Peter (Panayiotes) Lycourgos Regas passed away into the Lord’s care on November 4th, 2020 . He was 79 years old. Peter was born on August 15th, 1941 in the small village of Alepohori, Greece near the city of Sparta. At the age of 18, he left Greece to join his brother Jimmy in Adelaide, Australia. He got his first job in Adelaide by having someone write “looking for work” on his hand, and going from factory to factory until he was hired. Although work was a priority, he also took full advantage of being an 18 year old away from home for the first time. He always loved talking about his many cherished memories and adventures of his time in Australia. In 1966, He moved to the United States to work with his oldest brother John at the Deluxe Coney Island on 1st street. In 1969, Peter went back to Greece to visit his parents and ended up falling in love with a childhood neighbor, who happened to be visiting the village with her parents that same summer. Peter and Anna (Athanasia) Avaliotes were married on Nov. 20th, 1971, in Buenos Aires, Argentina where Anna was living at that time. He brought her to live in Duluth. In 1987, Peter and John opened up another Deluxe Coney Island in the Miller Hill Mall Food court. Peter made the mall his home for the last 30 years of his 50 year career. Peter, lovingly known as the Coney Man to many, was usually heard, before he was seen in the mall, shouting “hello my friends” to all who passed by his store. He loved his work and the many loyal customers, and would do anything to make them happy. Peter always had a smile and remembered your name. In 2014, Mayor Ness honored Peter for his 5 decades of dedication to his business and the Duluth community by declaring July 24, Peter Regas Day. Peter loved gathering with his family and friends, listening to Greek music, dancing, and his old cars. Peter was a dedicated member at Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox.
Church and took great pride in being a Greek-American. He and his ever-present smile will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lykourgos and Ekaterina and his brothers, John and Jim.
Peter is survived by his wonderful wife of 49 years, Anna, his daughter, Kathy (Victor) Regas and son, Perry (Kristen) Regas MD, his grandchildren, Loukas, Pierce, Andreas, Athanasia and Emilia - all of whom he loved so very much. He is also survived by his sister-in-laws Chrisoula, Ellie, Emilia, godchildren and many nieces, nephews and wonderful family and friends all around the world.
Visitation will be from 5-7pm on Friday Nov. 6th with Trisagion
at 7 PM at the Dougherty Funeral Home. Memorials are preferred in leu of flowers to Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox
Church 632 E 2nd St. Duluth, MN 55805. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E 2nd St. Duluth, MN, (218) 727-3555.