GEORGE SARMOUSAKIS

George Sarmousakis, age 93, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather went home to be with the Lord on April 21st, 2018. He was surrounded by his loving family who endearingly remember him for how he lived his life, and the legacy he left behind.

Born January 10th, 1925, in Wilmington, DE, to John and Stamatia Sarmousakis, immigrants from Crete, Greece, George grew up alongside his two younger brothers.

He graduated from P.S. DuPont HS in 1943, honored for his athletic achievements, including football, track and gymnastics. George also wrestled and excelled in amateur boxing.

One day before his 18th birthday, he enlisted into the US Navy where he was a radioman in World War II, on the destroyer escort ships Haverfield DE393 and Edward H. Allen DE531. He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters, an expert in Morse code, aiding in cracking Axis communications to locate enemy warships.

George graduated from the University of Delaware in 1950 with a degree in Business and Finance. In the Naval Reserve, he was called to serve in the Korean Campaign on the Bayonne PF21, and the destroyer Floyd B. Parks DD884.

In 1952 he married the Greek girl next door, Anastacea Lebaris, the love of his life, and recently celebrated 65 years together. They were admired for their commitment to one another, unshakable faith in Christ, and service to others. George was also devoted to his three daughters, 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and numerous “adopted” family members.

George enjoyed working at Meadowood School for special needs students as a teacher whose innovative methods were published in a textbook. He enjoyed fishing, family camping trips, and running 6 miles every other day well into his 60’s. Telling humorous stories of his life and the war, kept his family entertained. George and Tessie attended the Holy Trinity Greek Festival faithfully, dancing in their 90’s.

George will be remembered as a man of integrity who was compassionate, encouraging, comedic, modest, brilliant, and who walked to the beat of his own drum. George’s smile, generous soul, curious spirit, and feistiness will never be forgotten.

His parents and brothers, Christos Sarmousakis, and Dr. Gregory Sarmousakis preceded him in death. He is survived by his cherished wife, Anastacea “Tessie” Sarmousakis; three loving daughters Connie (Nick) Gerassimakis, Matina (Paul) Starrett, and Maria (Keith) Harris; nine admiring grandchildren Rachel (Zach) Facaros, Niko Gerassimakis, Candace (Ryan) McNaughton, Audrey (John) Mraz, Thomas Starrett, Mike Hill Jr., Kristy (Sean) Devlin, Julie (Tom) Cotter, and Jake Harris; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation on Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6 - 8 p.m., McCrery & Harra Funeral Home-3924 Concord Pike, Wilm., DE, Trisagion prayers at 7 p.m. with Fr. Anastasios Bourantas.

Funeral services on Friday May 4, 2018, 11 a.m., Immanuel Episcopal Church Highlands- 2400 W. 17th Street, Wilmington., DE 19806, with Rev. Kim Capwell. Burial with Honor Guard will follow, 1 p.m., Delaware Veterans Mem Cemetery, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Sunday Breakfast Mission-https://www.sundaybreakfastmission.org or to Immanuel Episcopal Church Highlands.
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