Peter N. Tsapatsaris
of Lowell, decorated Marine Vet; 92
LOWELL -- Peter Nicholas Tsapatsaris, a life-long resident of Lowell, died on February 11, at the Wilmington Health Center, after a prolonged illness.
Born in Lowell on August 5, 1921, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Demetra (Zaroulis) Tsapatsaris.
He received his education in the Lowell Public Schools, attending the Bartlett School and graduating from Lowell High School in 1941.
He worked in construction in Bermuda before enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1942. He fought in the Pacific theater in New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands, Guam and Iwo Jima and received two Purple Hearts for combat wounds during these campaigns. As a result of his distinguished service, he was honored to be marshal of the Memorial Day Parade in Dracut in 2012.
He worked as a proofreader at the Courier Citizen for 37 years and then Digital Equipment Corporation until his retirement in 1986.
He was a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Lowell, the AHEPA, the Greek American Veterans, the Whistler House and the Hellenic Culture and Heritage Society.
Peter was married to his beloved Elaine Panogiotopoulos for 42 years until her death in 1987.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas Peter Tsapatsaris, M.D. and his wife, Wendy Belinsky; his daughter and son-in-law, Caron Tsapatsaris and her husband, Jesse Jacobson; his granddaughter, Elena Jacobson and grandsons, Julian Jacobson, Raiff Taranday Tsapatsaris and Peter Nicholas Tsapatsaris, his namesake.
In addition, he is survived by his brothers, Charles, Steven and George, as well as his sister-in-law, Nancy Tsapatsaris and was predeceased by his sister, Stella, brother, Michael and sisters-in-law, Elizabeth and Dorothea Tsapatsaris.
He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law of the Tsapatsaris, Panagiotopoulos, Zaroulis and Behrakis families.
TSAPATSARIS -- Relatives and friends will be received at the M.R. LAURIN FUNERAL HOME, 295 Pawtucket St. Lowell on Saturday, February 15th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. A prayer service will follow at the funeral home at 11:30 am. Burial will be private. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Hellenic American Academy, 41 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854. Funeral arrangements under the direction of directors, Louis M. Fazio III, M. Richard Laurin, and Scott Laurin. For condolences or directions, please go to www.laurinfuneralhome.com
M.R. Laurin & Son Funeral Home
295 Pawtucket Street Lowell, MA 01854
Published in Lowell Sun on Feb. 13, 2014