Obituary of Peter Vasilkioti
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Peter Vasilkioti on Friday, December 1, 2023 due to complications following a stroke in his 81st year.
Peter was born on August 20, 1942 in Montreal, Quebec to Mitrofan and Evangeline Vasilkioti. He ventured to New York City in his early twenties in search of business opportunities during the Vietnam War era and subsequently enlisted in the military. He ultimately settled in Toronto, Ontario.
A decorated Vietnam War Veteran, Peter proudly served two tours as a military police officer and received commendation for outstanding performance of duty. Peter returned to Montreal following completion of his service in the reserves in Texas and Vermont and applied his honed military skills to head the Ski Patrols in both Quebec and Ontario. Peter went on to make his mark in the packaging industry where he formed many long-term relationships which only added to his repertoire of stories, such as educating the CEO of a major pharmaceutical company that metal caps and plastic bottles do not marry well.
A larger-than-life character who was said to have more stories to tell than Walt Disney, Peter seemed invincible after having survived Vietnam and his recent battle with cancer. He did not hesitate to occasionally point out that one was in the presence of a living legend, especially after serving as part of the federalized National Guard troops during Martin Luther King's historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
Peter was predeceased by his dear brother Frank Vasilkioti (Marilyn) and cousin Peter Vasil (Francine), and is survived by his loving and adoring wife Mary of 20 years and dear brother Basil (Diane Weinstein), brothers-in-law Chris (Linda) Terpenis and Alex Terpin (Penny Dimos). He will be dearly missed by his nieces and nephews Greg Vasilkioti, Bronwyn Vasilkioti, Damon (Molly) Vasilkioti, Nicole (Jay) Morakis and Mikaela Dimos Terpin (goddaughter), grandniece and grandnephews Joseph, Yasmeen and Noah, cousins Alex Vasil (Marina) and George Vasil (Mairi) and their families, and his many other extended family members, friends and business associates.
A private cremation has taken place and a celebration of Peter's life will be held at a later date in 2024. In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to The Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Wounded Warrior Project or charity of your choice.