Obituary for George Geraniotis
Geraniotis, George of Winchester died on June 12, 2017 after a brief illness. He was predeceased in 1973 by his beloved wife Paraskevi “Lola” Geraniotis of Winchester. He is survived by his beloved son Dr. Evangelos “Van” Geraniotis and wife Constance (Verras) of Orleans, MA and his beloved daughter Dr. Theano “Nano” Eliopoulos and husband Dr. Peter A. Eliopoulos of Westford, MA. He was the proud and doting grandfather to Paris, Alexa, Caroline, Angelo, and Coralea. He is predeceased by his brother Andreas Geraniotis of Crete, Greece and is survived by his sister Nina Kouti of Athens, Greece. He is also predeceased by his brother in law Nick Pappas of Bedford, MA and is survived by his sister in law Thalia Pappas of Bedford, as well as his brother and sister in law Arthur and Dianne Pappas of Cotuit, MA.
George grew up in Gerani and Chania in Crete, Greece and originally came to the United States in Iowa through the American Farmers Exchange Program in 1956. He returned to Greece 10 months later, met and married his beautiful wife Lola, and settled in Massachusetts with her family, who had already emigrated to the United States. He went to work for the International Vulcanizing Corporation as a machinist for four years, then Duke Engraving in Newton for one and a half years, and finally Diamond Antenna out of Winchester for one year. He then founded his own company, Ariston Engraving and Machine Corporation in Woburn, MA and received an Associate’s degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
He was an active member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Woburn, and a member of the William Parkman Masonic Lodge of Winchester, where he served as Master of the lodge for two years. He received the Joseph Warren Medal in 1988 for his commitment to masonry and its philanthropic endeavors. He was an active member of the PanCretan Association of America in Boston, and was President for several years. He received the Minoan Award for being a great mentor, philanthropist and role model. Finally, he was also a member of the order of AHEPA.
George enjoyed regaling his many friends and family members with stories of his childhood in Crete, remembering the Germans occupying the island and using his family home as a command center during World War II. As a young man, he loved swimming the Aegean Sea as well as fishing and hunting. In the later part of his life he enjoyed spending time with his cherished grandchildren and was involved with a number of community service projects. He loved mentoring people and was a friend to all.
Calling hours will be on Friday, June 16th from 4-8pm at the Lane Funeral Home, 760 Main St., Winchester. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 17th at 10am at the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church on 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn and burial will follow immediately after at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in George’s memory to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church or to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478. Oklahoma City, OK 73123. For online condolences please visit www.lanefuneral.com.