It is with great sadness we announce the passing of George Economides who passed away peacefully on January 3rd, 2021. He was a cherished and loved husband to his devoted wife Helen Souranko. He will be forever missed by his many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
George was born in Montreal in 1931 and grew up in NDG, excelling in many sports such as baseball, hockey and football. He was an all-star catcher in the Montreal Junior Baseball League and was offered a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers farm team. George also played in the Junior Football League and was invited to try out for the Montreal Alouettes as well as the Saskatchewan Rough Riders.
He became the Head Coach of the NDG Maple Leafs and helped lead the team to win the 1965 Little Grey Cup at the Molson Stadium in Montreal. George also coached the Montreal Royals Junior Hockey Club organization.
Despite having a promising athletic future, George made the decision to enter the business world. This was proven to be the right choice. After his retirement, George and Helen travelled the world and spent their winters enjoying the Florida sun.
Being an avid sports person, George also enjoyed golf, curling and skiing. He took numerous ski trips with his buddies to Canadian and European destinations where many and over-embellished story was exchanged over a mug of beer. He kept in touch with his lifelong friends, meeting weekly for ''coffee and luncheons with the boys'' to reminisce about old times and solve the current problems of the world. He was a member of St. George Curling Club, the NDG Kinsmen Service Club and Kanawauke Golf and Country Club.
George was a fun-loving, kind, generous, well-respected man, devoted husband, uncle, friend and colleague. He made a long lasting impact on everyone he met with his positive outlook on life. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and everyone who knew him.
A private funeral service will be held at Mount Royal Funeral Complex. A Celebration of Life will be held in the future in honour of his wonderful life.
In his memory, a donation can be made to Montreal General Hospital Dialysis Unit.