Andreas Evan Dinopoulos was born in Gainesville, Florida on February 3, 1994 to Dr. Cynthia Preston and Elias Dinopoulos, Ph.D. His life ended much too soon as the result of a tragic motorcycle accident on March 24, 2016. Andreas attended Millhopper Montessori School, Oak Hall School, the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. Most recently he was the Director of Marketing at Rabell Realty Group while continuing his education in Information Technology at Santa Fe College.
Andreas lived life fully. His energy, curiosity, intelligence and decisiveness made every day one of adventure, possibility and joy. In 2014 he pursued new challenges and opportunities by moving to New York City where he worked in finance and investment jobs on Wall Street.
Andreas was a gifted musician who enjoyed all genres from classical to heavy metal. He was four years old when he took his first Suzuki piano lesson. He became an award winning musician performing in yearly recitals under the guidance of his teacher, Mrs. Nancy Hochstetler and achieving the rating of Superior for five consecutive years in the National Federation music festival. As a young adult he taught himself classical guitar.
He began gymnastics at age 2 and later competed on the boys’ gymnastics team at Sun Country Gymnastics. He was also an avid soccer and basketball player and loved to lift weights regularly at Gainesville Health and Fitness.
With his contagious smile, expressiveness, athletic presence, intense gaze and kind, affectionate heart, Andreas left footprints on many lives. He was a very giving, loving young man, always eager to lend a hand and help others. An animal lover, he was a great pal to Stormy, his faithful collie. His spirituality was evidenced by the rosary he was wearing around his neck and the bible tucked into his backpack.
Andreas is survived by his mother, Dr. Cynthia Preston; his father, Elias Dinopoulos; his maternal grandmother, Marilyn Przybocki of Gordonsville, Virginia; his uncle, Ted Przybocki, Jr. (Jill) of Michigan; his aunt, Mary Cox (David) of Virginia; his uncle, Peter Przybocki of Michigan and his uncle,Tom Przybocki of Virginia and numerous cousins both in the United States and in Greece. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Caitlin Pieretti of Pearl River, New York. He was also preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Ted M. Przybocki of Gordonsville, Virginia; and his paternal grandfather, Triannos Dinopoulos and paternal grandmother, Petroula Dinopoulos, both of Florina, Greece.
One of his favorite musicians was Eric Clapton, whose well-known lyrics Andreas is now confirming: ‘Beyond the door, there’s peace I’m sure, and I know there’ll be no more tears in heaven. ‘
Στην Μνήμη του Ανδρέα Δινόπουλου, οι: Σαράντης Καλυβίτης, Μαργαρίτα Κατσίμη, Θωμάς Μούτος, Πάνος Χατζηπαναγιώτου προσέφεραν διακόσια ευρώ στον SOS Τροχαία Εγκλήματα για να βοηθήσουν τις δράσεις του.