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George Costonis Is Remembered

December 17, 2020

BOSTON – ‘Man About Town’, Business Leader, Family Man, Friend – George C. Costonis passed away in a long-term care facility in Stuart, Florida, from cardiac arrest at the age of 91. George was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts, where he continued to live, marry, and raise a family. He impacted the town and his friends through his philanthropy and businesses until much later in life when he moved to Lehigh Acres, Florida. He is survived by his children, Elizabeth St. Claire and her husband, Randy, Kevin Costonis, Chris Costonis, Stephanie Costonis, and Maria Travis. George is also survived by his grandchildren, Monique St. Claire, Chantal St. Claire, KC Costonis, Jacklyn Costonis and Christina Costonis, and several beautiful great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his beloved siblings, Johann Lee, Sylvia Favaloro, and her husband, Cosimo, Arthur Costonis and his wife, Ricki, Anthony Costonis and his wife, Dorothy, and John Costonis and his wife, Susan. George will always be fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by his sisters, Anne Fuccione and Lillian Costonis. The family also wants to acknowledge George's three Florida Angels’ – caretakers Joy Garofalo, Anna Rubio, and Judy Gates.

George started his first entrepreneurial venture – selling fruits, vegetables, and produce in an open backed produce truck called George's Fruit Bowl. He then established Modern Decorators, Inc., a firm that became one of the largest employers in the Town from the mid-50s to the late 1980's. During this period, George also started a general construction company and devoted much of his activity to identifying and funding several major real estate development projects in the Town of Winthrop, including apartment buildings, hotels, unattached dwellings, and RV parks just to name a few. One of his major accomplishments was the introduction of the very first condominium building to be built in the Town of Winthrop and indeed, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. At the time, condominium law was just being developed. George had to make the case that condo living can make a huge difference to the community including increased valuation of real estate property, new tax revenues, as well as the stimulation of new economic activity within the town. The vision became reality and today Winthrop has been a prime beneficiary of these efforts. Amid this whirlwind of activity, George was quite willing to share his experiences within the community both in public and private. George inspired several of his former employees to start their own businesses which helped to launch many successful careers.

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