Longtime Menlo Park grocer Pete Dias dies at 90; service Sunday


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A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 23, for Pete Dias, a resident of Menlo Park since 1941 who died May 17 after a brief battle with stomach cancer. He was 90.

The wake service will be held at St. Denis Church, 2250 Avy Ave. in Menlo Park. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 24, at St. Denis, with interment following at Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park.

Mr. Dias was born in Navamorcuende, Spain, and at age 15 came to California with two of his brothers to learn the grocery business.

The brothers worked at their uncle's grocery in Sunnyvale until 1941 when Pete and his brother, Tony, moved to Menlo Park to work at Menlo Fruit & Meat Market, at the corner of El Camino Real and Oak Grove Avenue.

In 1942 Mr. Dias was drafted into the U.S. Army Infantry and served until a knee injury occurred a year later.

He returned to Menlo Fruit & Meat, where he worked until the business was sold in 1955. He then worked at Menlo Food Center for 10 years, finally retiring from Midtown Market in Los Altos in 1981. He also owned a prune orchard in the 1960s.

Mr. Dias was a member of the Retail Clerks Union. He never married, but provided a home for his parents and sister after bringing them from Spain in 1947. He is survived by his sister, Pauline Diaz of Menlo Park, and brothers Mariano Dias and Ben Dias of Gilroy.

Memorials in his name may be made to Pathways Hospice Foundation, 585 N. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085.

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