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‘Heart of gold’ Greek immigrant who owned iconic Deluxe restaurant has passed away

Fotios (Frank) Zikopoulos purchased the Lorne St. Deluxe back in 1971

One of the members of the Deluxe restaurant dynasty in Sudbury has passed away.

Fotios (Frank) Zikopoulos passed away March 11 at the age of 87.

In 1964, Zikopoulos began his career at the Deluxe on Lorne Street and in 1971 purchased the restaurant, where he remained for the next 56 years.

Over those years, together with his family he built an upstanding and respectful business, said his obituary. He always said he was blessed to work with his wife, son, and grandsons. Zikopoulos was also always grateful for the wonderful staff at Deluxe. 

His obituary said this is the place where family and friends not only came to eat but to have a coffee and hang out with Uncle Frank. 

“Uncle Frank never forgot where he came from, and he stayed connected to everyone,” the obituary stated. “He was loving, caring, and had a heart of gold, a man not afraid to show his emotions.”

Zikopoulos was born June 17, 1934 in Agia Sotira, Kozani, Greece.

He immigrated to Copper Cliff to marry Thomae (née Zanidiou) in 1964, where they lived and raised their family. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, his son Jimmy (wife Dina), and grandsons Andrew and Franklin.

His obituary said Zikopoulos was a very calm person, and his favourite saying was, “Everything is OK.” He will be sadly missed by his family and will be remembered as a good friend.

A funeral for Zikopoulos took place at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church earlier this month.