Charles Tsakalas, restaurateur and sportsman

November 02, 2008|By Mary Gail Hare

Charles Tsakalas, a retired restaurant owner and lifelong sportsman, died of cancer Monday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Towson resident was 74.

Born in Weirton, W.Va., Mr. Tsakalas was a young child when his family moved to South Baltimore. He graduated from City College, served in the Army and attended the University of Baltimore.

He and Carolyn Marmaras married in 1955 and worked together in the restaurant business for more than 40 years. Their first restaurant was G&C Grill in Baltimore.

In 1966, they opened the first Pebbles Carry Out on Liberty Road in Milford Mill. Four more carryout shops followed. He operated Pebbles Pub at Security Boulevard until his retirement in 2000.

A longtime boating and fishing enthusiast, Mr. Tsakalas purchased his first boat in 1966 and enjoyed fishing the waters from southern Florida to the Delaware Bay. He earned his captain's license, ran charter fishing trips and competed in deep-sea fishing tournaments off Ocean City for many years in his powerboat, the Eleni Maria.

An outdoors enthusiast and avid hunter, he was also a staunch advocate of safeguarding the Chesapeake Bay. He also competed in many races and marathons throughout his life.

Services were held Thursday at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, where he was a member and had served on the parish council.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Eleni Flannery and Roanthi Voultepsis; three brothers, Harry Tsakalas, Markos Tsakalas and James Tsakalas; and two grandchildren.

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