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George Psillas

George Psillas

Thursday, November 17th, 1921 - Saturday, September 21st, 2019
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George Psillas, 97, of East Berlin, CT passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family Saturday, September 21, 2019. George was born in Chios, Greece on November 17, 1921 one of seven children born to Athanasios and Helen (Markopoulos) Psillas. He served his country in the Air Force during World War II and was stationed in Alexandria, Egypt. After the war, he immigrated to the United States too marry the love of his life, Chryso (Stavrinou) Psillas. They spent sixty-seven happy years together. George began his career in the U.S. as a carpenter after graduating from the Chicago School of Capentry. He shifted his career to the restaurant business but maintained his skills and love for carpentry throughout his life. George owned and operated the Center Coffee Shop in New Britain and then opened the Route 72 Diner in East Berlin, CT in 1966 and retired from business in 1983. He built the Rt. 72 Plaza in East Berlin and also extended and built the cul de sac on Ice Pond Lane, East Berlin. George and Chryso then spent seventeen Winters in their condo in Hallandale, Florida before returning to CT to live out their retirement closer to family. He served the Greek Orthodox Community as a member of the Parish Council and also oversaw the construction of the St. George Community Center in New Britain.
In addition to his beloved wife Chryso, he is survived by their four children, Thomas G. Psillas of Marietta, GA, Nicholas G. Psillas of East Berlin, CT, his youngest son James and his wife Mari-Beth of Tolland, MA And their children James Psillas and his wife Jennyfer and their daughter Audrey Victoria of Stockbridge, MA, Alexander Psillas of Sandisfield, MA, Karin Abalan and her son Ryder of Winsted, CT, Kaleb Abalan also of Winsted , CT, his daughter Helen (Psillas) Christodlous and her husband Sam and their three children, Chrystina Eleni Christodlous, Demis Eleni Christodlous and James George Christodlous also of East Berlin, CT. George is also survived by many family members in Greece, South Africa, Austrailia, Cyprus and here in the United States notably his closest niece Evanthia Tsakopoulos and her husband Apostolos and their children Constantine and Paul. A special thanks to the wonderful staff at Apple Rehab, Cromwell for their outstanding care.
Funeral Rites for George will be held Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 301 West Main St., New Britain, CT. Committal Service and final resting place will be in Wilcox Cemetery, 273 Berlin St., East Berlin, CT. Relatives and friends may call at the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and at St. George Greek Orthodox Church Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Directions to funeral home – I-84 east or west, exit 37 (Fienemann Rd) right off exit – one mile down on right. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in George’s name may be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 301 West Main St., New Britain, CT. To extend condolences to the Psillas family or to share a memory of George, please visit SHAKERFUNERALHOME.COM
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home
    764 Farmington Avenue
    NEW BRITAIN, CT 06053
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  • Service

    Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 10:00am
    St. George Greek Orthodox Church
    301 West Main St.
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    Rev. Constantine Makrinos
  • Interment

    Wilcox Cemetery
    273 Berlin St.
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  • Reception

    Red Fox Restaurant
    218 Smith St
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Donna (Cote) Karpenko

Posted at 01:30pm
Chryso & Family,

My deepest condolences to all of you over the loss of you Husband, Father and loved one.

"I can only imagine" the reunion between my Mother (Esther Cote) and a waitress for The Center Coffee Shop & Route 72 Diner for 23+ years will be like. What a moment that will be. I can remember how excited I would be when my Mom would tell me we were going to your home for your annual Christmas parties. I couldn't wait to eat the Grape Leaves and Baklava.

You and your entire family have been an inspiration to all of us. I have many, many, good memories of those days. Rest in Peace George and for the rest of the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.

Mari-Beth Psillas

Posted at 12:24pm
Nick and Helen...your beautiful words speak of a life well lived ! Although I met your dad when he was already in his 80's, he until just the last few years,carried himself with such a dignified bearing, one couldn't fail to have the utmost respect for him. His love for your mother was evident in everything he said or did. My life and those of my children and grandchildren were greatly enriched by his presence in our lives. I am honored to be his daughter-in-law. Mari-Beth Psillas

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