George F. Akel Jr.
1935 - 2019
J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home
141 Main St.
Binghamton, NY
George F. Akel, Jr.

Binghamton - George Akel, Jr. passed away peacefully on May 22, 2019 at home in the comfort of his college sweetheart and wife of 52 years, Sara (Sally). Born on January 29, 1935 to George and Georgette Akel in Binghamton, NY, he died at the age of 84 after a valiant, 2-year fight with cancer.

From a very young age, George was devoted to his family business, Binghamton Giant Markets, which was established in 1933 by his father George and Uncle Metrie. An academic natural, George graduated salutatorian from both Binghamton Central High School and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. After completing his studies, George returned home to work with his brothers, Ferris and Ronnie. The "Three Musketeers," as their father lovingly called them, worked together to grow their family's grocery business and diversify into real estate.

George had been an active member of the community throughout his adult life, always striving to improve the well-being of his beloved hometown. He served on the boards of many outstanding organizations, including SUNY-Broome Community College, McFarland Johnson, NYSERDA, Regional Advisory Board of Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Regional Advisory Board of M&T Bank, Willow Run Foods, Tri-Cities Opera, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Foundation, ACHIEVE Foundation and the Broome County IDA. He also wholeheartedly supported many local charities such as CHOW (BCCC) and the Broome County Humane Society.

While his strong work ethic and diplomatic style will be remembered by the business community, George's family and friends will think back on him as a kind, modest and principled man. George was a consummate gentleman, a loyal friend and a grandfather like no other. He reveled in the joy of his grandchildren's lives and his legacy will live on through them.

Outside of his work, George made the most of life. He skied in Lech with friends and traveled to France and Beirut to see family. He loved opera and was fortunate to have seen his favorite masterpieces in different venues. Despite his adventures "abroad," his heart was always in his hometown, whether enjoying the company of his many friends, golfing, playing bridge, or tending to his cat, Bissey.

Over the past couple of months, George received outstanding care from several doctors, nurses and care providers, several of whom were his friends and many who became his friends. He had a wonderful life and we thank all who helped and supported him during this time. Especially dear to him were his close friends from whom he found love, support and laughter, including his many friends at Trinity Church.

George was predeceased by his grandmother Delia, his parents George and Georgette, his brother Ferris, Uncle Metrie, Aunt Renee, Aunt Yvette and cousin Lillian.

George is survived by his wife Sara, his three children Andrea (Ib), George (Laura), and Jeffrey (Erin), his six grandchildren Sadie, Owen, Callie, Zane, Zach, and Alexander, his brother Ronald (Beth), his sister-in-law Louise, his Uncle Antoine (Janine), his first cousins Yvette, Madeline, and Renee, as well as, his nieces and nephews Stephanie (Jeff), Nicole (Paul), Ferris, Martine (John), Philip (Bridget), Donald and Kara (John) and many, many other cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, May 28th at Trinity Memorial Church, 44 Main Street, Binghamton. Rev. Glenn Mahaffey will officiate. A private family burial will be in Floral Park Cemetery, Johnson City. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Broome Community College Foundation, Chow Program (Broome County Council of Churches), Broome County Humane Society, and Trinity Memorial Church.

Published by Press & Sun-Bulletin from May 26 to May 27, 2019.
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So sorry to hear of George Akel's passing. Some of us have been where Sally and her family are right now. It is a sad spot that never really goes away. My thoughts are with you and I share your sorrow. Doris Lawton.
July 25, 2019
I grew up knowing the Akel families through the Giant, my parents and brothers aunt aunt and uncle worked at the Giant. They are a great family and George will be missed, he was a dear man. He came to both my parents funerals and that meant a lot to me and my family. My deepest sympathies to Andrea and her family. I never met her but talked to her several times on the phone. She is a dear person just as her father was. The Akel legacy will live on forever through his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. My prayers are with you all.
Lisa Reppard
June 3, 2019

