George Catanakis

September 1, 1947 - November 22, 2021
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George Emmanuel Catanakis, 74, passed away peacefully in Venice, FL, on November 22, 2021.  He was the beloved husband of Colleen Catanakis for 44 years.


On September 1, 1947, George was born in Loutra Aidipsos on the island of Evia, in Greece, a son of Emmanuel and Basiliki Katanakis. As a young man in Greece, he was an avid soccer player, joined the Greek Air Force, and worked as a movie projector operator.  He later took a job on one of Onassis’ ships which brought him to the United States.  He immigrated to the United States and became an American Citizen.  He took pride in being an American, and he loved the United States.


In 1978 he married Colleen, the love of his life, and began a love story that would span over 44 years.  The couple met at the Country Squire Diner in Wall Township, NJ.  George was a cook, and Colleen was a waitress.  George fell in love with Colleen at the diner where they both worked and during their long walks on the beach.  They saved all their money and purchased a restaurant, The Indian Chief Tavern in Medford, NJ, where they raised their children.  George was a hard-working, generous man who truly loved others. He made many lasting friendships at The Indian Chief and thought of his employees as family.  He and his wife donated the banquet room of their restaurant, free of charge for many years, to support both the Special Olympics and the Toys for Tots fundraisers.


In addition to his wife, George is survived by his children; Kimberly and her husband Mike Dimel of Seabrook, TX, Betsy and her husband Erik Githens of Medford, NJ and Kat Catanakis of Venice, FL; as well as 3 Grandchildren; his loving Mother-in-Law Dorothy Blank, and Brother-in-Law Gary and his wife Katie Blank and family of Allenwood, NJ.


George was loved deeply and will be remembered by many because of his kind heart and generous spirit.  George and his wife moved to Venice, FL, to be closer to the beach.  He loved the outdoors, especially tending to his plants and fig trees with his dog Louie by his side.


Memorial contributions may be made in George’s name to:

Alpha-1 Foundation

3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

Coral Gables, FL 33134

(305) 567-9888

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Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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Born: September 1, 1947
Died: November 22, 2021

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Cindy & Garry Moore posted on 11/26/21

We are so sorry for your loss prayers going out to all


Don Clayton posted on 11/26/21

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Don Clayton posted on 11/26/21

You were not just a good man George, you were the best. Although we never really spent much time together, I think we both were aware of the depth of our friendship. It always kicked right in when we did see each other. No warming up or breaking the ice, it was already there all the time. Your family's and friend's fond memories serve as a testimony to the man you were. The legacy you have left behind is a wonderful and amazing one. It is right and good and very fitting that you will be missed so much. Godspeed my friend. We will meet again.


Kimberly Voorhees posted on 11/26/21

My sincere condolences to Colleen and family. George will be missed. I worked at the chief a short time and loved being welcomed and loved. When I worked for George & Colleen and found out they met at Squire the same time my grandmother was hostess. Your kindness was felt and George was one of the best.


Janice forte posted on 11/26/21

A wonderful husband, father and neighbor for over 17 years in New Jersey. You will be missed❤️


Susan n Joe Kosakowski posted on 11/26/21

George we will miss you deeply. We became friends by meeting at the park walking our bullies. Bosco n mollie just love Louie and joe enjoy your long talks about work and Colleen n I (Susan) talked about our children. So glad we saw you up in Venice, but the virus stopped us from visiting again. Rest In Peace you will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. We hold both of you and your friendship close to our hearts. I will fondly think of you as we walk our bullies at Horton Park. RIP 🤗😘