George Gerasimos Mastora
September 20, 1926 – May 27, 2019
George Mastora passed away peacefully in his home on Memorial Day at 92 years of age. He was a longtime resident of San Jose as he watched it develop over the years. George was an enthusiastic elder of his beloved family and consummate steward of Greek tradition.
George’s father, Gerasimos Mastora and mother Zaharenia, immigrated to the United States from Paxos, Greece. San Jose is where they started raising their children, George, his brother Peter and sister Aretie. They are all predeceased him. In 1932, the family went back to Greece, where the children attended grammar and high school before returning to San Jose in 1945. During that time, the family endured the Nazi occupation of the small island of Paxos but came through the experience relatively well. The time he spent on Paxos kindled a lifelong joy for the ocean and the coast in George. He cultivated a green thumb and was able to grow with great success all the fresh fruits and vegetables that he loved. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.
George was a highly skilled cabinet maker who enjoyed and respected craftsmanship, as did his brother and father. He was a loyal member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America - Local 2236 for 70 years. George retired at 55 years old and pursued real estate and financial investing for fun and income while remaining true to Local 2236.
George also served a short tour of duty for his country as a surveyor in the United States Army.
He is survived by his Sister-in-law Athena Mastora, Nephew Jerry Mastora & Fely dela Concepcion, Niece Stephanie Mastora Morris, Grand Nephews Peter & Melissa Mastora, Nicholas & Tia Mastora, Jeremey Morris and Grand Niece Allyson and Eric Jones. Great Grand Nieces Malia, Makena, Malani & Kobe Mastora, Calla &, Carly Morris, Oliver and Sebastian Jones and Nephews George & Nicholas Argyros.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer that donations be made in George’s memory to Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.
- St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
- Visitation Thursday, June 6, 2019
- Trisagion Thursday, June 6, 2019
- Funeral Friday, June 7, 2019
- Graveside Service Friday, June 7, 2019