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Peter John Spillis

December 5, 1932 ~ March 24, 2021 (age 88)

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Peter John Spillis, Dec 5, 1932 - March 24, 2021. Born in Miami to Greek immigrants and early Miami settlers, John and Melpo Spillis, he graduated Miami High ('50) and studied architecture at Univ. of Florida ('54), followed by service in the U.S. Army, Counter Intelligence Corp, during the Korean conflict ('56). Upon completing his service, Pete joined the pioneering architectural firm of Pancoast, Ferendino, Skeels & Burnham. That same year, he met the love of his life, Electra Varkas, and a year later, they were married at St Sophia Greek Orthodox Church. They were inseparable for the next 63 years. In 1970, the firm became Ferendino Grafton Spillis Candela, and in 1977, Spillis Candela & Partners. The firm grew to be one of the largest and most significant architectural and engineering firms in the U.S., with offices throughout Florida and in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., NYC and LA. It later merged into AECOM. A quiet philanthropist, together he and Electric tirelessly served the community through Children's Home Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and so many more. He was as a Trustee of the Museum of Science and a founding member of St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, where he remained a devout member until his death. He was an avid boater, fisherman and golfer, and a club member of Ocean Reef, Coral Reef, Riviera and Deering Bay. Above all, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Electra, four children John (Angela), George (Sharon), Joy (Scott Lundeen) and Peter (Sofi), thirteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and sister, Frieda Mookas. Predeceased by his sister, Ana Paraskeva (Peter). The family will hold a private funeral service. A public celebration of his life is planned for May 15, 2021. For details, go to peterjohnspillis.com. Donations in his honor may be made to St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church

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