Peter Kouvaris, 88

Peter Kouvaris of Osterville, Mass., died July 1, 2013.

He was husband to Dina (Lampiris) Kouvaris, and father of Chrissoula Hagigeorges and her husband John of Andover, Mass.; Louis Kouvaris of Wilton; and Demos Kouvaris of North Reading, Mass. He was also grandfather of Dina and Theo Hagigeorges; Peter and Carly Kouvaris; Lauren Whitney, Lexi, Chloe and Niko Kouvaris. He was the brother of Demosthenes Kouvaris and his wife Catherine of Jamaica, N.Y.; the late Antonios Kouvaris and his wife Stavroula of East Meadow, N.Y.; and the late James and his late wife Panayiota Kouvaris.  He is also survived by in-laws, godchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends. “He loved his family dearly,” his family said.

Mr. Kouvaris was born on July 4, 1924 in Newark, N.J. He spent his formative years in Kokkala, Greece with his mother and three brothers. In 1946, he returned to the United States and joined the Army. After his honorable discharge, he settled in New York City. On Oct. 21,1956 he and Dina married.

In 1967, they moved their family to Cape Cod. Mr. Kouvaris, known as PK, worked as a mechanic in New York, where he owned a gas station and on Cape Cod for Theo Construction. He was a committed parishioner of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Centerville, where he served on the parish council and made life-long friends who meant the world to him.

“His greatest joy came from unconditionally helping others,” his family said. “He touched so many hearts and will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.”

Relatives and friends are invited for visitation at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1130 Falmouth Road, (Rte.28), Centerville, Mass. on Sunday, July 7, from 5-8 p.m.

His funeral will be held on Monday, July 8, at 11 a.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church 1130 Falmouth Rd. (Rte 28) Centerville. Burial will follow in Beechwood Cemetery, Centerville.

Donations in his memory can be made to Northeast Arc/Spotlight Program, 64 Holten Street, Danvers, MA 01923. Arrangements by Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 160 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601.