In Loving Memory of
William Thomas Popomaronis
September 28, 1952 - May 16, 2023
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of William Thomas Popomaronis (Bill) - a cherished husband, devoted father, proud grandfather, beloved pharmacist, and a man of unwavering faith. Bill’s journey on this earth came to a peaceful end, on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, surrounded by his family after battling prostate cancer for almost 15 years. He is leaving behind a legacy of love and kindness that will forever be engraved in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, on September 28, 1952, to Thomas and Helen Popomaronis, Bill was raised in Highlandtown (“Greek Town”) with values instilled in him from a young age - faith and family first. He had Ponca Street as his playground and would spend countless hours playing with his younger brother, Steven, and kids from the neighborhood throughout his youth. Sundays were spent with cousins and family. He graduated from Patterson High School and went on to complete four years at the University of Maryland where he became an avid Terps fan. After graduating from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in the early 1980s, he became a pharmacist. In 1982, he had the opportunity to purchase Edwards and Anthony Pharmacy in Parkville, MD. Bill was well-known for helping members of his community with compassion and dedication by driving prescription orders to nearby customers and shut-ins - always going the extra mile to ensure the well-being of others.
His commitment to his profession and constant drive for excellence led him through multiple accomplishments including the co-founding of independent pharmacy chains (EPIC Pharmacies and Anchor Pharmacies), lobbying for pharmacists on Capitol Hill with National Community Pharmacists Association, and traveling the country leading pharmacy ownership workshops for up and coming pharmacists. He inspired countless people and made dozens of friends, always referencing Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”
Bill was a loving husband to his wife, Cynthia, with whom he shared a deep and enduring bond in their over 47 years of marriage - always calling her his gold. Together, they weathered life's storms including various health challenges, reciprocating care for each other's parents, and celebrated its joys - their best accomplishments being their three children. Their partnership was a shining example of love, support, and commitment.
Bill is predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Helen, and his brother Steven. He is survived by his children, Eleni Bowden (Craig), Anna Montauredes (Arthur), and Thomas Popomaronis (Brittany), the lights of his life, and he was immensely proud of their achievements. He adored his grandchildren, William and Noelle, Peter and Harrison, and Isla, relishing in the moments spent with them. He is also survived by his sister-in-laws Georgette Calomeris (Louis-deceased), Maria Angelos (Charles), nieces and nephews - Maria Elena and Petros, Dean and Alexandra, and eight Godchildren. Bill’s love for his family knew no bounds, and he treasured all the time they shared together.
A man of faith, Bill was an active member of multiple church communities (the Annunciation Cathedral in Baltimore for many years and more recently finding a strong connection to his daughter’s church in Florida - Saint John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church), finding solace, guidance, and strength in his relationship with Christ. His belief and commitment to his spiritual journey were a source of inspiration to all who knew him. More recent conversations with him would be filled with scripture and encouragement to do God’s work.
In his leisure time, Bill found joy in riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He was also a devoted fan of the Baltimore Ravens football team and Baltimore Orioles baseball team. Additionally, Bill pursued his interests in jujitsu and later in life found a new passion in playing the guitar.
A viewing will be held at Peaceful Alternatives Funeral Home (2325 York Rd, Timonium, MD 21093) on Friday, May 19th from 6PM to 9PM with the Trisagion service at 8PM. A funeral service will be held at The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation (24 W. Preston St, Baltimore, MD 21201) at 10AM on Saturday, May 20th. Internment will be at the Greek Orthodox Cemetery in Woodlawn (Windsor Mill Road) immediately following the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church (12760 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246) or Gilchrist Hospice (11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350 Hunt Valley, MD 21031) in Bill’s memory.
As he was truly loved by many, Bill will be deeply missed. May his memory be eternal.