With deep sorrow and profound grief, we announce that Dean E. Pagonis, age 54 of Canton, beloved son, brother, uncle, family member and friend passed away suddenly on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. He was born on Mar. 23, 1966 in Canton. Dean will be missed every day by his Mother Georgene Pagonis, Sister Cindy Fastrich, Brother George Pagonis, Sister-in-law Jo Anne Pagonis, Nephew Joey Fastrich, Godfather George Vagotis, Aunt Judy Pagonis, numerous relatives and many, many great friends.
Dean is now with his Father Ernest Pagonis, Godmother Esther Vagotis, Aunt Esther Georges, Uncle James Pagonis, Uncle Theodore Chuchanis, Grandparents, and friends who preceded him in death.
Dean was a very spiritual person and found peace and fulfillment as a cherished member of St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church. He was always happy to answer the call of duty assisting at church functions when needed. Dean touched so many lives by his desire to help people. He was passionate about volunteering especially with The Special Olympics, The Arnold Classic and The Salvation Army. Working at his church festivals and fish fries, helping his numerous friends, acquaintances and even strangers with anything they needed showed he was truly selfless. His concern for, and devotion to the welfare of others made Dean an extraordinary individual. He had so much goodness and so much capacity to bring happiness to others. Dean’s love and compassion extended beyond humans to animals as well, especially ferrets. He had several of his own over the years which brought him great joy.
Dean earned an Associate's Degree in science and Bachelor’s Degree in general studies at Kent Stark University. He started his own concrete grinding business several years ago, Safewalks and Associates. Dean was an avid weightlifter and truly enjoyed his time working out at Iron Chamber, Fitness Masters, and the YMCA where he made many great friends. Dean set power lifting records and earned several trophies throughout his years of competing. Another passion of his was a love of cars, whether he was buying, selling, or attending car shows.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rossi Family Funeral Home. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. A private funeral will be held on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church.
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