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George S. Demas

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George S. Demas

Memphis, TN

George S. Demas, a resident of the Northfield (Minnesota) Retirement Center, died at home on June 9, 2017 at age 94. George was a modest, fun-loving man who embraced life with good humor, insatiable curiosity and unfailing good will. Born in Memphis Tennessee April 2, 1923, he was part of a large extended family and family life was always the center of George's life.

Growing up in Memphis, he joined the U.S. Army in June 1942 and served until October 1945. He earned a Purple Heart serving in combat in New Guinea, the Admiralty Islands and the Philippines. After the war, he returned to Memphis to work in his father's restaurant, the Physicians and Surgeons Grill at the Baptist hospital, and studied at Southwestern College, now Rhodes College.

On a post-war trip to Massachusetts to visit his sister, George met Victoria Chiungos, who became his wife in 1947. It was love at first sight and he always said their remarkable love for each other made him "the luckiest man in the world."

George and Victoria moved all over the U.S.A., making friends and enjoying life in Tennessee, Illinois, Utah, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and most recently Minnesota. George worked in food-related businesses, including dairy operations, restaurants, and wholesale fruit and vegetable distribution. After 25 years of retirement back in Memphis (1986 – 2013), where they enjoyed their family and friends, they moved to Minnesota in 2013 to be near their son Sam.

George was always a southern gentleman, a loving, kind and considerate person with an infectious smile and welcoming presence. He loved making mobiles and sculpture and was very creative. Always with a twinkle in his eye and a chuckle in his voice, he made people feel good.

George is survived by his wife Victoria, sons Sam (Laurel) and Damon (Elaine) Demas, daughter Martha Demas, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

George was pre-deceased by his parents Samuel Naoum Demas and Martha Ritsos Demas, and his siblings Julia and Nicholas Demas. He is survived by his beloved sister, Katherine Futris, and dearly loved nieces, nephews, cousins and their families in Memphis: Cary Chiungos, Mary Katherine Futris-Taras (Dimitri), Pete Futris (Jan), and James and Sam Taras (Sheley), and Dorothy Zoe Huston.

The family will hold a memorial gathering in Memphis, TN in autumn. In lieu of flowers and cards, consider a donation to Hospice, an organization George greatly admired.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 23, 2017
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