Thomas Kopunek, Rehoboth restaurateur

August 30, 2013

Thomas Kopunek, 53, of Rehoboth Beach, died suddenly and unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. He was born in Washington, D.C. Feb. 22, 1960, son of the late Stephen Kopunek and Justine Polivka Kopunek of Nesquehoning, Pa.

Mr. Kopunek was a research chemist by training, but he and his wife are most known for the local business establishments they created, including Red Square restaurant in Rehoboth Beach and MailBiz and JavaByte Cafe in Midway. Tom took great pride not only in his extensive collection of fine caviar and vodkas at Red Square, but also in the accomplishments of his sons, Ruslan and Philip. Both young men have repeatedly distinguished themselves not only in local sports, but also as members of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol lifeguards.

Mr. Kopunek was a friend to everyone, always had a smile and would go out of his way to help anyone with a problem. His favorite pastimes included time with his family and friends, enjoying the beach and live music. Every restaurant in town knew his favorite beverage: Stoli on the rocks with an olive. In fact, his beloved dog is named Stoli. The many people who knew Tom have certainly lost a dear friend.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Kopunek is survived by the love of his life, Victoria, and their two sons, Ruslan and Philip of Rehoboth Beach; two brothers, Stephen Kopunek of St. Charles, Mo. and Mark Kopunek of Nesquehoning; two nieces, Katryna and Stephanie Kopunek; his mother-in-law, Antonina Radchenko of Rehoboth Beach; and his brother-in-law, Dima Radchenko, also of Rehoboth Beach.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 7, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Edmond Catholic Church, 409 King Charles Ave., Rehoboth Beach, where friends may visit beginning at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kopunek Children Education Fund at any M&T Bank branch or by mail to M&T Bank, 19511 Camelot Drive, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.

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