William C. Kontes, 95, of Jupiter, Fla., formerly of Vineland, died on Monday, April 1, 2013.
He was born and raised in Vineland and in Greece, the son of the late Koula (Olympiou) and Gustas V. Kontes. Mr. Kontes graduated from Vineland High School and was president of the Class of 1937. He attended Rutgers University and served in the National Guard. Along with his brothers, James and Nontas, he co-founded Kontes Glass Company in 1944. In addition to his work at the glass company, Mr. Kontes was very involved in Vineland's civic affairs. He was general chairman of the Vineland Boy Scout district fund drive and was on the board of the Red Cross in 1959. In 1962, he served as the chairman of the Vineland YMCA building fund drive. He also was a member of the board of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Committee of Fifty, served on the board of Citizens State Bank and invested in several other local enterprises. Mr. Kontes was well known for his insatiable thirst for knowledge, his strength of conviction and his athletic prowess. He was an avid sailor, fisherman, golfer and tennis player. He also enjoyed playing bridge. Citizenship and love of the U.S. were paramount to him. He was exceedingly proud of his Greek heritage and of his family, and he will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Helen M. Kontes; his brothers, James (Valerie) and Nontas of Vineland; his son, William (Iris) of Hobe Sound, Fla.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Peter; and his sister, Helen K. Treires.
Services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the YMCA of Vineland, 1159 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360.
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