I believe that George today might say to all of us: Surrender the fight, the struggle, the demand for things making sense...
Find that pure, devotional space in your heart, the place of your original innocence, that knows exactly how to surrender and trust the current your life AND ministry/leadership is taking. CHANGE IS ALWAYS FOR EVOLUTION. Change is always in support of greater stability. I was blessed to be in town for the service and celebration of his life.
I want to thank the Akel Family for their generosity and work in planning the church service, gathering and meal afterward and to thank the staff there. I truly respected and loved George for his deep deep caring of others.
Nahme Abess
May 31, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Barbara & Gary Kraus
May 30, 2019
Sally and the Akel family,
Joe and I were saddened to hear of George's passing. George was such a pillar of the community and has left such a great legacy which is evident in his obituary. We pray that you will find peace in your lasting memories of life with him. Prayers are with you all. RIP George.
Carole & Joe Gross
May 30, 2019
The world has lost a wonderful human being; George will be missed by many and forever in our memories. Thoughts and prayers to his entire family. Sincerely,
Dawn Marie Walker, North Carolina
May 29, 2019
To the Akel family, I am so sorry to hear about George's passing. He left his mark in many young teens by instilling a great work ethic that I still carry to this day. He was admired and respected by many. Prayers and condolences to the family.
Franco & Laura DiRosa
May 28, 2019
Dear Sally and family, Bill and I were saddened when we learned of George's passing. We, like so many others, will remember his kindness and fairness to us in business as well as his friendship in later years. He was a true gentleman whose kindness and honesty was reflected in everything he did. Binghamton, NY is a better place for having had him live, work and play in it. He will be missed. May God grant him Memory Eternal and to you and your family peace in the coming months as you go forward. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Bill and Linda Brock
May 28, 2019
We were sorry to hear of his passing. Like many in community we both started your employment by working for Giant Markets. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.Dan and Christa Perry
May 28, 2019
Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
sheri weidman-felter
May 28, 2019
Our family would like you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers..We have many fond George and the Giant! Especially the fun times at the Giant Market Picnic! The Felton and Skinner Families.
Susan Skinner
May 28, 2019
I Remember mr. George akel...and the Giant grocery mother joan Donovan got hired by him back in the also Hired my brother mike Donovan....good was a kind person...he will be missed
Sharon Donovan
May 27, 2019
Sally and Family;
We were sorry to hear of George's passing. I sat on the Board of Lourdes Hospital Foundation for 15 years and was struck by his devotion not only to the Hospital , but the Community in general. Broome County lost one of its best, a true gentleman.He and your Family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mark and Carol McDonough
May 27, 2019
I was so sorry to hear of George's passing. He was a dear man and a good friend. We had many memorable times together. My thoughts are with you all at this time. Fondly, Gloria Botnick
Gloria Botnick
May 27, 2019
Sally and Family

So sorry to hear about George's passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. He was a fine person to know. I enjoyed tending bar at his home.
Joe & Louise Stillittano
May 27, 2019
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless!
Meghan Giblin
May 27, 2019
a loved one
May 26, 2019
Mrs Akel,So sorry to hear of George's passing.He was always a pleasure to talk to and my brothers thought the world of him.Our deepest condolences from the entire Conaty family
Jack Conaty
May 26, 2019
Jack Conaty
May 26, 2019
Our Condolences to the Akel Family. George was a true gentleman and a good friend to the community. He will be greatly missed. The Enfield Family
May 26, 2019
Sally / Family
Great Men do Great Things , George was a Great Man . We will always remember sharing a joke or two at Kannibal etc . He is now with the LORD shopping for the feast . May you find a bit of serenity
Fred / Debbie Russell
May 26, 2019
My condolences to your family. I didn't know Mr Akel personally but was always greeted by him and other family members while shopping in your stores.A incredible legacy of kindness and caring for the Triple Cities.It was obvious his sincerity was from the heart.
Former Binghamton Resident
May 25, 2019
I am saddened by the loss of such a grand and caring friend. He loved his family and his community and revered and served them both every day of his life. George was in my graduating class at Central, June '53. He was the smartest guy in our class. We connected again in 2010 when he served on my committee to promote the book I wrote about growing up in Binghamton during WW II. He was a magnificent human being, the likes our hometown will never see again. What a treasure...what a loss.

Our Love to his wife and children and prayers to the Akel Family.

Ron Capalaces
Ron Capalaces
May 25, 2019
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