U.S. Army Air Force veteran of WWII

Published February 13, 2019

READING — Peter L. Zetes, 95, of Reading, formerly of Lynn, died on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at home after a brief illness.

He was the beloved husband of Betsy (Polychronopoulos) Zetes, with whom he had shared 50 years of marriage. Born and raised in Lynn, he was the son of the late Louis and Anastasia (Anasoulis) Zetes. He was a graduate of Lynn English High School, Class of 1941. Peter had lived in Lynn for the greater part of his life. He had also resided in Lynnfield for 13 years and had recently moved to Reading.

Peter served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. After an honorable discharge, he worked on jet engines at GE Aviation. In 1951, he began a long and successful career in the Lynn Fire Department, retiring at age 60 as district chief. He was co-owner of Bob’s Fried Clams in Salem, which he and his family owned for many years.

Peter was an avid golfer and Boston sports fan. He was very active in sports as a member of The Tracy Tigers, Meadowlarks, and Gannon Golf Club. He was devoted to his family and his faith. He and his wife enjoyed going out to eat as well as yearly trips to Las Vegas. His greatest joy came from spending time with his two grandchildren.

He was the loving father of Stacey Albano and her husband John of Lynnfield; and the devoted papou of Matthew and Christina Albano of Lynnfield. He also leaves his sisters-in-law, Dorothy Zetes of Swampscott; Patricia Gerrish and her husband Curtis of Newbury; and Mary Williams of Ipswich; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Arthur L. Zetes, Sophie Pezzarossi, Stella Jenis, Mary Perros, Viola Papazoglou, Anthony L. Zetes, Georgia Zetes and Jennie Zetes.

His funeral was held on Thursday, Feb. 7 in St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 5 Paleologos St., Peabody. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends were respectfully invited. Visitation was in the church on Thursday prior to the service. Those who prefer may make donations to The Lynn Firefighter’s Relief Association or to the charity of their choice. Arrangements by the Solimine Funeral Home, Lynn. In order to sign the guestbook, visit www.solimine.com.