Published April 2, 2021

STONEHAM— Louis “Janis” Yianacopolus of Stoneham, passed away at the age 83 on Thursday, March 18, 2021.

Louis was the beloved husband of the late Mary Ann Rafferty Yianacopolus of 61 years. He was the devoted father of Glenn Yianacopolus and his wife Valerie; Neil Yianacopolus and his wife Denise; Paul Yianacopolus and his wife Kimberly; and Kevin Yianacopolus and his wife Doreen. He was the loving “Papu” to Bo and Clay; Kayla and Keli; Samantha; Matthew; Jessica; Alexa and Michael; and Tyler, Julia, Caroline, and Meghan. He was also the loving son of the late Ernest and Anna Yianacopolus; brother to Joan Varoutsos and the late John Yianacopolus.

Louis Yianacopolus graduated from Woburn High School where he excelled as a baseball pitcher and was drafted by the Boston Braves. In his early days, Louie worked at Winn factory company in Woburn. He then joined the Army National Guard from 1954 to 1962 where he was an expert sharpshooter and marksman. Louis went on to become a Stoneham Police officer for 37 years. He was known to patrol Stoneham square by foot; always greeting the community. Louis enjoyed cooking and loved to cook for his family and friends. On his off days, you could find Louie fishing at some of his favorite places like Salem Willows, Horn Pond, Sebago Lake, and many fishing charters.

A funeral mass to celebrate Louis’ eternal life will be held on Monday, March 29, 2021 in St. Patrick’s Church, 71 Central St., Stoneham at 10 a.m. Interment at St. Patrick Cemetery, Stoneham.