(CBC) Family and friends of popular Winnipeg restaurateur Peter Scouras are reeling after hearing about the sudden death of the 33-year-old while he was on vacation.
Scouras was in Costa Rica for a rugby tournament holiday with his team, the Wombats Rugby Club.
“He’s my best buddy and I’m going to miss him like crazy,” said his brother, Demitris Scouras.
Peter and a couple of other teammates went swimming Monday morning, and his brother said they became caught in a large undercurrent or riptide.
Demitris said a surfer came to rescue the men by putting them on his surfboard and taking Peter toward the beach, but right before getting to the shore, Peter went unconscious.
Paramedics unsuccessfully tried to revive his brother.
Peter Scouras ran the Red Top restaurant with his mother, Vicky, after his father, John Scouras, died unexpectedly while on vacation in Greece in 2007.
Longtime friend Bob Holliday said Peter sponsored numerous community events and organizations, such as the St.Vital Museum, where Holliday works.
“He was very community minded and that’s the best thing I can say about him,” Holliday said, adding Peter got his degree in commerce from the University of Manitoba but his first love was the Red Top.