Obituary of Petros "Pete" Tsimboukis
Petros “Pete” Tsimboukis, a longtime resident of Chatham Township, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was 78.
Pete was born in the village of Evia on the island of Karistos, Greece on May 3, 1942. He was raised in Evia in a family of four children and he often fondly recalled his youth in beautiful Greece. As a boy Pete took a great interest in marble and stonework and it was in Greece that he gained a deep appreciation for the ancient Greek structures of marble and granite that withstood the test of time. At a young age Pete began his training in the stonework trade with great enthusiasm and it became not only his lifelong career but his passion. In 1970 Pete established his company, Pete’s Marble and Granite of Chatham. Over the years Pete was instrumental in countless projects and was proud of his work. He was extremely attentive to his clients.
In 1970 Pete emigrated to the United States and he was married to his beloved wife, Kali Tsimboukis (Kanakaris) on February 15, 1970. The couple first lived in West Orange, before settling in Chatham Township where they raised their family. Pete’s family was paramount in his life and he was the patriarch of the family. His favorite holiday was Greek Easter and he loved when his family and friends gathered at the family home for the occasion. Pete enjoyed entertaining family and friends and treasured time spent with his grandchildren, who were especially dear to him.
Pete was proud of his Greek heritage and took many trips back to Greece to visit family and friends. He was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield and active member of the Greek-American community.
Pete was predeceased by his loving parents, John and Chrysoula Tsimboukis; his brother, Jimmy Tsimboukis; and his sister, Carol Colombaris. He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Kali Tsimboukis; his son, John Tsimboukis (Andrea) of Berkeley Heights; his daughter, Chrissie Houlis (Dean) of Bricktown; his sister, Kitsa Zorba of Greece; 5 cherished grandchildren, Christina, Eva, Irene, Bobby and Dina; many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a visitation from 10:45AM to 11:30AM on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 250 Gallows Hill Road, Westfield. At 11:30AM a funeral service will be held at the church with interment following at St. Vincent’s Cemetery, Madison.
Visitors to the church are kindly asked to wear masks and practice proper social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that charitable contributions be made in Pete’s memory to the Chatham Emergency Squad.
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