Lt. Col. (USAF Ret.) Chrisilios Thomas “Tom” Biliouris, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on the morning of Monday, November 17.
Tom was born in Worcester, MA on August 16, 1938, to Areti and Heracles Biliouris. He was raised in a Greek Orthodox home and his faith remained strong throughout his life. He was a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. He served 22 years in the Air Force and enjoyed traveling around the world and experiencing different cultures. He retired from the Air Force in 1984 and pursued a real estate career followed by launching a property management company that remained in operation for 15 years. Although he experienced professional success, the time in his life that he was truly content was when he was with his children and grandchildren. Affectionately referred to as “Papou” (Greek for Grandfather), he filled his retirement days with morning coffee at his neighborhood coffee shop, spending time with his family, and planning his schedule around Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots games.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Areti and Heracles Biliouris. He is survived by his wife, Grace Biliouris of Raleigh, NC; his daughter and son-in-law, Maria and Travis Hicks of Raleigh, NC; his daughter and son-in-law, Christina and Tracy Brunk of Raleigh, NC; his daughter Joanna Biliouris
of Raleigh, NC; and four grandchildren: Christopher Hicks of Boone, NC; Alexandra Hicks of Raleigh, NC; and Grace and Thomas Brunk of Raleigh, NC. He is also survived by his brother, Leonidas Biliouris of Worcester, MA; his sister-in-law, Helen Biliouris of Worcester, MA; his niece Rana George of Holden, MA; his niece Dianna Reza of Chestnut Hill, MA; and his niece Lisa Zahariadis of Worcester, MA, as well as an extended family of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins in the New England area.
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The family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to Transitions Life Care of Raleigh for their compassionate care during his period of declining health and passing.
A visitation will be held from 6pm – 8pm with a brief Trisagion service at 6:30pm on Thursday, November 20th at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 5000 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC.
A funeral service will be held at 2pm Friday, November 21st also at Holy Trinity Church. A graveside service with full military honors will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Capital Campaign Building Fund.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Millbrook Rd., Raleigh, NC. Condolences may be made through www.brownwynne.com.