George N. DiJulio Sr.

George N. DiJulio, Sr.

George N. DiJulio, Sr. was born on March 24, 1919 and died on February 13, at the age of 93. George was the youngest of 9 children born to John R. and Angelina DiJulio. He attended Mount Virgin grade school, graduated from Franklin High School and attended the University of Washington. Prior to an extended career as a restaurant owner, George worked in the family moving business and later became the first manager of the Longacres Turf Club. Late in the 1950's George partnered to own one of Seattle's first fast food restaurant chains, serving 19 cent hamburgers in various Seattle and Bellevue locations. Later he partnered to own The Plaid Piper, Casa Villa, and Hungry Turtle restaurants in Seattle and the Turtle Too restaurant in Auburn. During the Seattle World's Fair, George was the general manager of the Hawaiian Pavilion exhibit. George was a long-time member of the Seattle Italian Club, Sahalee Country Club, St. Monica's Parish on Mercer Island and he was also a founding member of the Seattle Jesuit Club. George played Santa Claus for the Seattle Seafair Pirates during hospital visits and special events. George is survived by his wife of almost 65 years, Mary Beth Wilson DiJulio and their seven children: George, Jr., Chris (Robin), Betsy Biehn (Dave), Pat (Mary), Doug (Regina), Lisa Given (Bryce) and Matthew (Julie). Additionally, there are 24 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Monica's Parish on Mercer, Island at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 25 with a reception following in the Parish Hall. A Private Family Internment will be on Tues. morning at Calvary Cemetery in Seattle. In lieu of flowers, remembrances should be made to Our Lady of Mt. Virgin Catholic Church, St. Monica's Catholic Church, or the .

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Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2013