HYANNIS — John G. George died Wednesday, April 28, 2010. He was born in Boston on Sept. 17, 1928, the only child of George and Evangeline George and grew up in Mission Hill in Roxbury, Mass. Following his graduation from Boston English High School, he made what he often said was "one of the best decisions of his life" by joining the United States Army. He served as an MP stationed in Japan and upon his return, attended Boston University. He worked for the The Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Division of Employment Security in Boston until his retirement.
He married his wife, Helen J. (Panesis), in 1956 and they settled in Needham, Mass., where they were members of St. Demetrios' Greek Orthodox Church in Weston. They enjoyed travels in the US, Europe and the Caribbean. Many of their weekends were spent on the Cape enjoying the beaches, friends and family get-togethers.
When John retired, he and Helen moved to Centerville and their beach days continued with their longtime Craigville Beach group of friends. John loved books and was an avid reader his entire life. He enjoyed Cape Cod golf and, in more recent years, playing cards with his men's poker group.
John was a fine son, a devoted husband, a good cousin and friend, a kind brother-in-law, uncle and godfather. He will be greatly missed by the extended Panesis family and always be remembered on holidays, having led the traditional singing and reciting of the Greek Orthodox prayers for the past 30 years.
Although recent years brought him poor health, his appreciation, concern and interest in others never wavered to the end. He shared in his last days that what he had wanted most in life was to be a good person.
In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by nieces, Dianna Panesis and partner, Charlie Zahigian, Nancy and husband, Tom Benton, Georgia and husband, Willie Catino and Robie Panesis, great-nieces, Nicole Sulea, Julie Kliche, Korin Luikart & Jamie Catino, great-nephews, Erik Benton, Tom Benton & Adam Catino, a great-great nephew, Tommy Benton and a great-great niece, Bailey Benton, several cousins and their families.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, May 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. at John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Marstons Mills. A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 3, at 11 a.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1130 Falmouth Road, Centerville.
The family wishes to thank the Cape Cod Hospital's staff for the compassionate care John received.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to cancer charities or the charity of your choice.
Published in the Cape Cod Times on 5/1/2010
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