Stephen Anthony Beluris
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Formerly of Lowell, MA
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- Stephen Anthony Beluris shared his adventurous spirit and enthusiasm for life with his family, friends, students, and most of all his wife and best friend, Terese Mosher Beluris. He was an accomplished chef, a skilled tennis player, and a gifted teacher. He always felt lucky, and never failed to appreciate that he had great friends and was married to the love of his life.
Mr. Beluris enjoyed two very different career paths, both of which he found greatly satisfying. First he spent 17 years in the restaurant business, including work as an executive chef at Rolling Hills Country Club in Rolling Hills Estates, California, Blue Moon Saloon in Redondo Beach, California, and Harbortown Marina Resort in Ventura, California. Mr. Beluris then returned to school, graduating first from Ventura College, and then from the UCLA honors program with a B.A. in history, summa cum laude. After that he earned his M.A. in history from Pepperdine University. He began his second career of 16 years, teaching Western Civilization at College of the Canyons, Ventura College and, most recently, Moorpark College.
Although he was passionate and serious about his work he was playful in his daily interactions. His humor and intelligence were engaging.
Mr. Beluris died on November 2, 2013 at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California with his wife, Terese (formerly of Lynnfield) at his side. He is survived by his sister, Nina and her husband, Tom McGuirk of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; his godmother, Denny Donaldson of Duxbury, Massachusetts; his 12 nieces and nephews; and four grandnieces and grandnephews, including godchildren, Erin (McGuirk) Ryan, Emily Ryan and Elizabeth Ryan of Deerfield Beach, Florida. Mr. Beluris also leaves many cherished cousins, and his beloved aunt, Effie Tsatsadopoulou.
Frequent travels to Greece, playing tennis together, and traveling the world to attend grand slam tennis events were some of the ways Mr. Beluris and his wife, Terese shared their lives together. Visiting Delphi and hiking the Samaria Gorge were highlights of innumerable trips they made to Greece. The couple even climbed Mount Olympus together - at least most of it. While Terese happily relaxed at the last refuge, Mr. Beluris forged ahead to the top. He would later describe his ascent to the summit as one of the most satisfying feats of his life.
Mr. Beluris was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His mother, Panny (Tanglis) Beluris, moved the family to Lowell, Massachusetts a few years after the death of his father, Anthony Beluris. After graduating from the Varnum School and Lowell High School, he began working in the restaurant business. It was during that time he met Terese, his future wife, and they started dating just after she was accepted to law school. They were married on June 6, 1980 in Peabody, Massachusetts. They became residents of Ventura, California in 1987, and enjoyed a second home in Brentwood since 2003.
Generous and warm, Mr. Beluris treasured the people in his life and they treasured him. He will be missed and remembered.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stephen A. Beluris Foundation, c/o California Community Foundation, 221 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 400, Los Angeles, California 90012.
Published in Lowell Sun on Nov. 10, 2013