YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes)– George was a long-lasting resident of Youngstown who passed away at his house on Monday, June 1 with his precious other half, Helen, by his side.
He went to Rayen High School and Youngstown State University.
After high school graduation, he was stationed in Germany as a headquarters commander for the U.S. Army 45th Infantry Department during the Korean War. He received a respectable discharge and was proud of his service to his country and fellow man.
He supported his household as an insurance agent and retired from a long career at Western and Southern Life Insurance.
The servant mindset that George showed appeared. He held various positions at the church, school and community organizations. His management would cover over years and never once would George decline obligations or volunteering.
George was a creator of the Eastern Orthodox Men’s Society and this venture would create the structure of his long-lasting enthusiasm for broadening, uniting and keeping alive Orthodoxy in the Mahoning Valley. For his dedication, he was given the honor of ending up being the Orthodox Man of the Year in 1970. He most recently was functioning as the President of the Eastern Orthodox Guys’s Society and a Board Member of the Workers of St. Basil.
As an avid sports fan, George depended on date on every sports event: professional, college and high school. It would have been normal to phone George and discuss the most current sporting occasion taking place. He would understand exactly how the Buckeyes were doing, what expert team was playing well and how any of his grandchildren’s football teams were positioned. He was an honorary member of the Cleveland Indians, so bestowed by his family given that he charted statistics on every video game of every season for over 80 years. When he stated “we have a game tonight”, it usually indicated that the Indians were playing and he would end up being the Indians statistician.
George was a seasoned bowler and took part in leagues and tournaments covering 70 years. His masterpiece was participating in the National Seniors Championship in Mobile, Alabama after protecting the 1st place as a State winner in his age division.
As a skilled people individual, George brought a smile to everybody that he came in contact with. His amusing humor carried with him in whatever and everyone that he satisfied. He loved seeing an excellent western, Gunga Din, an old motion picture or laughing along to the Andy Griffith Show, a Peter Sellers film or MASH.
The commitment to be a faithful member of the church was bied far to him by his moms and dads and he did his best to raise his family in those exact same principles.
Besides his moms and dads he was preceded in death by his siblings, Michael, William and Spero and sis, Helen, Bess, Stella, Virginia and Julia.
He leaves his remaining brother or sisters, Harry, Peter, Chris, Barbara and Doris; 5 married children and 15 grandchildren. He also leaves a many amount of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
His joy and love for his household was huge and a quality that will be brought down for generations. It would not be surprising to see George holding a baby, dealing with the youth of the St. Nicholas church, participating in a child/grandchild’s school event or babysitting when called. George enjoyed his household and would do anything to be able to see his children or grandchildren.
Prayers for the family are appreciated.
Contributions are being accepted on his behalf to the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 220 N. Walnut Street, Youngstown, OH 44503 or the Workers of St. Basil, a group dedicated to supporting the Orthodox clingy in the Mahoning Valley at Workers of St. Basil, PO Box 295, Youngstown, OH 44501.
A private funeral was held for George, son of Nicholas and Arestea Mays.