Panagiotis “Pete” Pontikas, 85, of Texas City, passed away peacefully at his home Monday, July 17, 2017, in Texas City, Texas.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 21, 2017, officiated by Father Stelios Sitaras, at The Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 714 19th street in Galveston, Texas. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 20, 2017, with a Trisagion service at 7:00 p.m., at Emken-Linton Funeral Home in Texas City.
Pete was born July 3, 1932, in Piraeus, Greece. He was a ship captain in the Greek Merchant Marines for many years before immigrating to the United States in 1964. One of Pete's proudest moments was when he became a citizen of the United States in 1967. Pete was very thankful and appreciative of the opportunities this country afforded him. Pete married his first wife, Mae, and they opened Mae's Restaurants in several locations throughout Galveston County. Pete and Mae lived many wonderful years together before her passing. Pete had an entrepreneurial spirit and opened many enterprises in Texas City, including Mae's Package Store, Mae's Club and Mae's Apartments. Pete married his second wife, Kathy, during this time, and they had many wonderful years together until she passed.
Pete is preceded in death by his parents, Aristidis and Maroulia Pontikas; his brother, Michael Pontikas; his first wife, Mae; and his second wife, Kathy.
Survivors include his brother John Pontikas and wife, Jerry, of Texas City, Texas; his sisters Kalliroe Glyptis, Margarita Charitou and Anastasia Kallia of Piraeus, Greece; his beloved dog, Kalli; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews of Texas and Greece.
Honored to serve as casket bearers during his services are John Pontikas, Rodney Warfford, Bill Ballis, Tommy Choate, Steven Thompson and Michael Payne.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pete’s honor to the charity of your choice.
I will miss my dear friend
William and Marian GoodwinBUFFALO, TX
Im sending Prayers and my condolences for the family of Mr Pete from the daughter and family of Harriet Coleman Thompson he meant a lot to my mother and he will be truly missed
Brooke ColemanMOBILE, AL
I am honored and blessed to have known Mr. Pete. Today when I walked in you were not where you were, but you will always be in my heart and I miss you so much. Family I know that what your going through right now is very difficult, just know that were here for you. Were truly sorry for your loss.
Steven and Harriet Thompson
Harriet Coleman-ThompsonTexas City, TX
Uncle Pete.... Theie Taki....words are so poor that can't describe the person you were. You were more than our uncle since at a point of our lives you also became our second father as well. You showed us so many things and taught us so much more. You have so many achievements in your life that truly inspire us. You were the wind beneath our wings and we are so proud that you are such a strong influence in our lives and so proud that you are our uncle.
We will always love you, uncle of our heart.... until we meet again!
Maroulia and Froso
Maroulia and Froso PontikasAthens, TX
I had the honor of working with Pete and Kathy at Maestro Club. Over the years we became very good friends.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Go with God and spread your wings my dear friend.
Melanie WilkinsonMooresville, NC
Pete was a true friend and neighbor for many years. Sorry for the lose, and may God be with his family during this time of sorrow.
Billy J PeguesFair Oaks Ranch, TX
Our deepest sympathy Elizondo Family was a great man 🌹
Ralph elizondo srTexas city Tx 77590,
We will miss Pete so much. The world has lost a beautiful character so full of life, so full of love, so so so wildly positive and so much a family person. I remember his stories about admiring the United states from the time he was a boyscout. He really liked the equipment the US scouts brought to the jamborees in Europe and he said at a young age some day I will go there. He brought practically his whole family here and we are all the better for it. He embraced Texas, he embraced the US. We all will miss his positive energy and influence. Rest your soul our angel. May God comfort the family in this very big loss.
Andy Pat and Mariella Tzakis
Pat TzakisMiami, FL
Deepest sympathy to the family. Our community shares your loss. Mr. Pete was a treasure. Prayers to comfort all.
Lynda CaytonTexas City, TX