George Demitropoulos of Calgary, Alberta passed away peacefully on October 7, 2021, after a long battle with dementia.
George was born in a small village in Greece in 1932 where he met and married his wife Zoy. They moved to Canada the following year. Despite having little money and not knowing English, after many decades of hard work they became the proud owners of Greco’s Pizza. It quickly became a favourite too many thanks to George's boisterous character and well-known sense of humour.
He knew so many people it was impossible to avoid meeting an acquaintance everywhere he went—even in other countries. As a massive Calgary Flames fan, he was honoured to host the team at the restaurant on many occasions and ecstatic in 1989 when they brought in the Stanley Cup to celebrate their win. He was also an avid musician, playing his guitar and singing in Greek bands as well as being involved as a chanter and chorister at St. Demetrios Church. His generosity and kind heart were known by all. His smile and laughter will never be forgotten.
The family would like to thank his caregivers (Helen, Chris, Owen, Howard, Melissa, John, and Michael), the Access Bus drivers, and the staff of Chinook Care Centre, Garrison Green, and unit 73 at the Rockyview Hospital for the care he received through the years. He will be greatly missed by Zoy and his daughter Sue along with his many relatives and friends.
A prayer service will be held at Evan J. Strong (5502-2 St SW) on Tuesday, October 12 at 5:30 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Demetrios Church (1 Tamarac Crescent S.W.) on Wednesday, October 13 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Thomas Sandberg presiding. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Followed by a luncheon at the Hellenic Hall at 1:30.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Access Calgary towards the purchase of a bus would be appreciated (email@example.com).
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