Peter George Bougades

January 30, 1936April 29, 2021

Peter G. Bougades of Raleigh, N.C. died peacefully Thursday, April 29, 2021 after a brief illness. He was 85.

Mr. Bougades, a retired businessman who lived in northwest Raleigh, was the son of George Bougades and Angeline Vurnakes Bougades Stephens. His paternal grandparents were Peter and Constance Bougades of Sparta, Greece and his maternal grandparents Constantine and Harriett Vurnakes of Sparta, Greece.

He is survived by his sister, Constance Bougades Bollinger; niece Lisa Bollinger Burbage (husband John), niece Stacy Bollinger; and nephew Tyler Bollinger and numerous cousins.

Peter possessed a strong work ethic from a very young age, having worked as a paperboy for the News & Observer; selling soft drinks, hotdogs and peanuts at the Devereux Meadow Baseball Stadium (opened circa 1945 at Capital Boulevard and Peace Street) and he was proud to have been a page boy in the NC General Assembly. He also was an accomplished singer who performed at his uncle Tom Ross’ supper club, the Chez Gourmet, on Western Boulevard when he was 12 years old. He enjoyed singing at his church and during weddings, as well as karaoke. He was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Raleigh.

Peter graduated from Hugh Morson High School in 1954 and went to High Point College his freshman year on a basketball scholarship. He transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill where he earned a BS degree in Business Administration in 1957. Mr. Bougades then went on to earn his master’s degree in retailing from the University of Pittsburgh before enlisting in the U.S. Army Reserve, where he served on active duty during the Berlin Crisis.

He later moved to New York City where he worked for Whitehall Laboratories and Corning Glass and earned a second master’s degree in business in 1964 from New York University. He returned to Raleigh to work in the corporate office of First Citizens Bank and later was a manufacturer’s representative who went on to become a stockbroker and retired in 2019.

Peter was proud of his Greek heritage and loved both his immediate and extended family. He genuinely cared for people of all walks in life and his friendships are innumerable. All who knew him appreciated his integrity and compassion for life.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 4rd at 10am at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Raleigh. Burial will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park. The Makeria memorial or mercy meal will be held at a later date.

The family is grateful for EMS personnel, physicians, nursing staff and nursing aids at UNC Rex Hospital — especially those in the E.R. and ICU units for their attentive care.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, gifts be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 5000 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, N.C. 27612.

Services provided by Brown-Wynne, Saint Mary's St., Raleigh, NC.


  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

  • Burial to Follow the Service

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021


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Leonard Capetanos

May 5, 2021

I’m sorry I was unable to attend Pete’s funeral. Pete and I grew up together in the small but vital Greek community in Raleigh. We had fun in those early days. I remember Pete as a kind and happy kid. We both left RAleigh over the years but Raleigh never left us. And when I returned there was Pete smiling and remembering with me. I was glad Chez Gourmet was mentioned in his obituary. We were probably the only folks around who remembered that place. He was still friendly. Still kind. He will be missed. May his memory be eternal.

stan greenspon

May 3, 2021

i was certainly not ready for petes passing having just talked with him. pete was the point guard but more than that he loved people and we had many good times together. i jostled with him a lot especially about some of his stories. he was smart because he never held a grudge nor did he take me seriously. will miss you good man.. Punchy

Edna Searcy

May 2, 2021

Pete was a very kind person that we will truly miss. He came to visit me when I was hospitalized last year and his presence in doing that lifted me up. Pete was a good friend. My brother, George Pashales, my husband Bob & I spent some fun time with Pete a couple years ago in Cherokee, NC. May his memory be eternal.

Love, Edna Searcy

Connie Kledaras

May 1, 2021

I am leaving this page BLANK, __________________________________ because this one page is not sufficient to capture what we shared as children, adults, and greater adults .You and your Sister Connie have always been considered as family members. The suddeness of your passing is painful and hard to believe. You gave LOVE and may you NOW receive everlasting LOVE! Always Connie K.

Chris & Irene Zahariades

May 1, 2021

We didn't grow up with you Peter because we didn't get to
Raleigh until 2005. A minor matter because from
day one of our meeting we felt we already knew you all of our
lives. You were always a gentleman of the first order and a welcomed new friend. You will be sorely missed ...may God bless you and keep you close to his heart...until we meet gain

George Pashales

May 1, 2021

A wonderful person in so many ways!
Will be missed!

Diana & Jim Sarantos

May 1, 2021

Sleep well, Pete. All your friends and Broughton classmates will miss you. May your memory be eternal.

Ernest G. Charles

May 1, 2021

Heaven has welcomed a faithful servant! Pete Bougades was a very close friend. He always visited the sick and physically challenged. Pete and I spoke our Greek heritage weekly. He was real and honest. I will surely miss Pete. May God place him among the Saints in Heaven ✝️🇬🇷❤️.

Cynthia Gallion

May 1, 2021

Peter, always a smile on your face & a song in your heart - you will be missed. Our God surely has a most beautiful choir.

Ed Steinberg

May 1, 2021

Pete, my dear friend for over 70 years, I'll always remember you and the times we had together. You were a sweet, kind and loving friend.
I remember the time when I fixed you up with some Jewish girls from Norfolk and changed you name to Pete Schwartz so you could attend one of our social functions They really liked you.

Bougades, when we played JV basketball for Hugh Morson High School it was expected that your teammates would get a chance
to touch the ball, but you were so good it wasn't necessary. Please wherever you are pass the ball around.

I love you will miss you. Until we meet again,

Ed Steinberg