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Peter ‘Bob’ Klesaris Is Mourned

BURLINGTON. MA – Peter Klesaris of Burlington, MA, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He was beloved husband of 67 years to Elsie (Butts) Klesaris, devoted father of Robert Klesaris and his partner Allison Montgomery, Deborah Goldberg and her husband Alan, Kathy Reardon and her husband Joe, Steven Klesaris, James Klesaris, John Klesaris and his wife Nancy, and Nicholas Klesaris and his spouse Manny Berger, loving Papou of Jennifer, Amy, Robert, Diana, Michael, Kerry, Christina, Joseph, Katie, Peter, Ted, Eleni, Steven, Emily, Bennett and Nina, as well as twelve great-grandchildren.

Peter, or ‘Bob’ as he was known to those close to him, was born in Somerville on March 16, 1933, and was the son of the late Nicholas Klesaris and the late Photini (Harris) Klesaris. He graduated from Somerville High School in 1951 and was a top sales manager for Healer Motors in Watertown, making many lifelong friends through his work. He later entered the thoroughbred racing business, and training horses was a passion he would pursue his entire life, including Captivator, the winningest horse in North America at that time.

He cherished his beloved Annunciation church in Woburn, serving over the years as a Parish Council member, GOYA coach, Sunday School Director and fundraiser. He touched many people with his direct demeanor, mixed with the perfect blend of compassion and understanding. He was a Master Freemason, and recently celebrated 50 years of membership in the Pequossette Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons “The Watertown Lodge”.

He enjoyed winters in Florida, exploring the countryside with his beloved bride, and spending time with his many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

The funeral Service was held on Friday, July 3. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude's Hospital. Interment took place at Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Burlington, MA.

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