Thomas "Tommy" Kourgelis
1938 - 2021
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Thomas "Tommy" Kourgelis

Emerson - (February 6, 1938 - April 3, 2021)

Thomas "Tommy" Kourgelis, of Emerson, NJ, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the age of 83.

Born in Chios, Greece, Tommy immigrated to the United States of America in 1958 in pursuit of the American Dream. Having started as a dishwasher, his hard work and tenacity paid off. In 10 short years, Tommy's dream was finally realized after marrying his wife, Carole, and together purchasing Cedar Lane Grill of Teaneck, NJ along with his brother, John and cousin, George. Through his tough work ethic and dedication to his career in the restaurant industry, he laid the foundation, alongside Carole, to create the longstanding legacy with his children that exists today.

Tommy enjoyed traveling, spending time with family, and the (occasional) trip to the casino. A generous man, Tommy found joy in giving back to his hometown, Agios Georgios Sikousis of Chios, the Greek Church and offering a helping hand to anyone in need.

Tommy leaves behind his loving wife of over 60 years, Carole Kourgelis, his children, Maria Carfello (Carl), Jimmy (Caryl), George (Deborah), and 10 grandchildren: Carl, Calli, TJ, Cole, Alexis, Christina, Niko, Katarina, Christopher, and Thomas. Tommy also leaves behind his brother George of Chios, Greece along with numerous family members and loyal friends. He is now reunited with his beloved father, Dimitrios and mother, Marouso. Tommy was also preceded in death by his sister, Despina, brother, John and cousin, George.

Viewing services are scheduled for Monday, April 12th from 2PM-8PM at A.K. Macagna Funeral Home, 495 Anderson Avenue, Cliffside Park, NJ. www.akmacagnafuneralhome.com

A private Funeral Service for family will be held at St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church.

To live stream Funeral Service please log onto: www.stathanasiosnj.org click livestream or facebook tab to stream live services on April 13, 2021 at 11:00am.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:

St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church

51 Paramus Road

Paramus, NJ 07652

Ascension Greek Orthodox Church

101 Anderson Avenue

Fairview, NJ 07022

Saint George Sikousis Syllogos, LTD

4401 Broadway

Astoria, NY 11103




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We are so sorry to hear of this unexpected loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences to Carole and the whole family. Tommy was the most generous, caring, and loving person I have ever met. He will be greatly missed!


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