Anthony Tountas, Jr., Warren, Ohio Obituary


WARREN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Anthony Tountas, Jr. of Warren passed away suddenly on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at 5:56 p.m. at Mercy Health – St. Joseph Warren Hospital. He was 51 years old.

Anthony was born in Youngstown on May 2, 1971, the son of Anthony Tountas Sr. and Valeria Tountas.

He graduated from Austintown Fitch High School. After high school, Anthony graduated from the Pittsburgh Culinary Institute.

He was an extremely talented chef, working in many restaurants in the area, but he was best known for being the executive chef of Buena Vista Café for over 20 years.

Anthony loved being a chef and used his talents to bring people together, whether he was throwing a party or just hanging out in his garage with friends. He loved to travel, learn new foods and techniques. He and his wife Gwen would take day trips to areas such as Pittsburgh and Cleveland to take advantage of their time to shop, add to his fine wine collection, and eat at different restaurants. He was known for his meticulous care for things like his yard, his driveway, his truck, or even his need for a haircut every week. This attention to detail made him the person everyone loved to be around. He was a caring and wonderful person to those who worked with him, always taking the time to teach and inspire them instead of criticize them. His greatest joy was his family, but especially his son whom he cherished and his wife whom he loved very much.

He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn Strock Tountas, whom he married on November 21, 2015; one son, Anthony Brandon Tountas of Youngstown; his mother, Valeria (Joe Pitzulo) Tountas of Poland; father, Anthony Tountas, Sr. of Youngstown; one sister, Denise Johnston of Boardman; stepfather, Dennis Strock; 3 brothers-in-law, Philip (Kelly) Strock, Ethan (Amber) Strock and Christopher Strock; and nephews, Logan Johnston, Todd Johnston, Benjamin Strock and little boy Strock who is on the way.

Anthony was predeceased by his sister, Maryann McGinn; and stepmother, Mary Janice Strock.

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Calling hours will be Sunday, July 31, 2022, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Wm Nicholas Funeral Home & Cremation Services 614 Warren Ave. Niles, OH 44446.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 1, 2022 at Saints Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church 180 Belvedere Ave NE, Warren, OH 44483.

Internment will take place in Southington Township.

Arrangements entrusted to Wm Nicholas Funeral Home & Cremation Services 614 Warren Ave. Niles, OH 44446.

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