Peter D. Ravanis

February 20, 2017

Peter D. Ravanis
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

PETER D. RAVANIS in Woburn, Monday, February 20th, at ninety-three years of age. Beloved husband of Dorothea (Lewis) Ravanis. Loving father of Linda G. Harmon, her husband John R., Nancy R. Provenzano, her husband Richard, Diane S. Ravanis, all of Woburn, Peter J. Ravanis, his wife Cynthia of Burlington. Predeceased by his parents, Demitrios and Maria (Mastroiannis) Ravanis, his brothers and sisters Nicholas, John, Theodore Ravanis, Theodora Banacos, Bessie Nicholas. Special “Papa” to Melissa H. Ames, her husband Brad of Woburn, Sarah H. Harris, her husband Jason of Wilmington, Peter J. III, Kelsey Ravanis, both of Burlington. Great grand “Papa” of Connor and Zoe Ames. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Friday, February 24th at 10a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Thursday evening 4-8. Please at the families request, remembrances may be made in Peter’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association 480 Pleasant Street Watertown, MA 02472.

OBITUARY:

Peter D. Ravanis passed away at the Woburn Nursing Center, Monday, February 20th. The beloved husband of Dorothea (Lewis) Ravanis, he was ninety three years of age.

Peter was born in Cambridge to his loving parents, the late Demitrios and Maria (Mastroiannis) Ravanis. They both emigrated from Greece, arriving at Ellis Island, NY and then right to Cambridge, MA to start their family. One of six children, Peter grew up in Cambridge, graduating from Cambridge and Latin High School with the Class of 1942. Always a proud American, when World War II broke out, Peter enlisted in the Army Air Corps to serve his country.

In 1947 after the war, Peter went to Waltham Watch Maker School, where he graduated with a certificate. At this time Peter founded his watch and jewelry store in Cambridge. Through all his busy schedule he made time to marry Dorothea, his loving wife at the First Baptist Church in Cambridge in 1953. They remained true to each other for over the last 64 years. Always a hard worker, he then worked nights for the US Post Office from 1950 to 1968. When he decided to move in another direction with his career, Peter went to work for GTE Laboratories in Waltham, where he remained until his retirement in 1979.

Peter and his bride moved to Woburn in 1962, where they raised and educated their four children. Always on the go, Peter and Dorothea enjoyed vacationing on the Cape and various other New England locations. An occasional trip to Vegas was always a fun time. Even in his retirement Peter was unable to sit still. He attended Boston University Continuing Education and studied Financial Management and planning. He also became a Real Estate broker on a part time basis and really enjoyed it!

Peter’s life was very full, along with being very active and busy. His lovely wife and children were his world, and supported him everything he accomplished.

A late member of the American Legion and the Watchmakers Association, sadly Peter is predeceased by his parents, Demitrios and Maria (Mastroiannis) Ravanis and his brothers and sisters Nicholas, John, Theodore Ravanis, Theodora Banacos and Bessie Nicholas. Peter is lovingly survived by his wife, Dorothea (Lewis) Ravanis; his children, Linda G. Harmon and her husband John R., Nancy R. Provenzano and her husband Richard, Diane S. Ravanis, all of Woburn and Peter J. Ravanis and his wife Cynthia of Burlington; his grandchildren, Melissa H. Ames and her husband Brad of Woburn, Sarah H. Harris and her husband Jason of Wilmington, Peter J. III, and Kelsey Ravanis, both of Burlington; his great-grandchildren, Connor and Zoe Ames. Peter is also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Friday, February 24th at 10a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Thursday evening 4-8p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Peter’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 480 Pleasant Street Watertown, MA 02472

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