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In Memory of

George Tom Liapis

September 17, 1923 - November 21, 2016

Obituary


George Liapis passed away peacefully in Atascadero, on November 21, 2016 at 93 years of age. He was born in Phoenix, Arizona on September 17, 1923. He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Manuella, sister Helen Filipponi, brothers Chris and Paul Liapis. He is survived by his loving nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren. George grew up in Southern California where he developed an interest in airplanes, and found work in the aircraft industry. He went on to proudly serve his country in the Army Air Force from 1942-1946 where he...

George Liapis passed away peacefully in Atascadero, on November 21, 2016 at 93 years of age. He was born in Phoenix, Arizona on September 17, 1923. He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Manuella, sister Helen Filipponi, brothers Chris and Paul Liapis. He is survived by his loving nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren. George grew up in Southern California where he developed an interest in airplanes, and found work in the aircraft industry. He went on to proudly serve his country in the Army Air Force from 1942-1946 where he was awarded with a World War II Victory Medal. George's family owned a flower shop which he later took on running for his father. His sister had moved to the central coast in the later 1940's and he visited quite often. His father’s declining health prompted them to close the flower shop and leave Los Angeles for Atascadero. He worked the counter at The Hitching Post, as a custodian at the local elementary schools and eventually worked at the Atascadero State Hospital. George loved the outdoors and in his later years moved to the town of Templeton, frequently walking his dog downtown where he became a regular fixture with the local shop owners and school children. They enjoyed seeing him and petting his long haired chihuahua Benzi who accompanied him on his daily walks. George was a physically active person who maintained amazing health and a dedication to hard work, finally retiring from his job as a landscaper at 90 years of age. He was never married and thus was lovingly referred to as Uncle George by many friends, and all of his family, who considered him the family patriarch. Uncle George was passionate about many subjects and was often found engaging in spirited debate using lively hand gestures he attributed to his Greek heritage, of which he was very proud. He loved Greece and traveled with his nieces and nephews to show them the village where his father was raised. He was a talented florist, an avid Angels fan, and loved playing cribbage, a card game he taught all of his nieces and nephews and their children. A celebration of George's life will take place at the VFW, 9555 Morro Road, Atascadero, CA from 3-7PM on Sunday, December 4th. He will be laid to rest with military honors at the Atascadero Cemetery on Monday December 5th at 12PM. Services are in the care of Chapel of the Roses, Atascadero, Ca.