Peter A. Kanakis, age 70, husband of Catherine A. (LaChapelle) Kanakis, passed away suddenly at his home in Assonet, MA, on Sunday October 3, 2021. Born on Friday September 14, 1951, in Aegina, Greece, he was the son of Anastasia (Madronis) Kanakis and the late Antonios Kanakis. Peter attended school in Greece and worked as a 2nd engineer on cargo ships in Greece and even served in the Greek Navy before coming to the United States in 1976, he proudly became a United States Citizen in 1985. A resident of Assonet for the past 38 years, he and his wife Cathy owned and ran Kanakis and Sons Produce Company, a wholesale and retail produce distributor. When he wasn’t working, Peter loved spending time on the water. He and Cathy had a boat for a long time named “For Pete’s Sake”. One of their favorite places to visit was Block Island. He also enjoyed rebuilding and restoring antique muscle cars. In addition to his wife Cathy and Mom Anastasia, Peter is survived by his son Antonios “Pete” Kanakis and his wife Erin of Assonet, daughter Demitria Kanakis and her husband Mike of Florida, stepchildren Keith Cavaca, and Heather Souza and her husband Jason. Seven grandchildren Peter & Anthony Kanakis, Savanah Kanakis, Christos & Athena Kanakis, and Isabel & Eliza Cavaca, brother Argity Kanakis, sister Evangelia Kanakis, and many nieces and nephews. Peter was predeceased by his brother John Kanakis. Public visitation for Peter will be held on Saturday October 16, 2021, from 3:00 – 7:00PM at Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home 280 Bedford Street Lakeville, MA 02347. A private graveside service for the family will be held on Wednesday October 20, 2021, at Assonet Burial Grounds. In lieu of flowers Cathy has kindly asked for donations to help offset the funeral cost.
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