NEW YORK – Greek-American attorney George Capetanakis slipped and was injured after falling on an icy sidewalk in Brooklyn in the wake of winter storm Elektra earlier this month.
The 49 year-old father of four was taken to Lutheran Medical Center where he was examined and received treatment for a fractured leg.
After being released by the Brooklyn hospital, he underwent further examination and treatment at NYU Medical Center in Manhattan, which has an excellent trauma center.
On Christmas Eve he was discharged and returned home to his waiting wife, Aspasia and his four children, James, 12 years old, 11 year old twins Niove and Eleftheria, and nine years old Gregory. He was greeted there by his parents Dimitrios and Niove Capetanakis and his in-laws Gregory and Eleftheria Tzaras and other relatives .
On Thursday morning , December 26, George felt discomfort and fainted according to his father and his uncle Basil.
They called for an ambulance, and George was taken to Lutheran Medical Center, where about three hours later he breathed his last.
Asked about the cause of death Vassilios Capetanakis said it remains unknown and that they await the findings of the medical examiner.
Capetanakis is survived by his wife Aspasia, his children James, Eleftheria, Niove and Gregory, his parents Dimitrios and Niove Capetanakis, his in-laws with Gregory and Eleftheria Tzaras, his grandmother Mary Dimitriadis, and his siblings Helen and Nick Venizelos, Dina and Rich Angle and Evangelos and Flora Tzaras.
His father’s roots were in Sparta, as were his in-laws’. His mother was born in the United States of Greek descent.
George’s first cousin, attorney Charles Capetanakis, described him as a gifted man and a successful attorney who was active in the community. George and his wife are members of both the churches of the Holy Cross and of Kimisis tis Theotokou in Brooklyn. “
“He was a tremendous basketball player,” Charles told The National Herald, and noted that he was invited to try out for the Greek national team.
George was active with the Boy Scout troop of the Church of the Holy Cross and was involved in his childrens’ athletic pursuits.
“I can’t stress enough what a devoted family man he was,” Charles said.
The viewing will be held on Sunday, December 29 from 6 to 9 PM at the McLaughlin & Sons Funeral Home at 9620 18 Street in Brooklyn.
The funeral will take place on Monday morning at 10 AM at the Church of Kimisis tis Theotokou in Brooklyn.