Peter C. Anton, Sr.

  • Born: May 11, 1925
  • Died: August 17, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
Tel. (210) 227-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

They say that "legends never die" and rightly so with this one. His story will be told over and over . . .

The precious soul of Peter C. Anton, Sr., 94 yrs. young, known to all as "Pete", left its worldly body on August 17, 2019, to be received in the loving and waiting arms of our Eternal Father and Lord, Jesus Christ. They say that "legends never die" and rightly so with this one. His story will be told over and over for generations to come for having touched so many people with love and humility. He was indeed a "legend", dubbed by the San Antonio Spurs, and the oldest ongoing employee of the NBA and The San Antonio Spurs since its inauguration 46 years ago. He had a passion for basketball and the Spurs was his "family" too.

Pete was born in East Chicago, Indiana, on May 11, 1925, the son of Greek immigrant parents, Gust and Europe Antonopoulos. He is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Angela Vamvoras Anton, and his siblings, Demetrios, George, Christopher, Aristotle and Angie. Pete is survived by his son, His Eminence Metropolitan-Archbishop Tarasios of Buenos Aires and South America; daughter, Mrs. Irene F. Pavlovsky and spouse James Anthony of Katy, TX.; grandson, U.S. Marine Staff Sargent Arthur Pavlovsky and his spouse Vanessa, four great-grandchildren: Izaiha, Sophia, Aubrey and Zoey; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and God-children. In 1996 Peter C. Anton, Sr. was designated an Archon of the Holy and Great Church of Christ by His All Holiness The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, an honor which he held with great spiritual pride. He was also a member of A.H.E.P.A. (American Hellenic Educational and Philanthropic Association) and was a devout member of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, serving on the parish council as president and member.

Visitation will begin from 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 20th at Porter Loring Mortuary. The Trisaghion will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 21st, at the funeral home.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, August 22nd, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 2504 N. St. Mary's St. Interment will follow at Mission Burial Park South. The Funeral Services will be celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, representing The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Tarasios and numerous local and visiting clergy.

Pallbearers honoring Pete are Nick Anthony, Tony Kylitis, Kris Davis, Jordan Howenstine, James Anthony Pavlovsky and Dean Danas. The procession will be led by the clergy, followed by U.S. Marine Staff Sargent Arthur Pavlovsky. The Makaria (Funeral Repast) will follow the Internment at the St. Sophia Community Hall.

The family wishes to thank The Revd. Sisters Samuela and those with her from St. Francis Nursing Home for assisting in the spiritual and peaceful passing of our father's soul to its new abode, among the saints, in the Kingdom of Heaven.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Pete Anton's memory to the Spurs "Silver and Black Give Back", One AT&T Center Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78219, email:, or to The Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, 13508 Clayton Rd. Town and Country, Mo 63141


Condolence & Memory Journal

Thank you so much for the Man's Rosary you give me at Macy's North Star Mall. This evening I prayed the Glorious Mysteries for you brother. May your soul Rest in Peace. Beautiful memory of you brother. God bless the Anton Family.

Posted by Vicente Esquivel - San Antonio, TX   August 21, 2019

Deepest condolences for Pete, his loved one's and entire family. Fondest memory of Pete is from his days at the Convention Center Arena at the back door with his best friend and neighbor Pinky Whitney. I will especially cherish the visit's to the Anton and Whitney homes, seeing their smiles when they'd open their boxes full of fresh fruits and vegatables. I'm sure The Whitney's, Mrs Anton plus his loved one's where all there to welcome him home. God Bless Pete.

Posted by Jerry Martinez - San Antonio, TX   August 20, 2019

, . Dear in Christ, Irene,
Pres Susan & i Pray God's comfort to You in this great loss. i will now be remembering your beloved father Peter with your dear Mother , in the . May they have rest & kind reward from our good God!

Posted by Fr Evangelos (Angelo) Pepps - Kalamazoo, MI   August 20, 2019

Pete, I'm going to miss you so much on game nights. You always had a warm friendly smile and kind words for everyone. And thank you for all the peppermints that you gave me.

