Vernon Peter Tsarides, who lived in Mashpee for many years until his recent move to Keystone Place at Buzzards Bay, died June 18. Mr. Tsarides, 87, was known as Pete.
He was the husband of Priscilla M. Tsarides. They were married in December 1954.
The son of Peter C. and Mary (Kouroyen) Tsarides, he was born in Boston and raised in Brockton.
A graduate of Brockton High School, he continued his education at New England College, from which he received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
Mr. Tsarides served in the US Army during the Korean War, stationed at bases in New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington, DC.
He worked as a structural engineer for engineering/architectural firms in Rochester, New York, and in Boston. He then became a career employee with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation as a senior project manager in the Engineering & Maintenance, Construction and Contracts Administration divisions of the MBTA.
After his time at the MBTA, Mr. Tsarides became a self-employed construction manager on projects in Taunton and Worcester. He also was employed for several years as a project engineer with Sverdrup Civil Inc., in the Boston office.
He was a member of American Legion Mission Hill Post 327 Boston, the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 90 Norwood, and Mashpee Men’s Club.
Mr. Tsarides enjoyed listening to classic country music. He also enjoyed playing baseball, basketball, bocce and cribbage. He belonged to John Wesley United Methodist Church in Falmouth.
He and his wife had traveled to many of the states and islands as well as Great Britain. They lived in Virginia, Rochester, New York, Boston, Foxboro, Norfolk and Estero, Florida, for many years prior to full retirement at Southport in Mashpee. Mr. Tsarides often communicated with his cousins in Thessaloniki, Greece.
He leaves three children, Peter E. Tsarides of Rochester and Wareham, Robin M. Solis of Cedar Park, Texas, and Dawn T. Rooke of Holden; five grandchildren; and two sisters.
A service with prayers and military honors is set for Wednesday, June 30, at 11 AM at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.