Stratham, NH — Peter T. Angelakis, 87, formerly of Ipswich, MA, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at home on Monday, September 24th. He was the beloved husband of Katherine (Vlahos) Angelakis. They were deeply devoted to each other’s happiness during their 59 years of marriage. Born in Peabody, MA, he was the son of the late Theodore and Yannoula (Kleros) Angelakis. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three loving children, Joni Angelakis Wood, Maria Angelakis, and Ted Angelakis. With a true father’s heart he always provided love, encouragement and support throughout their lives. They, along with his son-in-law Tom Wood, shared in his passion for family and hard work which he also passed on to his grandchildren Sarah (Roberts) Kyriazis, Jacob Angelakis, Peter Roberts, and Rachel Roberts. Along with his seven great-grandchildren, his family will miss his long stories they never tired of hearing, his love of life, and the kindness he showed to all who knew him. They will remember “Papou Peter” for his rides in the lawn cart, teaching them how to play golf and his personal relationship with each of them.
He had a strong unwavering faith in God and deep love for his brother Spiro and his deceased wife Georgia, his sister Kaye Nicolakis and her husband Manuel, and his deceased brother Charlie and his wife Maria. He was well respected and admired by his many cousins, nephews and nieces, each one remembering him for the love and special interest he took in them.
He was proud of his service to our country. As an Army Sergeant during WWII, he was stationed in the Aleutian Islands as a radio operator. Following his military service he was employed by Demakis Enterprises. Determined to provide more for his family, he struck out on his own with hope and confidence that birthed a successful chain of Super Sub sandwich shops. An avid golfer, loving the challenge of the game and proficient in the sport, made him a highly sought after golf partner. He will be remembered by many for the love of the game and his competitive spirit.
Always a peacemaker, Peter believed in the goodness of others. He had a heart for those who needed encouragement and hope, and many will remember him for the hand of friendship and vote of confidence he gave them.
He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral service will be held Saturday, September 29th, at 10:00 A.M. at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Ipswich. Interment will follow with military honors at the Cowles Memorial Cemetery 29 Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Visiting hours will be Friday September 28th, from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. in the Morris Funeral Home, 45 North Main Street, Ipswich, relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to: the Peter T. Angelakis Memorial Scholarship Fund (a scholarship to be awarded to a deserving Peabody Veterans Memorial High School Senior who wants to further their education in business) c/o TD Bank, 23 Market Street, Ipswich, MA 01938. For directions or to send a condolence to the Angelakis Family, please go to: www.MorrisFH.com.