George Costas Georgallis
November 6, 1932 – May 10, 2010
George Costas Georgallis died Monday night, May 10, 2010. He was born on November 6, 1932, in New York City, to Costas and Christina Georgallis. His parents emigrated from Cyprus and lived first in New York City and then in Norfolk, Virginia. George graduated with honors from Maury High School in Norfolk in 1950, and with honors from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1955. In 1955, he began a long engineering career with IBM. He married his beloved wife Katherine Papadakis Georgallis in 1958; she predeceased him in 1992.
George is survived by his son, Mark S. Georgallis and his wife, Cynthia, of Richmond, Virginia; his daughter, Stephanie Georgallis Proctor and her husband, Knox Proctor, of New Bern, North Carolina; three granddaughters, Martha Georgallis, Katherine Proctor, and Gray Proctor; his very special friend Joan O. Schmitt, of Raleigh, North Carolina; two brothers, Peter C. Georgallis of Herndon, Virginia, and John C. Georgallis of Grandy, North Carolina; and three nieces, Sharon Georgallis Moffit of Leesburg, Virginia, Angela Georgallis Smith of Herndon, Virginia, and Maria Papadakis of Mount Solon, Virginia.
In retirement, George particularly enjoyed the activities of, and the company of his many friends in, the Raleigh International Folk Dancers, and he doted on his three granddaughters.
A memorial service will be held at the Brown-Wynne Funeral Home on Saint Mary’s street in Raleigh on Friday, May 14, at 1:30 p.m. After the service, his family will receive friends at the Irregardless Café at 901 West Morgan Street in Raleigh.
Those wishing to do so should make memorials to the Katherine Papadakis Georgallis Memorial Scholarship Fund at Meredith College in Raleigh, or to the charity of their choice.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.brownwynne.com
Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, NC.
George Costas Georgallis
May 11, 2011
Something took me to this site tonight for the first time. After looking at all the wonderful memories of Uncle George, I realized the date...I miss you Uncle George! Love, Sharon
June 7, 2010
I appreciated the memorial service so much... the wonderful violin and piano music, the family's heartfelt and uplifting sharing, the message by Brown... it was all just really wonderful and spoke to me not only about George's fantastic qualities but also those of his family. And many many thanks for the stellar gathering at Irregardless which was THE perfect way to honor George and to bless his friends in the process! Kudos to all of the family for giving George such a wonderful "send off", and a day which will long be remembered by all of us. I join you in missing and remembering George.
May 18, 2010
To all the family of Mr. Georgallis I am deeply sorry for your loss. I have worked at whole foods market for the past 10 years and seen him every week and it was always a pleasure. He was always smiling and treated people here with respeact which does not happen a lot these days. He will be greatly missed here and i send my deepest sympathy to his family. God Bless
May 17, 2010
I did not know George well, but enjoyed his company and our discussions while walking at the Crabtree Mall. My deepest sympathies to his family.
Jennifer Horton McIntyre
May 15, 2010
Stephanie and Mark, We learned of George's passing while on vacation this week. I am so sorry to hear. He was such a sweet and gentile man. Another great neighbor on Kipawa; always ready to lend a helping hand. I'll never forget him helping me cut mom's grass with his new "green" lawnmower. I saw him in March at Dad's Memorial service. Our family is thinking of you.
May 14, 2010
My deepest sympathy to George’s family. I met George when we were both members in the Sierra Club in the 70’s. He loved hiking as much as I and we became hiking partners for a number of years. He loved being in the mountains and all of the beauty the outdoors had to offer. He was generous to a fault and on one occasion gave away his brownie to a fellow hiker who didn’t have desert. He was everything you could want in a friend: kind, generous, good hearted and had a great sense of humor to go with that smile of his. In short George made the world a much better place because he was in it. His friendship was a wonderful gift to me and I will miss him dearly.
Above all else he loved his family and he would talk about them in loving terms every time I visited him. His children, grandchildren and all of his extended family were always in his thoughts.
George was full of energy and was always in a good mood. He was the kind of person who could lift your spirits just being with him. I think we each have some of George’s spirit with us and we can take that forward where ever we go.
I will always remember the love, kindness and spirit of George Coastas Georgallis . Bless his family and friends in this difficult time.
May 14, 2010
I'm so shocked and saddened to hear of George's passing. I knew George through Int'l Folk Dancing in Raleigh. What a wonderful, kind and loving man. We will all miss him very very much. My sincerest thoughts are with his family at this time.
Linda Metz, a friend
May 13, 2010
Dear Stephanie, Mark, Joan and all the family,
I was so sad to learn of George's death. My history with the family goes back to Cathy's Merdith days. I wil be at Merdith with clasmates at the time of the service and so I will miss it, but I will be thinking about all of you.
I send love and sympathy!
May 12, 2010
My sincere sympathy to the family of George Georgallis. I will remember George as a man of good character and a friend to those of us who knew him. May God bless his soul and all of us to His service.
-Ernest G. Charles, Raleigh