Peter C. Vlahakis, 83, a long time resident of Stamford, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, December 9, 2012. He was born in Kastania (Sparta), Greece on November 28, 1929 to the late Christos and Amalia (Kouroupis) Vlahakis. Peter is survived by his beloved wife of over 56 years, Pauline (Psichopaidas) Vlahakis, his son and daughter-in-law, Christ and Helen Vlahakis, of Stamford, his daughter and son-in-law, Emily and Thomas Hatzis, of Stamford, his two precious grandchildren, Peter and Pauline Vlahakis, and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Peter was preceded in death by his brother John Vlahakis, and two sisters, Georgia Vlahakis and Fotini Kanelaki.Peter was a veteran of the United States Air Force
for four years, proudly serving his country during the Korean Conflict
. Following his honorable discharge, he signed on to continue to serve as a reservist for an additional four years. Following his time in the service, Peter worked at Consolidated Diesel for almost 30 years and at Pitney Bowes for 12 years before retiring. Peter was a devout member of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation for over 60 years, serving as a cantor and church council member. He instilled in his children and his grandchildren a deep belief in God and the Greek Orthodox faith. Peter was a kind, generous and loving man, a man who always saw the good in everyone. He was well respected and loved by all those who knew him. He enjoyed sharing stories about his childhood, his family and history. Above all else, Peter was a devoted family man. He was a loving and caring husband, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law and grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially the time he spent playing with his cherished and much loved grandchildren. He would take them for walks on the beach, to visit playgrounds and treat them to lots of ice cream. The Vlahakis family is thankful to all of Peter's physicians and nurses, and all those at Stamford Hospital who provided him with compassionate care. They worked tirelessly to tend to him and to make sure he was as comfortable as possible. He will be sadly missed, and forever live in the hearts of his family, friends, and by all those who knew and loved him. Eternal be his memory. His family welcomes all relatives and friends on Thursday, December 13th from 4 pm to 8 pm, with a Trisagion service at 7 pm, at the Bosak Funeral Home, 453 Shippan Avenue, in Stamford. A funeral service will be celebrated at 11 am on Friday, December 14th at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 1230 Newfield Avenue, in Stamford. Rev. Fr. Evangelos Evangelidis will officiate. Interment will immediately follow the service at Woodland Cemetery, 66 Woodland Place, in Stamford. The family requests that any donations in Peter's memory be made to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 1230 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT, 06905 or online at http://www.annunciationofstamford.org/donate
. The Vlahakis family has entrusted Peter's final arrangements to Bosak Funeral Home & Cremation, 453 Shippan Avenue, in Stamford. If you care to express your condolences online you may sign the family guestbook at www.bosakfuneralhome.com
, or you can visit Bosak Funeral Home on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bosakfuneralhome
to share your remembrances of Peter with his family.