George Psillas, World War II Veteran, Was 97


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EAST BERLIN, CT – George Psillas, 97, of East Berlin, CT passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family Saturday, September 21, 2019. George was born in Chios, Greece on November 17, 1921 one of seven children born to Athanasios and Helen (Markopoulos) Psillas. He served his country in the Air Force during World War II and was stationed in Alexandria, Egypt. After the war, he immigrated to the United States, too, marry the love of his life, Chryso (Stavrinou) Psillas. They spent sixty-seven happy years together.

George began his career in the U.S. as a carpenter after graduating from the Chicago School of Capentry. He shifted his career to the restaurant business but maintained his skills and love for carpentry throughout his life. George owned and operated the Center Coffee Shop in New Britain and then opened the Route 72 Diner in East Berlin, CT in 1966 and retired from business in 1983. He built the Rt. 72 Plaza in East Berlin and also extended and built the cul de sac on Ice Pond Lane, East Berlin. George and Chryso then spent seventeen Winters in their condo in Hallandale, Florida before returning to CT to live out their retirement closer to family. He served the Greek Orthodox Community as a member of the Parish Council and also oversaw the construction of the St. George Community Center in New Britain.

In addition to his beloved wife Chryso, he is survived by their four children, Thomas G. Psillas of Marietta, GA, Nicholas G. Psillas of East Berlin, CT, his youngest son James and his wife Mari-Beth of Tolland, MA And their children James Psillas and his wife Jennyfer and their daughter Audrey Victoria of Stockbridge, MA, Alexander Psillas of Sandisfield, MA, Karin Abalan and her son Ryder of Winsted, CT, Kaleb Abalan also of Winsted , CT, his daughter Helen (Psillas) Christodlous and her husband Sam and their three children, Chrystina Eleni Christodlous, Demis Eleni Christodlous and James George Christodlous also of East Berlin, CT. George is also survived by many family members in Greece, South Africa, Austrailia, Cyprus and here in the United States notably his closest niece Evanthia Tsakopoulos and her husband Apostolos and their children Constantine and Paul.

A special thanks to the wonderful staff at Apple Rehab, Cromwell for their outstanding care. Funeral Rites for George will be held Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 301 West Main St., New Britain, CT. Committal Service and final resting place will be in Wilcox Cemetery, 273 Berlin St., East Berlin, CT. Relatives and friends may call at the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and at St. George Greek Orthodox Church Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Directions to funeral home – I-84 east or west, exit 37 (Fienemann Rd) right off exit – one mile down on right. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in George's name may be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 301 West Main St., New Britain, CT. To extend condolences to the Psillas family or to share a memory of George, please visit Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, L.L.C. 764 Farmington Avenue New Britain 06053, phone: 860-229-9006.

From the Hartford Courant.