Posted by Carolyn Wallace - San Antonio, TX - Friend   August 20, 2019

Pete always had a welcoming personality at the AT&T center when I arrived to observe Spurs games for the NBA. His ability to remember names to faces is what impressed me as he even remember my officiating days at the old Hemisphere Arena. I am glade our paths crossed in life.............Mike Lauerman

Posted by Mike Lauerman - Boerne, TX - Coworker   August 20, 2019

Your infectious smile and beautiful heart will be greatly missed!!! It warms our hearts to know you will be reunited with Angie!! We love you Pete!!!

Posted by The Umbel Family - Helotes, TX - Family Friend   August 19, 2019

Have known Pete since Hemisfair days as an usher/security Rest In Peace my friend I shall surely miss your smile God Bless

Posted by Cindy Saucedo - San Antonio, TX   August 19, 2019

Peter, were gonna miss you. May the Lord bless your family in their time of need.
Minister Freda Robinson

Posted by Freda Robinson - SA, TX   August 19, 2019

Rest in peace Pete. We're gonna miss you..met you in 1989 at hemisphere and had been friends every since.
The real Mr Robinson ❤

Posted by Ambrose Robinson - SA, TX   August 19, 2019

So sorry for your Irene. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Carolyn Pavlovsky - Center Point, TX   August 19, 2019

Pete was a wonderful friend to our family and we will never forget him. It was one of the most special things about raising our children in the St. Sophia Parish, because of their ability to get to know and love Pete! We will miss him dearly, but we are joyful that he is finally reunited with his beloved Angie and the rest of his dearly departed family. May his memory be eternal - it will be with my entire family.

Posted by Deborah Papatonis - McKinney, TX - Family Friend   August 19, 2019

Pete, you have been such a good friend to our family for almost 65 years, you will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Reene and His Eminence Tarasios.

Posted by Lucille Karagas and sons - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   August 19, 2019

Pete, what a life! 94years. Rest in Peace. I'm sure Angie has a lot to fill you in on! Warmest condolences to His Eminence Tarasios.

Posted by Christopher Wallace    August 19, 2019

Thank you so much for all the stories, memories, and advice over the years. Thank you for being the kindest, down to earth human being that I've ever met. I leave you with an old Irish Blessing, "May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and until we meet again, May the Lord hold you in the Palm of His hand." Love you Pete!

Posted by Friedhelm Koenigs - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   August 19, 2019

Pete was one of the kindest persons I have known. I know you are at peace my friend, with your beloved Angie.

Posted by Wayne Witt - San Antonio, TX - Friend   August 19, 2019


May his memory be eternal. Mr. Anton was a wonderful man. I always enjoyed seeing his delightful smile at church growing up. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Stephanie Papatonis-Shaffer and Family - Dallas, TX - Friend   August 19, 2019

Memory Eternal my dearest Pete.
St. Sophia is a little less bright today after hearing the news of your passing. My deepest condolences to the entire Anton family at this very difficult time. When I think back at all my childhood memories and adult memories, as well, there isn't a memory without my dear sweet Pete in them. I will treasure these memories forever.

Posted by Fran & Sos Flores - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   August 19, 2019


Rest In Peace dear friend, you will certainly be missed. Hoping to find peace in the fond memories of our friendship. Our heart felt deepest sympathy and condolences to His Eminence Metropolitan-Archbishop Tarasios of Buenos Aires, to Irene and James Anthony and to the rest members of your family.

Posted by John & Eleftheria Winters - Spring Branch, TX - Family Friend   August 19, 2019

Memory Eternal Mr. Anton! We shared some wonderful memories. Our family sends their condolences and prayers to all. Mary S. Pepps, Presvytera Harriet Pepps Wilson and family and Father Angelo S Pepps and family.

Posted by Harriet Wilson - New orleans, LA - Friend   August 18, 2019

Memory Eternal

Posted by Sandra Stanley Shaw - Harleysville, PA - Friend   August 18, 2019

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