Peter F. Anastosopoulos, 82
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NORTH WATERBORO -- Peter F. Anastosopoulos, 82, known lovingly to so many as Poulie, of North Waterboro, was received into the glory of Heaven on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.
He was born in a blizzard at the home of his parents, Foitis Anastosopoulos and Kanella (Makris) Anastosopoulos in Lynn, Mass., on Nov. 20, 1930. His parents immigrated to the United States from Greece; married and lived briefly in Lowell before settling in Lynn for the remainder of their lives and were blessed with 15 children.
Peter was an incredibly hard worker his entire life. At the young age of nine, he worked on a farm during summers; walking the railroad tracks from Lynn to Saugus and contributing his entire earnings to help his family. As he grew, he worked in a cobbler shop, and in restaurants; starting out as a dishwasher and working his way up to short order cook.
Growing up he loved ice skating in Lynn Commons and playing hockey. He graduated from Lynn Classical High, where he excelled in football and was known fondly by his teammates as 'little Pete.'
Blessed with a beautiful voice, he sang in the Greek choir and performed in minstrel shows.
An amazing athlete, he played semi-pro football for Kenny's Comets. He also served in the National Guard.
He married Anne Marie Cleary; the love of his life in 1959 and they made their way through 53 years as best friends and soul mates raising five children together. In the early 1960s they moved their young family from the city and settled in North Waterboro. For years he was a Boy Scout leader in town.
A master stone mason with an artisan's eye for stone and brick work he was called upon to restore many local stone walls surrounding historic buildings and cemeteries, and his craftsmanship remains intact to this day. He was a member of the Bricklayers Union in Portland, and enjoyed masonry work until the wear and tear on his knees made it impossible to continue.
For years he was a custodian in the Massabesic Schools and spent more than a decade doing maintenance work for the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.
Always smiling and with a kind word to spare, he was beloved by all those whose path he crossed. This gentle nature drew people to him and afforded him an opportunity to quietly have a positive impact on so many lives. Gifted with true compassion, he saw no race, gender, or disability and extended unconditional love to all.
Retiring in the 1990s he would spend the next 20 years enjoying the most fulfilling job of his life: being a grandparent. Their biggest fan, he attended every event possible for his grandchildren. Nothing gave him greater joy than building relationships with his grand babies and their friends; all of whom came to know him as Poulie.
Peter was a huge advocate for grandparents rights. He and his wife were instrumental -speaking before the Maine Legislature to ensure a bill was passed to make rights to visitation for grandparents permanent law in Maine.
A lover of the outdoors he could always be found spending time working in the garden, mowing lawns, trimming trees and raking. His time in the sun and his Greek heritage rewarded him with a radiant tan, which never seemed to fade. He loved fishing, the beach, time on his screen porch with family, the amazing cooking of his wife, Greek pastries and ice cream!
A lifelong sports fan, he followed the joys and sorrows of every New England team through the years and had a special place in his heart for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, catching their games whenever possible. He enjoyed many seasons of good baseball in the stands at the Portland Seadogs with his son, grandson and good friend Jim Krause of Sanford.
Always a man of consummate honor and responsibility, Poulie and Yaya became the legal guardians of their grandson Christopher after the death of his parents. Christopher became the son of their old age. Best of friends Christopher brought Poulie great joy and a balding head!
He was fortunate to enjoy the blessings of a true and best friend in John MacDougall with whom he shared many a good laugh! A best buddy through thick and thin, John remained a source of constant support to his friend right to the very end of his life.
The past several months Peter faced many health challenges. He was very blessed to be in the compassionate care of Dr. Paul Parker of Maine Nephrology and Dr. Syed Kazmi of New England Rehab. The family extends heartfelt and unending gratitude for their tireless efforts.
Peter was a mighty man of God, and had a deep personal relationship with his Lord and Saviour. Each morning he would carve out time to pray for his children, grandchildren, family and friends, among countless others.
He was predeceased by a son, Paul. Surviving are his wife Anne; grandson Christopher; daughter Annette Owen, her husband Forrest (Woody) and their daughter Alexandria, a son Angelo Anastosopoulos, his wife Valerie and their children Doug, Ariel, Andrea and her fiance Matt Garland, daughter Stephanie Anastosopoulos Guillemette, her husband Mark and daughter Jackie, all of North Waterboro, a daughter Anita (Bunny) Anastosopoulos and her partner Michael Andrew of Gorham; as well as best friends, John and Carolyn MacDougall and their family of Hollis. He also leaves behind six siblings: Dorothy Greberis of New Jersey, Christie Anastos of Massachusetts, James Anastos of Florida, John Anastos of New Jersey, Andy Anastosopoulos of Arizona, and Diane Anastos of North Carolina.
The family invites you to join in a memorial celebration of his life on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at 10 a.m., at Hollis Center Baptist Church in Hollis. A luncheon will follow.
In lieu of flowers, please share a favorite memory of how
he impacted your life.
or call 207-432-1610.
A card or note may be sent to:
P.O. Box 11
North Waterboro, Maine 04061
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 9, 2012