Peter Rizos

Rev. Dr. Peter G. Rizos

January 24, 1938 - March 2, 2020
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Beloved Greek Orthodox Priest

LOWELL-Rev. Dr. Peter G. Rizos, a lifelong Lowell resident and community pillar, peacefully passed on Monday, March 2, 2020 at Boston Medical Center after a sudden accident.

Fr. Rizos is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Presbytera Alexandra (Manousos), his sisters; Frances Pappas and Angie Rigs, all of Lowell, his two children; Dr. Demetrius Rizos and his wife, Susan, of Danvers and Aris Rizos Hatch of Chelmsford, his 3 cherished grandchildren; Nicholas Rizos, Effie Hatch and Zoe Hatch, as well as many relatives. He was preceded in death by his brother Michael Rigs of Lowell.

Born on January 24, 1938, Fr. Peter was the son of the late George and Evangelia Rigs, both of whom were Greek immigrants. He was graduated from Lowell High School’s Class of 1955 as a Carney Medal recipient. He pursued graduate studies at Boston University School of Theology, Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge and the Chicago Theological Seminary. In 1975, he received a Ph.D. in Human Learning and Religious Development from the Graduate School of Boston University.

Ordained to the Diaconate and Priesthood in 1966, Fr. Rizos was assigned as pastor of the St. Demetrios Church in Fall River, MA. From 1972–1984, he served as Associate Pastor and Director of Religious Education at Lowell’s Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, where he was responsible for the GOYA and served as Sunday School Director. From 1978–1981, he worked for the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Archdiocese with a focus on teacher training. From 1980–1984, Fr. Rizos also served as adjunct instructor of Religious Education at the Holy Cross School of Theology. From 1984–1994, he served as interim pastor for various Boston Metropolis parishes. He subsequently served as pastor of St. Nicholas Church in Manchester, NH, the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary in Woburn, MA and most recently at Lowell’s St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church.

Fr. Peter was a retired teacher of Latin, Modern Greek and History in the Lyceum of Lowell High School from 1971–2004, where he developed a four-year curriculum of Honors Greek.

He was an avid golfer and member of Andover’s Indian Ridge Country Club, as well as a member of AHEPA Hellas Chapter 102 of Lowell and The Brotherhood of Clergy, Boston Metropolis. Fr. Peter fully embraced the Greek language, culture and scriptures and found joy in teaching the Greek Orthodox faith and all of its rich traditions. He could be found reading the New Testament in Ancient Greek even at the beach, and would chant Phos Hilaron at sunset with Presbytera Alexandra. His greatest joy was time spent with his children, grandchildren and preaching to his many parishioners. Fr. Peter leaves those that survive him with a treasured legacy of love and faith.

The Rizos family would like to thank Drs. Milton Drake & James Waters for their years of exemplary care and compassion.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 4-8pm at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 44 Princeton Blvd, Lowell. Funeral Services will be held at the church on Saturday, with Divine Liturgy at 10:30am followed by one hour of visitation from 12:00pm-1:00pm. The Funeral Service for Fr. Peter will begin at 1:30pm. Interment will follow in Westlawn Cemetery, Lowell. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fr. Peter's name may be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 44 Princeton Blvd, Lowell, MA 01851.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    March 6, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    March 6, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    St. George Greek Orthodox Church
    44 Princeton Blvd.
    Lowell, MA 01851
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  • Funeral Service

    March 7, 2020 | 1:30pm
    March 7, 2020 1:30pm
    St. George Greek Orthodox Church
    44 Princeton Blvd.
    Lowell, MA 01851
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    Divine Liturgy at 10:30am followed by one hour of visitation from 12:00pm-1:00pm. The Funeral Service for Fr. Peter will begin at 1:30pm.
    His Eminence Methodios, Metropolitan of Boston
  • Interment

    March 7, 2020 |
    March 7, 2020
    Westlawn Cemetery
    Boston Road/Spencer Street
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Arthur and Regina Dabilis

Posted at 05:52pm
Dear Presbytera Alexandra and Family,
We were deeply shocked to hear of Father Peter's tragic passing. Though we did not personally know him as well as we would have liked, we were always impressed with what a fine and caring human being he was -- and always warm and friendly on the occasions that we encountered him. He will be sorely missed by all.
May his memory be ever eternal.
With our deepest sympathy,
Arthur and Regina Dabilis
With our deepest sympathies,
Arthgur and Regina Dabilis,

Adrienne Camfield

Posted at 10:54am
So sorry about your loss, from St. Vasilio's Greek Orthodox Church in Newport, N.H.

Joan and George Tsoukalas

Posted at 08:03pm
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Fr. Peter.
Fr. Peter married us at the Transfiguration Church in 1971 when Fr. John Sarantos was on vacation. When we'd see Fr. Peter, we'd tell him how blessed we felt that he married us, and he'd always respond with a smile.
Fr. Peter will be sorely missed. May his memory be eternal.

Rev. Dr. Nicholas V. Gamvas

Posted at 09:20am
Presbytera Alexandra and Family:
My Deepest Sympathies on the falling asleep in the Lord of Fr. Peter of Blessed Memory. May his Memory Be Eternal. And may our Lord comfort you in this time of great loss.
Zoes O Logos sas.
With Deepest Sympathy,
+ Fr. Nicholas V. Gamvas

Donna Vergados

Posted at 06:28am
Presbytera Alexandra and family,
Nick and I are so sorry for your loss. He was such a great man and priest. He helped me through hard times when Nick had his accident, visited him and prayed for him. He was there for my in-laws, George and Yiannoula Vergados. He always visited them in the nursing homes and gave them communion. It was such a heart break to hear about the accident. Nick is in Florida and cannot be here at this very difficult time, but his thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Nick lost a good friend and a golfing partner, he always enjoyed playing golf with Fr. Peter.He will be greatly missed. May his memory be eternal.

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