Peter Gamvroulas

May 19, 1928August 14, 2012

Peter Stylianos Gamvroulas was born on May 19, 1928 in Honika, Argos, Greece, the third of six children, to the Reverend Father Stylianos (Papa Tellis) and Presvytera Maria Gamvroulas. It is indeed fitting that Panayiotis fell asleep in the Lord on the eve of the Feast of the Dormition of the Panayia, with a prayer on his lips, August 14, 2012. He was a seemingly ordinary man, yet he lived an extraordinary life. Like others of his generation that grew up in a small village in Greece during World War II, his early years were extremely difficult. He knew poverty, fear, and hunger. He also knew the Orthodox faith, courage, love, laughter, loyalty to family and friends, soccer played shoeless on gravel with a ball made of tied up rags, farming, how to roast a lamb, how to dance, and how to sing. His father taught him Byzantine music and trained his beautiful tenor voice, and his mother taught him unconditional love. He eventually left the village for adventure; he joined the Royal Greek Navy at age 19 and served as a chief petty officer for four years, and then at age 23 he became a police officer in the Athens Police Department where he served honorably for seven years. At age 29, he really wanted an adventure, so he boarded a ship in Piraeus, Greece, April 18, 1959, came to America with nothing but a suitcase and a few drachmas, eventually arrived in Utah of all places, met Tula Savas, and so began one of the world’s great love stories. Pete and Tula were married (eloped to Las Vegas actually) August 21, 1959, and their 54 year marriage was a beautiful partnership. They were inseparable and completely dedicated to one another. Papou and Yiayia worked hard, raised three sons, built a home of faith and comfort where they maintained their Greek culture and Orthodox traditions, traveled the world, and cherished their eight grandchildren. Pete’s greatest joys were, in order, his wife, his grandchildren, and his garden. Pete knew what was important; his riches were incalculable, he lived a beautiful and full life, and he passed with his entire family by his side. A truly blessed man. Pete will be best remembered by the Greek Orthodox Parish of Salt Lake as the Chanter at Holy Trinity Cathedral, his voice gracing thousands of worship services for over 50 years. When Pete retired from chanting due to declining health, Holy Trinity Cathedral was standing room only. Generations of parishioners came to honor him for his half century of stewardship and to thank him for his comforting and familiar voice; an acknowledgment that touched him deeply and that he never forgot. It has been said that when Pete chanted he didn’t just sing words and notes, but he sang prayerfully, knowing that his voice represented the voice of the congregation, but also his own prayers. He was devout in his faith, and his gift was special. Pete is survived by his loving wife Tula; children Steven (Maria), Chris, George (Lainey); grandchildren, Peter, Eleni, Andrew, Pisti, Elpitha, Georgia, Magdalene, and Christaki; in Greece, his brother George and sisters Eleni and Pipitsa; and many loving in-laws, nephews, and nieces in Greece and America. Pete was preceded in death by his parents, his best friend and brother the Very Reverend Christos Gamvroulas, and his beloved brother Haralambos. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Pete’s memory to the Hellenic Community Foundation, P.O. Box 521686, Salt Lake City, UT 84152-1686 care of the Holy Trinity Sunday School Classroom Fund. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” AIONIA H MNHMH


  • Visitation Friday, August 17, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 18, 2012

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Peter Savas

June 9, 2014

Very saddened to learn of the passing of Uncle Pete. He was such a kind man, who seemed to care more about others than himself. May God continue to bless him and his family.

Patsy Savas

December 17, 2013

God bless and watch over sweet Tula and all of Our family, Pete I know you are in paradise and watching over all, . Rest in peace You are a blessed man with such a beautiful family. Eternal


December 16, 2013

I love you, Papou.

Buddy and Meredith Franck

September 14, 2012

We were much saddened to learn of the passing of our beloved friend and revered chanter. Our prayers and sympathy are with the Gamvroulas family and our eternal gratitude with Pete as our voice in prayer and worship these many years. In Christ,

alexander kogianes

August 31, 2012

he was the best and fun person to talk to we wil miss him dearley he will always be in are hearts

Peter Roumpos

August 28, 2012

I will miss you Uncle Pete. our love goes out to all of you, especially Aunt Tula. Know he is in a better place now... love peter and gregory roumpos

Bill Rekouniotis

August 20, 2012

Tula, Chris, Steve & George, may God bless you and your families. We lost a great man, husband & father. It was my pleasure to have been able to be with and listen to Pete throughout the years. I hope the Gamvroulas boys continue his legacy. May his memory be eternal.

Spero Musuris

August 20, 2012

In passing I am sure Pete was comforted knowing he raised three fine boys. Our deepest sympathies to Steve, Chris, George and all your family.

Nickie Mihos Albert

August 19, 2012

So sorry to hear about your husband and father. He was such a wonderful man. We have such wonderful childhood memories of him and your family, especially at the Borovilos home. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this most difficult time. May his memory be eternal.

Steve Oneida

August 19, 2012


I am so sorry to hear about the death of your father. Pete was a fantastic man and he always made me feel welcome at church. His voice was both beautiful and inspirational at the same time. He will be missed!! I know what a hard time you must be going through having lost my father back in 2007. Just know that you will never forget him and the inspiration that he has passed on to you. So long as you and yours refuse forget him his memory will truly be eternal!

Your Friend Steve Oneida