Of The Holy Trinity, 30 Race Street, Charleston, at twelve-thirty. Burial will follow in Live Oak Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at The Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity Thursday, May 17, 2007 from 5:00 until 7:00 o’clock. The Trisagion Service will be at 7:00 o’clock. ARRANGEMENTS BY J. HENRY STUHR, INC., Downtown Chapel. Mr. Hitopoulos was born May 26, 1926, son of the late George C. Hitopoulos and Helen Nitsos Hitopoulos. He graduated from craft school and Charleston High School and received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from The Citadel in 1952. He was a member of the Greek Orthodox Churches in Charleston, Florence, and Hilton Head. He served on the board of directors for the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Charleston for eight years and was president in 1968, 1978 and 1979. He was elected to and served on the Mount Pleasant City Council for twelve years, was a member of the Charleston Jaycees for eight years; member of the Mount Pleasant Jaycees for seven years and served as President his last year; was a life member of the Mount Pleasant Jaycees; in 1954, he was selected by Henry Tecklenburg as the most outstanding Jaycee in the Charleston area; and was designated from 1956-1957 as one of the national vice-chairmen for records and recognition committee. He was given the key to the city of Mount Pleasant in 1987 for the restoration of the old Patjen’s Post Office on Pitt Street. The Alhambra Garden Club designated two Charleston benches in his name for the restoration. He was also a member of the Citadel boxing team for the years 1948, 1949 and 1950 and lettered all three years. Upon leaving the Citadel, he coached 8 to 12 year olds in the art of boxing; as well as the Citadel boxing team from 1982 until 2006. He was listed as an amateur and professional judge, referee and coach. He traveled throughout South Carolina and other states refereeing professional fights including a number of championship matches with the NABF, WBC, IBF. As an amateur referee, he refereed on local, state and national levels and was elected into the Carolina Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001, elected to serve as vice-chairman of the board in 2002 and was elected to serve as the board chairman in May of 2003. He was an avid cyclist and a member of Troop 8 and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with one palm; was a charter member of the Order of The Arrow UNALI YL, WWW 236 which was chartered in 1943; was a scout master for the troop sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity and served on the camp staff. He was a member of the Sea Scout and was one grade from reaching Quartermaster before going into the U.S. Navy. He was an avid Shagger who started dancing in the 1940’s. He served in all capacities of the Charleston Shag Club and was selected to shag in the 1996 Olympics, This Magic Moment, Festival of Arts in Raleigh, NC and various beach music gatherings. He was inducted into the Shaggers Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Living Legend in 1997. He was owner/operator of H. G. Hitopoulos Contracting, Inc., of Mount Pleasant, SC. He restored many homes in the Charleston downtown area and was honored by the Historical Foundation for the restoration of 27 Vendue Range Street. Most of his work was in the Mount Pleasant area such as The Commons, North Pointe sub-division and Patjen’s Post Office. Several of his restored homes were featured as part of many garden tours. He also started a business in furniture building which you will see in many homes in this area. He did a lot of work for his churches and built all of the furniture for his church in Hilton Head. He had a love for art and did ink sketches of various objects such as boats, homes and churches. Surviving are his two sons, Harry G. Hitopoulos, Jr., of Atlanta and Paul C. Hitopoulos and his wife, Chris, of Charleston; two sisters, Eftyhia G. Hitopoulos, and Frances Carroll; two grandchildren, Maria and Paulo Hitopoulos. He is also survived by his devoted friend, Mrs. Ann Moore and her three grandchildren, Michael, Madison and Matthew Moore. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Greek Orthodox Church of The Holy Trinity, 30 Race Street, Charleston, SC 29403 or the MUSC Foundation, Children’s Hospital, 18 Bee Street, P.O. Box 250450, Charleston, SC 29425.
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