Beverly, MA — Paul Petrahelis, 75, of Beverly, died Friday evening at his residence after a year-long illness with cancer. He was the husband of Lorraine (LeFave) Petrahelis.
Born in Peabody on August 12, 1937, he was the son of the late Angelo and Bessie (Kostoplulos) Petrahelis, and was raised and resided in Peabody most of his life, before moving to Beverly.
Paul was a truck driver in the transportation industry for 40 years, working at the MK Express Co. and George’s Transportation Co., before retiring a year ago.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Air Force from 1955 until his discharge in 1957. While in the service, he played on the baseball teams.
Paul was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing at the Beverly Golf and Tennis Club, and had entered and played several golf tournaments in New England and in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He was a member of the VFW Post 1011 of Peabody, and was also active for many years at St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, co-chairing many basketball and softball tournaments for them. He also was a member of the Order of Moose of Billerica.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; two daughters, Angele Petrahelis of Dallas, Texas, and Tuesday Petrahelis of Beverly; a sister-in-law, Liz Petrahelis of North Hollywood, Calif.; five grandchildren, Derek and Jeana Grant of Salem, Dillon and Andrew Getso of Texas and Gavyn Thomas Petrahelis of Beverly; and many nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Angelo Petrahelis, and the brother of the late Manny Petrahelis, Ethel Dodge and Julie Cobb.
ARRANGEMENTS: A visitation will be held on Saturday, July 27, at the VFW Hall, Stevens Street, Peabody, from 1 to 6 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Paul’s Grandchildren Memorial Fund, c/o William Neves, 51 Liberty Hill Avenue, Salem MA 01970. Assisting the family with arrangements is the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home of Peabody. To sign the gues tbook, please visit www.ccbfuneral.com.