Velimir Petrov

Velimir Petr20150919_133242-1ov, age 46, after a year long battle with cancer, passed away peacefully at his Seabrook home on Saturday, October 3, 2015. He was born on December 21, 1968 in Ruse, Bulgaria, to Velimir and Milena (Rabcheb) Petrov. Ruse is on the Danube River and in his youth, Vili and his friends would swim a mile or so across the Danube to visit Romania for a day of relaxation and fun. After graduating from high school, he served three years in the military, driving large trucks and preparing for the Olympics. Communist politics kept him from rowing for Bulgaria in the 1988 Olympics. In 1990, when Vili was 21, he came to the States and became a true American success story. He learned English in three months and made a living as a painter, roofer, bartender and tow truck driver. He then discovered he had a knack for finding car deals and started what turned out to be a successful business refurbishing cars. Just as in business, in his personal life, Vili was outgoing, but never shy with his words. You always knew what he thought. He could be very convincing as well and even talked the family dentist into running the piñata filled with sugary candy at his son’s birthday party. Vili was extremely strong and enjoyed weight lifting, sparing, karate (black belt) and rowing. He had a rare combination of strength and stamina and in a single skull, he could beat a 4 person and sometimes a 8 person rowing team. He also had great hand eye coordination and could beat almost anyone at ping-pong with his trick serves and spin moves. He remained involved with the kids schooling and activities and taught George to drive before being bedridden. He is survived by his son, George; daughter, Tita; Mother, Milena; Sister, Luba; a niece, nephew, and cousins. Family, friends, and others whose lives Vili touched are invited to the Crowder Funeral Home, 1645 East Main Street, League City, from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday October 10, 2015 to reminisce and celebrate Vili’s life. In lieu of flowers, please consider the needs of the family.


  1. I will always remember you Vili and miss you with all my heart. You were not just a brother in law but a brother I never had. I could always count on you.

    George Daher
  2. Vili, You were loved and gave so much love. You will be missed. We will take good care of Chita and Little George. You are now free pain suffering and flying with the angels in heaven. Love you miss you, Liz Daher

    Liz Daher
  3. So hard to say good bye to such a sweet dear friend of so many years. I will miss your sweet sincere hugs, your laughter, your smile, your funny jokes and our running joke about me visiting you. Heaven has gained a wonderful new angel, rest in peace now Veli.

    Darlene Phillips
  4. My heartfelt sympathy to the Petrov family. The loss of a loved one is such a devastating time. A scripture that has been of comfort to me is Isaiah 41:10 where it says that God will “fortify” us and “hold on to you with his right hand.” May the God of all comfort be with you in the days ahead as you cope with your loss. (2 Corinthians 1:2-4)

  5. Our prayers from the Copart family go out to the Petrov family.

    Jesse Perez
  6. Knew Vili for a short time but he was so generous and kind. He ran a good race and I am sure God has welcomed him home.


    Patsy Albright

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