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Byron Burpulis

It is with profound sadness that the family of Byron Burpulis announce his passing on Saturday, November 12, at the age of 56 after a brief illness and courageous fight. A loving husband, son, brother, and friend to all, he made the lives he touched much richer with his endless curiosity and interests.

Born to Mary (Charatis) and John Burpulis, Byron was born in Athens, Greece and moved to Wilmington, Delaware in 1968. He quickly learned to speak English attending Alfred I. DuPont Elementary School and Springer Junior High School. Byron continued his Greek faith as an altar boy at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and was involved in GOYA (Greek Orthodox Youth Association) where he formed many lifelong friendships.

Growing up in Brandywine Hundred, he always surrounded himself with neighborhood friends playing sports, especially basketball. Byron stood out as a community leader at a young age starting in Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts, and ultimately achieving the honor of Eagle Scout.

Byron graduated from Salesianum High School in 1984 where he enjoyed playing soccer and the camaraderie of his fellow Salesians. He continued his athleticism playing basketball at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina where he graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and minor in English. During college, he worked for a lobbyist in the Washington Leadership Program where he met his future wife Kecia, beginning their 35-year loving relationship.

Byron’s entrepreneurial spirit was contagious in everything he did and was reflective in his professional successes. Byron was a leader in business development, branding, marketing & technology strategy and held senior executive positions at CTI Group, Lambro Tech, Trellist, Inc. and most recently CEO at Cr24, Inc.

Always a good athlete, Byron and Kecia enjoyed playing golf and was starting to play pickleball as members of Vicmead Hunt Club. He enjoyed cooking and entertaining friends. Byron developed a passion for early American antiques. Living in Wilmington he became involved in cultural institutions including Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. He was a lifelong learner and developed treasured friendships with antiques dealers and experts. He was an integral member of the Winterthur Point-to-Point Executive Committee where he led marketing and technology efforts.

Byron is survived by his wife, Kecia, his father John, his sister Barbara, along with a large extended family and incredible friendships. He was predeceased by his mother Mary in August 2022.

Funeral Services

A funeral service will be held in his honor on Friday, November 18 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 808 North Broom St., Wilmington, DE, where family and friends may visit at 10 AM followed by a service at 11 AM. Burial will be at Lower Brandywine Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following organizations:
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania:

Online: https://www.pennmedicine.org/giving/ways-to-give
By Mail:
• Make check payable to the “Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania”
• Include a note indicating: Penn Medicine – Abramson Cancer Center
• Penn Medicine Development, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104

or

Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

Online: https://my.winterthur.org/donate/i/memory
By Mail: send to Winterthur Museum c/o Development Office, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE 19735
or
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
808 North Broom Street
Wilmington, DE 19806

