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George D. Gazulis On November 20th, George Gazulis passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of eighty-five. He was an optimist in everything he did and was the embodiment of the American Dream. George's parents, Demonsthenes and Stravroula Gazulis, emigrated from Greece early in the 20th century. Though he grew up in the San Francisco Greek immigrant community, it was important to him to be "an American," and to live an American life. He grew up in San Francisco, in the Haight Ashbury and Hayes Valley. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1946, and received his Bachelor and Master's degrees from San Francisco State. George served in the U.S. Navy. With a twinkle in his eye, he always told people that he served in "The Islands," though in his case the islands were Treasure, Yerba Buena, Mare and Alameda! In 1959, George and his wife Christina, also of Greek heritage, continued to live the American Dream as they moved from the City to Lucas Valley, a brand new Marin County subdivision designed by Joseph Eichler. George began his career in the insurance industry and later created and managed his own company for many years, before selling the company to a subsidiary of Dun and Bradstreet. Bitten by the sailing bug, George enjoyed racing sailboats on San Francisco Bay, cruising the northern California Delta waters on his Cal 34, and blue water sailing down the Pacific Coast and deep into Mexico. He became an active member of The San Francisco Yacht Club, where he served on various committees, as a board member, and ultimately as Commodore in 1982. He was proud to have been a driving force in opening SFYC membership to women. He was extremely proud to have been a founder of the Belvedere Cove Foundation and later president and board member. He believed in its message and its mission -providing support to young sailors to pursue their dreams. George was a terrific father and took great pleasure in making the transition from father to "Papou", and later, from grandfather to great-grandfather. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word or greeting for others. He believed you should get a job, work hard, and learn leadership skills. He believed in helping strangers who were down on their luck. He always said that talk was cheap, that actions and responsibility were what mattered. He believed that you should love your country and be a good citizen, even if you were disappointed in its politicians. George grabbed the American opportunity. He went to college. He married a terrific woman. He served his country. He built a business that was extremely successful and provided employment to a large number of people. He raised a family. He was involved in the community. He gave back to people and institutions. He died in his sleep. Not a bad story. George was an optimist in every sense of the word. He couldn't wait for tomorrow, because it was always going to a great day. There was no better time to live than right now. There was no better place to be than California. There was no better country to love than America. In short, he lived the American Dream. George is survived by his son, Theodore Gazulis and daughter-in-law Christine, both of Tiburon; grandson Nicholas Gazulis and wife Maren of Herndon, Virginia and two great grandchildren Julia and Jonathan; grandson Matthew Gazulis of San Francisco and fianc‚e Victoria Zahn. Friends and family will celebrate George's life on Tuesday, December 3rd from 4:00 to 6:00 at The San Francisco Yacht Club, 98 Beach Road, Belvedere, CA. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the George Gazulis Fund at the Belvedere Cove Foundation, PO Box 786, Belvedere, CA 94920 or to the San Francisco Yacht Club Employee Scholarship Fund, c/o 10,000 Degrees, 781 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 110, San Rafael, CA 94901.
Published in Marin Independent Journal from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 2013
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