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Peter S. Carpou

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Peter S. Carpou Obituary
February 26, 1920 - October 9, 2017 A Life Well Lived. Peter Socrates Carpou, 97, passed away Monday, October 9, 2017 in Torrance, California. Peter was born February 26, 1920 to Panos and Celia Carpou in the Bronx, New York, second of two sons. He graduated from Verona High School in Verona, New Jersey 1937. As an accomplished pianist and young band leader he worked for a year, playing the band circuit of country clubs, weddings and social events up and down the state of New Jersey as well as for New York's high society. This then provided him with the funds to enter Syracuse University in the Fall of 1938. After spending a year as an Orangeman he applied and was accepted on full scholarship to the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in Manhattan, N.Y. Peter's education was abruptly interrupted with the United States' entry into WWll and along with millions of other young men his age was inducted into the Armed Forces, January of 1942. Eventually assigned to the U.S. 3rd Army under the leadership of General George S. Patton, Peter was now a 1st Lieutenant Tank Commander in the 11th Armored Division, 42nd Tank Battalion. He and his comrades would take part in the largest and bloodiest battle fought in history by the United States military to this day. It was the Battle of the Bulge, Germany's last ditch offensive against the Allies. It lasted from Dec. 16, 1944 to Jan. 25, 1945 in bitter cold winter weather throughout the Ardennes Region encompassing Belgium, France and Luxembourg. His 11th Division (Lightning-Bolt) would move through Germany to the Austrian Border where they would liberate one of the most notorious Nazi concentration camps, Mauthausen on the Danube River east of Linz. Returning to civilian life but not his promising music career, Peter finished and received his college degree from NYU and started on what would be become a 50-year career in the retail industry. His first job in this field was with a men's high-end suit and haberdashery specialty store called Rogers Peet. He would rapidly rise the corporate ladder to the position of Vice President and General Manager in charge of all store operations throughout the Greater New York area, Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Along the way he married the love of his life Bella (Stamatis) and together they settled into suburban life in the village of Garden City on Long Island, NY. Throughout the 1950s, '60s and '70s Peter remained in the Army Reserves, being called back to active duty during the Korean War and the Berlin Crisis. He eventually attained the rank of Colonel before leaving the Reserves in 1975. At about the same time in the mid-1970s the Carpou family moved and relocated to Southern California as Peter accepted a position with Carter, Hawley, Hale. His new job and responsibilities over the next 20 years would include store management and store operations of the Broadway Department Store chain. Entering retirement Peter stayed busy with consulting work as well as community and volunteer work at his local hospital. He played the piano daily, enjoyed great family meals Bella would turn out from her kitchen, took up oil painting, doted on his grandchildren and in general played the part of the family patriarch he so richly deserved, but never took too seriously. Of course there was always time to enjoy an evening Manhattan on the rocks while cheering on his beloved Yankees and Villanova Wildcat basketball team. He was a man of faith and an active member for many years in the Greek Orthodox Church. This included St. Paul's Cathedral (Hempstead, NY), St. Anthony's Church (Pasadena, CA), and St. Katherine Church (Redondo Beach, CA.). He leaves behind his beloved wife of 66 years Pelagia aka Bella; son William Carpou (Paula); granddaughter Cara Parchment (Zakari) and great-grandson Jamie; daughter Chrysa Brothers (Craig); grandsons Eric, Ben, Matt and granddaughter Olivia; son Christopher (Kathy); grandson Sebastian as well as many nieces and nephews and extended family both in the United States and Greece. There will be a Trisagion Memorial Service on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM and a Funeral Service Monday, October 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM with both Services held at St. Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church, 722 Knob Hill Avenue, Redondo Beach. The Funeral will immediately be followed by a Makaria (luncheon) at the Church Hall. After the luncheon interment at Green Hills Memorial Park will take place accompanied by a Military Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Building Fund of Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in memory of Peter S. Carpou. Visit www.lafuneral.com to send the family messages and share memories.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 13, 2017
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