Peter Botoulas, 82, of Lake Placid, New York, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Plattsburgh Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility on April 16, 2017 at 10:56 am.
Born November 28, 1934 in Athineon – Tripoleos, Greece, the Son of George and Maria (Tsoupsie) Botoulas he immigrated to America on March 25, 1950. Peter worked in Elizabeth, NY and then for a few years at the Hotel Marcy and The Lake Placid Club before heading to Hollywood, Florida. While in Hollywood, he was employed at the Hollywood Beach Hotel for 17 years – achieving the prestigious "Executive Chef" designation. Peter also worked at the Sagamore in Bolten Landing, NY, Bretton Woods in New Hampshire, and Martha's Vineyard Summerside.
Peter married Maria Hadjis Botoulas on October 2, 1966 and immediately opened up the Lebourget Coffee Shop until 1979 when they transitioned the coffee shop to E-Maga-Zee Gift Shop. Shortly thereafter, he expanded the business offering by opening Georgio's Ladies Apparel, Barnaby's Liquor Store, and Bobo's Ice Cream Shop and Deli.
In the winter of 2000, Peter opened up Pete's Steakhouse until he sold the business in 2012 and retired. Upon his retirement in 2012, Peter spent his winters at his residence in Daytona Beach, Florida and his summers at his home in Lake Placid, New York.
He enjoyed golf, big-game hunting, and Alaskan Salmon Fishing. He was also a member of the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service (LPVAS) for many years, a Masonic Lodge member, and a 2-term president of the Lake Placid Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, Maria, of 50 years; his son, George and his wife, Claudia, from Olmsted Falls, Ohio; his four grandchildren, Rachel, Peter, Elena, and Gabriela; his brother, Nick Botoulas, and his wife, Matina, from Flushing, NY and their daughters, Marilena and Georgia Botoulas. He is also survived by his two sisters from Greece – Valiki Kromydas and Aspacia Paraskovopoulos.
Donations can be made to the following organizations in Peter's name: The American Heart Association, American Diabetes Society, Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service or the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department.
A graveside service was held at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at North Elba Cemetery, Old Military Rd, Lake Placid, NY with Rev. David Ousley officiating. The M. B. Clark, Inc. Funeral Home in Lake Placid, NY is in charge of arrangements. Relatives and friends are invited to share a memory or leave condolences at www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com .