Condolences

    Janice Dugan lit a candle and writes,
    May the passage of time eventually bring peace and healing to all those who loved and admired Byron.
    11/15/2022 03:10 pm
    Stephen Karniotis lit a candle and writes,
    Kecia Terry sent a note that a cousin had passed. I am shocked and saddened that it was Bryon that lost his fight. I am so sorry for you and your family. Bryon and I were close when we were kids but lost touch in high school and college. That last time we saw each other was with you at Uncle George's funeral service. This is truly a sad day for someone so young to lose their life. Our entire family is saddened. All our love Stephen Karniotis
    11/15/2022 08:38 pm
    Rischa. Fishman writes,
    I am so sorry to hear about Byron. My condolences go to Kecia and John May your good memories of him sustain you Rischa Fishman
    11/16/2022 08:24 am
    Keith Scandone writes,
    Byron was full of life and energy. One of the most charismatic, inspiring and interesting people I have ever met. One memory of Byron is when I took the train to Delaware from Philadelphia to meet him for dinner. We met at his house for a drink then went out for dinner. We got so deep into conversation that we completely lost track of time and I missed my train. So Byron decided to drive me back to Philadelphia...while he continued to wax on about several topics of business and life. All while smiling and laughing the entire time. He was full of life. His passing is so shocking and sad. I met with him only a few months ago and he looked as good and sounded as good as ever. Life is so fragile.
    11/16/2022 11:51 am
    David Harrell lit a candle and writes,
    I am truly saddened to hear of Byron's passing. It seems like only weeks ago we were discussing the passing of his beloved mother Mary. Such a wonderful family and a tragic loss.
    11/16/2022 03:12 pm
    Chris Saridakis lit a candle and writes,
    A wonderful person and a remarkable life. I feel fortunate to have know Byron. He will be missed and will be remembered for, among many things, his infectious smile, positive attitude and incredible creativity. May his life be celebrated and is spirit live on. 🙏
    11/16/2022 05:09 pm
    richard d joyce writes,
    Byron always made me feel good when he saw me. His optimism and positive attitude as a teenager showed me that you can always look past the low points in your life and look for the good. He was a Salesian Gentleman and and friend for the past 40 years. You are now in heaven with our friend George Kromedas. Prayers for you Byron.
    11/16/2022 09:47 pm
    Christine Schaen lit a candle and writes,
    My thoughts and prayers are to John and Kecia on the passing of Byron. Though I did not know Byron or Kecia, I did know that John and Mary told loving stories of their son, daughter and daughter-in-law. I met John and Mary through my work at their accountant's office (I was the Office Manager) and was always happy to spend time with them. John, I am sorry that I did not know of your loss of Mary, until now. May they both rest in peace. God bless your family. Sincerely, Chris Schaen
    11/17/2022 12:02 am
    Olga Ganoudis lit a candle and writes,
    My sincere condolences and sympathy to you and your family. I always remember Bryon as such an energetic person and full of life and laughter. He will be sadly missed. May his memory be eternal
    11/17/2022 08:56 am
    Mike Giassi lit a candle and writes,
    Kecia, please accept my sincere condolence for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    11/17/2022 10:34 am
    Gus Georgiou lit a candle and writes,
    Byron was my paperboy at his youth. He will be missed by all who knew him. Some people come and go and some leave their footprints In our soul Such people will never die as long as they are rememberd
    11/17/2022 12:29 pm
    Mary V. George writes,
    My heart breaks at the loss of this beautiful soul. May Our Lord ease the pain of his family and strengthen them to endure this loss. May his memory be eternal and may you live to remember him. My deepest sympathy to his loved ones.
    11/17/2022 02:32 pm
    Bob Russel writes,
    Byron was a dear friend and we will miss him very much. It will take a long time to fully realize he is gone. Our hearts go out to everyone in his family and everyone who was lucky enough to call him their friend.
    11/17/2022 06:59 pm
    Jennifer Cresswell lit a candle and writes,
    Byron was a charismatic leader and thoughtful mentor. He was always quick to share a story, offer sound advice, or just take the time to catch up. I'm truly saddened to hear of his passing, and my thoughts are prayers are with his family, friends, and all whose lives he brightened.
    11/17/2022 08:18 pm
    Sam Waltz writes,
    My sincere condolences to Byron's family. I'd come to know Byron some in passing, just a few years before the Pandemic, and we'd met up a few times for breakfast, or coffee. We connected on an Entrepreneurial enthusiasm level, mentioned here by others, and I think each of us had a sense that we'd work together in something one day. Byron seemed a great guy, and he was someone I looked forward to getting to know better, and to work with. He's gone way too soon.
    11/18/2022 08:29 am
    Michael Maguire writes,
    Kecia - My deepest sympathy and condolences on your loss of Byron. He was a friend from grade school, high school and a neighborhood friend. What I remember most about him is his infectious smile, something that really showed his underlying good nature, which you captured perfectly in this photo. Mike
    11/19/2022 09:58 am
    George Apostolakis lit a candle and writes,
    Byron and I went to elementary, junior high school, and then were both involved in GOYA basketball other activities. We both shared a passion for snow skiing and took two epic trips to Utah in the 1980's. As life happens we lost touch with each other but we were able to pick it right back up this past spring. His smile was infectious and you could even hear it in his voice. That fact that he created and ran businesses is not a surprise to me. May his memory be eternal!
    11/20/2022 01:41 pm
    maryann luh writes,
    John, We were so sorry to read of Byron's passing. We remember you and Mary talking of him so fondly. We know how difficult it is to lose a child, no matter what their age. Our prayers are with you. Don and Maryann Luh
    11/20/2022 06:27 pm
    maryann luh writes,
    John We were so sorry to read of Byron's passing. We know the great pain of losing a "child" no matter what their age. Our hearts go out to you. You are in our prayers. Don and Maryann Luh
    11/20/2022 06:31 pm
    Janeen Mirolli-Moser lit a candle and writes,
    I was so saddened to hear about Byron's passing. It has been years since I saw him, but his warmth and positive energy are fresh in my mind. I remember him always smiling, with a kind word or gesture to match. He was so full of life and vitality. My heart is so heavy for you Kecia, and his family and dear friends. I am thinking of you, and holding a vision of Byron's great big smile and frequent laugh in my mind. xo
    12/03/2022 07:29 am

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