Bar News - February 23, 2007
Peter Makris, 82, a longtime Laconia attorney, of Weirs Beach, died Feb 4, 2007, of lung cancer. He was raised in Boston, where his parents lived upon emigrating from Sparta, Greece.
Dropping out of high school to join the Marine Corps during World War II, Makris served in the Pacific theater. After his discharge, he returned to Boston to complete high school and went on to Suffolk University and Suffolk Law School.
Makris joined the Mass. Bar in 1951 and the NH bar in 1952, and then opened an office in downtown Laconia, where he practiced for 40 years. He was also a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar and the American Trial Lawyers Association.
Active in local politics, he was elected to the Laconia City Council and in the 1970s was elected Belknap county attorney.
His community service included memberships in the Laconia Lions Club, the Masons, the Elks and the American Legion. Makris was the “godfather” of the Greek Orthodox Church, Taxiarchi, in Laconia, a special honor given to patriarchs. He was also a member of parishes in Florida. A motorcycle enthusiast with the nickname “The Golden Greek,” he rode with the New Hampshire Leathernecks until his death.
Makris is survived by his wife of 56 years, Hope; three daughters, Karen, Victoria and Cynthia; four granddaughters; a brother and two sisters.
On behalf of our colleague Peter Makris, the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Board of Governors has contributed to the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, 2 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.