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In loving memory of
Ioannis “Yanni” Giannakouros
  • February 02, 1971
  • -
  • July 13, 2022

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It is with great sadness our beloved Yanni passed away unexpectedly at the age of 51 on Wednesday, July 13. 2022. Yanni was born in Boston, MA and moved to New Smyrna Beach as a young child and resided in Daytona Beach as an adult.

Yanni carried himself with a presence that was larger than life, it was always known when he was nearby. He was Jovial and positive and had a way of building-up those around him. His laugh and smile were infectious, as he genuinely loved to spend time with family and friends. Yanni had a heart of gold and was never shy to provide a helping hand. As a man with many talents, he was able to whip-up a meal while plotting his next venture. He enjoyed the hustle and was continuously working hard to better his life and those around him. Yanni would tell you, “Don’t be afraid to cry, it will free your mind from sorrowful thoughts.”

He is survived by his mother, Eleni Sigalas of New Smyrna Beach. He shared his life with his partner Tara Salvati and her children, Janine, Marissa, and Devon, and 4 grandchildren. His brother Kosta and wife Kelley, and their children and his sister Evangelia “Lisa”. Now he joins his father in heaven, Christos Giannakouros.

Funeral service will commence on Wednesday, July 20, 11:30 AM at Baldwin Brothers Funeral in New Smyrna Beach. Followed by a procession to Edgewater cemetery. A celebration of life to follow in New Smyrna Beach, all are welcome.


Baldwin Brothers
1 North Causeway

Date & Time:
July 20, 2022 at 12:30 PM

Edgewater-New Smyrna Cemetery


July 20, 2022
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Baldwin Brothers New Smyrna Beach
1 North Causeway

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  1. Kimber Poynter lit a candle:
    20 Jul 2022
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  3. Renee says:
    17 Jul 2022
    I am so blessed to have known you yanni. I met you at work, you were always making sure everyone was happy and safe. I am honored to have met you. Rest in peace. You will be missed my friend ❣️

  4. Dawn D’Amato says:
    16 Jul 2022
    My brother, sister and myself were so blessed to have met wonderful person and family. There are many childhood memories that I will always cherish about John. His laugh of course I still remember to this day, and he always found the good in things. Rest In Peace.
    Donnie-Kelly-Dawn McLaren

  5. Kelly Green says:
    16 Jul 2022
    I am honored to pay tribute to you my friend not just now, forever.It is profoundly true you really did have a kind hearted way about you and nobody loved their family like you did. Although you and I fought all the time at work, somehow you always managed to make me feel better about myself. I would work harder for you because you were such a hard worker yourself. You out- worked most kids that were hired to help you.
    You were a deep feeling passionate man who left your heart everywhere you went. You impacted everyone on your path. And nobody on that path will ever forget the kind things you would do to help them with whatever they would need. I am so great full that I was able to have what little time I was granted by God to know and most definitely learn from you. Until our paths meet again. May you Rest In Peace my friend turned angel. Sincerely. Kelly Ann Green

  6. Valencia says:
    15 Jul 2022
    What a kind hearted and loving soul you had. Not a day went by that you didn’t manage to put a smile on my face. Work isn’t going to feel the same. Life isn’t going to itself. We all love you, You will truly be missed. Forever in my heart ~Vince

  7. Donna Armstrong says:
    15 Jul 2022
    I am going to miss you.you could always make me laugh .the pizza place isn't the same with you gone.love you

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