George S. Mermis
George S. Mermis
ASHTABULA - George S. Mermis, 82, passed away on Monday September 30, 2019 following a very brief illness.
He was born in Tripotamos, Greece on August 1, 1937 the son of Stavros and Artemisia (Moustantzi) Mermis.
George came to the United States as a teenager in 1953 and took a job doing dishes at Garfield's Restaurant. He would go on to eventually become one of the owners of the historic Ashtabula restaurant until they retired in 1999.
On October 20, 1969 he traveled home to Greece to marry Eleni Houpa, his loving and devoted wife of 36 years. Eleni Mermis passed away on December 12, 2005.
George was a huge Cleveland sports fan, especially the Indians and Browns; he enjoyed gardening and cooking and volunteering at the church. The most important thing in George's life was his family, he was a very proud and loving husband, father and "Pappou".
He is survived by his loving family: his children: Artemis Mermis, Kathy (Vasili) Vlahos, Stacy (Angelos) Frezoulis and Stavros (Mercedes) Mermis; his grandchildren: Vageli, Marilena, Eleni, Angeliki and Georgios; his siblings: Areti (Milton) Tsetsos, Dimitra (Kostas) Gerasimou and Dimitri (Evdokia) Mermigkis; as well as many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Eleni.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday evening from 5:00-8:00 at Czup Funeral Home, 1329 Lake Avenue Ashtabula; a prayer service will be held at the conclusion of the calling hours.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with The Very Reverend Theofanis Nacopoulas of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Erie, Pennsylvania presiding. Burial will follow in Edgewood Cemetery.
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Published on October 1, 2019


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Linda Finney
Oct 08, 2019
Artemis, I'm so sorry for your loss. I only met your dad the few times I came to your house with Ted, but I remember that he was very nice and very welcoming. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Maria Burenko
Oct 06, 2019
Your dad was a great man. Such a gentleman, so humble. He often talked about family and always with a big smile on his face. We use to talk about the Cleveland Indians too.
I always enjoyed my conversations with your dad. He was such a hard worker for our church. He had never ending energy. He just couldn’t do enough. That’s the kind of guy he was. My prayers are with all of you.
Oct 03, 2019
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Steve Tsetsos
Oct 02, 2019
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Barbara (Carducci) Elliott
Oct 02, 2019
I was blessed to work with George at Garfield’s restaurant and considered my bosses and co-workers as a second family. He usually had a smile on his face and a light-hearted attitude while at work. He wanted things done right, but always talked to us with respect. Praying for the family and friends because he will leave a space empty in all our lives.
George Nacopoulos
Oct 02, 2019
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Marilyn Roberts Rhinehalt
Oct 02, 2019
I worked at Garfield’s in the mid to late 50’s. George was a special friend. So kind and had a special sense of humor. My he Rest In Peace!
Marilyn Roberts Rhinehalt
Oct 02, 2019
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Maria Velalis
Oct 02, 2019
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Sue Helton Kidd
Oct 02, 2019
My condolences to the family. I have very fond memories of George, and funny stories from working with him at Garfield's. This saddens me greatly. Again , I am very sorry for your loss. I have known him since I was a very young girl.