Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Dr. Peter J. Gianas, 65

Wellsville, NY - Dr. Peter J. Gianas, 65, of Starke, Florida passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2021, following a brief illness. He was born in January 8, 1956 in Wellsville, NY the son of the late John and Annette (Cretekos) Gianas. He grew up in Wellsville and graduated as the Class of 1974's Valedictorian.

Peter attended Johns Hopkins University and continued on to George Washington University for medical school, graduating in 1982. Dr. Gianas moved to Starke, Florida where he started his private practice and began work at Shands Hospital in 1983. He so loved the community of Starke, he stayed and practiced medicine for the rest of his life there.

Dr. Gianas served as the Medical Director for Alachua County Fire Rescue, Bradford County EMS, Bradford County Fire Rescue, Clay County Fire Rescue, Union County EMS, Gilchrist County Fire Rescue, Starke Fire Rescue, Santa Fe Community College EMS Programs, Florida Gateway EMS Training Programs, AHEC Board of Directors, International Trauma Life Support Board of Directors, and as an Emergency Medicine Educator in many capacities.

Pete had a brilliant mind and a compassionate soul. He loved practicing medicine because he loved caring for people. He was a lifelong learner and a gifted teacher. Bradford County Emergency Medical Service was known and respected around the world for its cutting edge delivery of service to the community of Northern Florida.

Pete had a wonderful sense of humor and was a master story teller. He was a generous, loyal, loving man whose influence was felt on all who knew him. Dr. Pete will be truly missed.

Dr. Gianas is survived by sisters Sophia Gianas and Cynthia Schroeder; two nieces, Christina Schroeder and Courtney (Brett) Stevens; two nephews, Timothy (Alicia) Schroeder and Michael Gianas; great nieces Makenzie Wheeler and Eryn Laskarzewski and a great nephew, Alex Laskarzewski; Aunt Shirley and Uncle John Giopulos, and their family; and longtime friend, Lynn Fulmer.

Visitation for family and friends will be  Saturday, August 21, 2021 from noon to 2:00 pm at the Grace United Church, 289 N. Main Street, Wellsville, NY. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm in church with Rev. Carol Stewart presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memoral donations to The Friends of the David A. Howe Public Library, 155 North Main Street, Wellsville, New York 14895. to leave online condolences, please visit


  1. Good-bye, friend. You are missed by many; your absence leaves a hole that will never heal. Thankfully, the memories will never fade.

  2. Growing up in the Early St./Brooklyn Ave. neighborhood, we all knew Pete was destined for great things. But knowing him and having him as a friend was the greatest thing. Just such a kind and generous friend who will be sorely missed