George Savvas Marinos
1923 - 2020
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George Savvas Marinos September 22, 1923 - July 20, 2020 San Diego George Savvas Marinos age, 96, passed away peacefully of natural causes, Monday, July 20, 2020. Born September 22, 1923; the oldest of four children. A native San Diegan and First Generation Greek, he attended San Diego High School. Lettering in track and field and cross country. He entered San Diego State College following high school then transferred to the University of Southern California. Upon graduating from USC, he was employed as a produce buyer for East West Produce Company, Los Angeles; a division of Safeway Stores. It was at that time he met Mary Patakes; an Executive Secretary for Bank of America main office in downtown Los Angeles. They were married in 1954 and had two children, son, Savvas and daughter, Eleni. In 1960, George was admitted to the University of San Diego-School of Law. There, he was elected President of the Law School Student Bar. He practiced law in San Diego until his retirement in 1991. In 1966, he was elected President of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church on Park Blvd and served a two year term from 1965-1967 and later re-elected in 1978. An ardent supporter of the Greek Church and extremely proud of his Greek heritage, he was co-founder of the Hellenic Cultural Society of San Diego. It was conceived in 1966 and became a chartered California non-profit Corporation in 1974. He was the Society's first president; holding office until 1990. George joined Lions International in 1975 as a member in La Mesa; served as president from 1990-1991. He also served on the San Diego County Grand Jury from 1993-1994. He was a fan of college and professional sports; particularly track and field and football. He was an original season ticket holder of the San Diego Chargers whey they played in Balboa Stadium and later in Mission Valley. He was very well versed in Greek Classics and thoroughly enjoyed reading and studying Hellenic and Ancient Greek History. Throughout his life, he was very active in the Greek church and Greek community of San Diego. He will be remembered as a kind and generous man with an engaging personality and unforgettable sense of humor. Survived by his son, Savvas (Mindy); daughter, Eleni (Jess) Rodriguez; four grandchildren, Alexander "Zander" Rodriguez, George "Geo", Mia & Nikolas "Niko"; younger brother, James S.; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions services are private.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Aug. 2, 2020.
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August 7, 2020
George was an energetic and cheerful figure, always full of spirit and enthusiasm. He was always loyal and dedicated to all of the groups & organizations of which he was a member, and so dearly loved all the friends and associates in the community. We will miss all the activities and events of which he was a major part, particularly the Hellenic Cultural Society and functions at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church. May his memory truly be eternal!
Chris & Lisa Kotitsa
August 3, 2020
Condolences to Savvas-Mindy and family. He was a great role model. 2 Corinthians 5:8
Scott and Pam Linton
August 2, 2020
Dottie Bechtelheimer
August 2, 2020
Sad news about a fine man whom I’ve known almost half a century and with whom I was proud to share the first Hellenic Cultural Society Alexander the Great Award. I always enjoyed seeing George and Mary at The Friends of Classics meetings and the Gail Burnett Lectures. Such wonderful, congenial enthusiasm! My condolences—ta syllypitíriá mou—to their family and close friends.
E. Nicholas Genovese
August 2, 2020
Daniel Goldzband
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