In memory of
Peter Pallantios Natural entrepreneur, proud American and WWII veteran Peter Pallantios, 93, beloved husband, brother-in-law and uncle, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 13, 2019. Pete was born in Newark, N.J., to William and Christina. He was a natural entrepreneur. As a teenager, he sold pretzels and carnations (Mother's Day) on the streets of Newark. Later on, he was a co-owner of a couple of luncheonettes. He also worked the U.S. Stock Market. Pete was a proud American and U.S. veteran. He proudly served our U.S. Navy in World War II on the USS Montpelier. Pete always wore a hat: whether his USS Montpelier or American flag baseball cap or one that symbolized Greece. He was very proud of his Greek heritage, and never forgot his roots. He loved Greek music and played bouzouki. Sixty-nine years ago, Pete married the love of his life, Harriet, in 1949. Harriet never left Petie's side. Pete passed gracefully next to Harriet right after he told her how much he loved her. In the '50s, Pete and Harriet owned and operated nine Dunkin' Donuts. When it was "time to make the donuts," Pete made all varieties from scratch. He was a master baker. He knew how a fresh donut looked, tasted and smelled. Pete is survived by his loving wife, Harriet (nee Dillon); sister-in-law, Helen Sumas (James, deceased); nieces, MariaElaina Sumas, MD (Patrick Baker), Stephanie Sumas, Christine Delice (Tom); nephews, Nicky Sarames, John J. Sumas (Alexandra Liggatt, MD), and two adorable great-nephews, Theodore James Brinton Pallantios Sumas and James Beau Sumas. He was predeceased by his sister, Bertha (Chris Sarames, deceased) and brother, James. Just like his great spirit, we will miss Pete's zest for life and neverending love for Harriet. He shared with all more than nine decades of knowledge, love and experience. He was truly special and we will always miss his strength and pass on what he taught us. Visitation is Thursday, May 16, at Ss. Nicholas, Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 80 Laurel Ave., Roseland, N.J., from 3 to 7 p.m. with Trisagion service. Funeral services at the church are Friday, May 17, at 10 a.m. Entombment is at Somerset Hills Memorial Park, Bernards Township, N.J. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the SSNCH church mortgage fund will be greatly appreciated to honor Pete's memory. For information and directions, please visit paskasfuneralsvc.com .
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