Official Obituary of

Peter Theodore Sarandos

March 5, 2024

Peter Sarandos Obituary

Peter Theodore Sarandos, known affectionately to friends and family as Pete, passed away on March 5, 2024, at the age of 82. Born on May 28, 1941, in Milwaukee, WI, Pete was a beacon of warmth and wisdom in the lives of all who knew him. He left this world in Ellicott City, MD, after a courageous battle with complications from Parkinson's disease.

Pete's journey began in the Midwest, where his sense of responsibility and leadership was evident even in his early years. He was the son of Greek immigrants, Ted and Joyce Sarandos. Pete pursued higher education with a steadfast determination, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Business from Concordia College. His academic achievements laid the groundwork for what would become a remarkable career.

Professionally, Pete was a respected figure in the corporate world, dedicating many years to Black & Decker, where he rose to the position of Senior Vice President of Human Resources. His colleagues remember him not just for his professional acumen but for his genuine care for the people he worked with. He believed in the value of every individual, often quoting John C. Maxwell: "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." This philosophy guided Pete throughout his career and his life.

Beyond the boardroom, Pete was a man of diverse interests. He had a passion for home improvement projects, always eager to lend a helping hand or share his knowledge. His love for playing tennis was more than a hobby; it was a testament to his competitive spirit and joy in staying active. Traveling with friends was another of Pete's pleasures, creating memories in different corners of the world that he cherished deeply.

Family was the cornerstone of Pete's life. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol Sarandos, who stood by his side in every chapter of their journey together. His legacy continues through his children, Lisa Kump, and Todd Sarandos, who will carry forward the lessons of integrity and compassion he instilled in them. Pete's joy was multiplied with the arrival of each grandchild: Haleigh Smith, Peter Kump, Phoebe Sarandos, Leo Sarandos, and Eliza Sarandos. His role as a grandfather was one he embraced with an open heart, and the bond he shared with each grandchild was unique and strong. The family circle expanded with the addition of Evan Smith, husband to Haleigh, and the birth of his great-grandson, Carter Smith, both of whom brought immense happiness to Pete's later years.

Pete's life was a tapestry woven with love, hard work, and an unwavering zest for life. His presence was a gift to those around him, and his absence will be felt deeply by many. Yet, the memories of his laughter, wisdom, and the love he gave so freely will continue to be a guiding light for his family and friends.

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "It is not length of life, but depth of life." Pete embodied this sentiment, leaving behind a legacy of a life lived with purpose, generosity, and an enduring love for those around him. He will be remembered not for the years in his life but for the life in his years.

As we bid farewell to Peter Theodore Sarandos, we celebrate a life well-lived and a man well-loved. His story does not end with his passing but continues in the lives of those he touched. Pete's indomitable spirit, his commitment to the well being of others, and his unwavering integrity will remain as guiding principles for all who had the privilege of knowing him.



A service will be held on March 22, 11 AM at Miller's Grant, 9000 Father's Legacy, Ellicott City. Reception held immediately after service. Parking in lot #7 to left of main entrance. Behind the main building 


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research


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Memorial Service
March 22, 2024

11:00 AM
Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant
9000 Father's Legacy
Ellicott City, MD 21042



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