In Memoriam: Archpriest Dragan Filipovic

20 September 2018 • In Memoriam

With faith in Christ and in the hope of resurrection, we share the news of the repose of our alumnus, Archpriest Dragan Filipovic, who graduated from St. Vladimir’s Seminary in 1971. Fr. Dragan, of Pittsburgh, died unexpectedly Tuesday, September 18, 2018. He was 73.

Fr. Dragan was born December 30, 1944, in Belgrade, Serbia. He was ordained to the diaconate August of 1971 and to the priesthood September of 1971. During his 47 years of priesthood, he faithfully served Orthodox parishes in Phoenix, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Cumberland, Rhode Island; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and North Canton, Ohio. Upon retirement, Fr. Dragan served as second priest at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Canonsburg. He also served as the chaplain for the Stark County Sheriff's Department in Ohio and the Washington County Sheriff's Department in Pennsylvania.

In addition to his ministry, Fr. Dragan was a dedicated husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Popadija Mirjana Zivanovic Filipovic; his son, Matthew Filipovic, and his wife Brittany; his daughter, Elizabeth Fuellhart, and her husband Jack; his sister, Jelena Djurovic, and her husband Blagota; his grandchildren, Aleksandra and Jacqueline Fuellhart; nieces, Natasha Duric, and Gordana Bozovic; nephew, Bosko Djurovic, and his wife Nancy; 4 great nieces, 3 great nephews; and many godchildren.

Visitation will be held Sunday, September 23, from 3 to 8 p.m., at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, 601 W. McMurray Road, Canonsburg, PA, 15317. A service will begin at 7 p.m. Divine Liturgy will begin at 9 a.m. the following day, Monday, with funeral services scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh will be assisted by Father George L. Livanos. Burial services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Ellwood City, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions be made to Holy Transfiguration Monastery, 321 Monastery Ln., Ellwood City, Pa, 16117, or to All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, 601 W. McMurray Rd. Canonsburg, PA, 15317.

May Fr. Dragan’s memory be eternal!

Sections of this article have been reprinted from Sollon Funeral and Cremations Services.