CONDOS George Condos, 53, of Powell, died December 29, 2006, at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital of lung cancer. Born a U.S. citizen abroad in Lamia, Greece, on April 21, 1953, he was the son of the late Olga and Louis Kotopoulos who changed the family name to Condos when they moved to the U.S. At the age of 16, he fulfilled a childhood dream to come to the United States to study, graduating from Princeton High School in Cincinnati. Following in his father's footsteps, who first arrived from Greece in 1932 as a restaurateur, George created and opened his own restaurant, the Athenian, while a student at the University of Cincinnati. After selling the business in 1977, he took what he thought would be a temporary job as a manager trainee at a Wendy's in Middletown, Ohio. Within a few short years, he was an officer at Wendy's International where he worked for 28 years before his retirement in 2005. At Wendy's he held a variety of executive positions, including senior vice president of the southwest region, executive vice president of franchise and development and, most recently, executive vice president of operations for Wendy's North America. He is credited with developing Wendy's Super Value Menu, and was the first corporate employee inducted into Wendy's Hall of Fame in 1990. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by nieces Kiki Kapranos Tselos and Mary Kapranos and brother-in-law Kostas Panetsos. Survived by wife, Elizabeth; son, Alex of Dublin; mother- and father-in-law, Beverly and William Bryan of Upper Arlington; sisters, Olympia (Dinos) Kapranos of Lamia, Greece, Athena Kritseli (George) of Athens, Greece, and Niki Panetsos of Lamia; twin brother, Nick (Vasiliki) of Lamia; nieces, Anthoula (Vaios) Kallos of Athens, Maria Panetsos of Lamia and Olga Kotopoulos of Lamia; nephews, Dimitri Kritseli of Athens and Elias Kotopoulos of Lamia; great-nephew, Alexis Kallos of Athens. At George's request, a private funeral will be held in Burkhart Chapel at First Community Church with Dr. Richard Wing and Rev. James Long officiating. A memorial will be held in Lamia, Greece. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. Arrangements by SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Rd. Contributions in George's memory may be made to the George Condos Memorial Fund at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Center, James Development Office, P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, Ohio 43218 or to First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43212.
Published by The Columbus Dispatch from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2007.