Peter George Gumas passed away in his Antioch home unexpectedly Sunday, November 1st. Pete leaves behind a lifelong legacy to be remembered by his friends and family.
The son of George and Alexandra Gumas, Peter is survived by his children, Nicholas P., Sophia, and Anastasia, as well as their mother, Nadine, Pete’s mother, Alexandra (nee, Loufas), his brother, John and sister-in-law Janice, and their children, Nicholas G., Stephanie, and Alexander.
A lifelong resident of the Bay Area, Pete grew up in the Mission District of San Francisco. His passion for his hometown was engrained in him from the beginning of his life. An honors student in his formative years, Pete attended Lowell High School in San Francisco (class of ’74). He went on to earn his degree from The California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he majored in Crop Science with a minor in Turf Management. His passion for education and botany never waned, as he spent several years as a professor at Merritt College, Oakland, teaching various landscaping and horticulture classes. Whenever his friends had an issue with their lawn, Pete was their first call and he was always happy to help! As a hobbyist agriculture photographer, Pete strived to capture nature with the passion he saw for it through his eye.
To Pete, volunteering with youth development organizations gave him his sense of purpose. He spent more than two decades as a Youth Basketball Referee with various philanthropic organizations throughout the Contra Costa County area, constantly speaking to the joy it brought him. The one thing about Pete that everyone agrees on is that he was truly one of the nicest people you ever met with a heart as big as there ever was. His smile and generosity will be missed by all who met him.
Pete's sanctuary was found within the community of the Greek Orthodox Church. An active member of the St. Demetrios parish in Concord, he involved himself in all aspects of the church from helping facilitate their annual festival to singing in the church choir. Pete's faith played a pivotal role in every aspect of his life.
A prayer service (Trisagion) will be held Monday, Nov. 9th at 6:30 pm at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church located at 1955 Kirker Pass Road, Concord. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 10th at 10 am at St. Demetrios Church with internment immediately following at the Greek Orthodox Memorial Park located at 1148 El Camino Real, Colma.
Because of Covid restrictions at both the Church and Cemetery, there will be limited indoor (and outdoor) seating. Services will also be streamed live using the following links:
Trisagion - https://youtu.be/dKUZgou7t9k
Funeral - https://youtu.be/C1CJMzKTdO4
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that you consider making a donation to Pete's home parish, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Donation information can be found at www.stdemetrios.info/give