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George Molfetas
  • February 20, 1945
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  • May 23, 2022

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Georgios Antonios Molfetas died on Monday, May 23rd, 2022 at the age of 77; after four hospitalizations spread over five months. He fought until the end through kidney disease and Parkinson’s to spend every moment possible with his wife and kids. He was surrounded by his wife, son, and daughter-in-law; passing peacefully in his sleep at Advent Health Hospital in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

He was born on February 20th, 1945 in Erisos, Kefalonia, Greece; during the last months of WWII and the Nazi occupation of the Ionian Islands. George was the youngest child of Sophia Molfeta (neé Vasilato) of Agrile, Kefalonia and Antonios Georgios Molfetas from St. Jerusalem, Kefalonia. He survived the passing of his half-brother, Dionesis Drosos, and half-sister, Spyridoula Rodotheatou (neé Droso), and both his parents.

In 1953 he and his family were displaced by the earthquake that destroyed much of the island. He and his sister Katerina found themselves in housing for displaced children in Athens while his parents rebuilt their home and lives. They were reunited after a year. At the age of 14 he ran away from home in Kefalonia to board a ship to Holland, where he worked odd jobs and eventually opened a sandwich and fry shop with a friend before becoming a merchant marine. He worked in the engine rooms of cargo, petroleum, and passenger ships; survived a typhoon while on deck; and traveled the world over. He once had a disagreement with his ship captain and had to walk from Mumbai to Kolkata to the nearest Seaman’s Club in India. He went through the Panama and Suez canals more times than he could count, traversed through the Amazon, and spent time with the First Nations there. He was drafted into the Greek Navy in March 1966, serving until January 1969 as an engineer and driver.

He met the love of his life, Julie Molfetas (née Paul) in 1970 in Miami, Florida when visiting his uncle Spiros Vasilatos. Together they raised four children. He survived testicular cancer in his 50s and was by his wife’s side through two bouts of breast cancer.

In Miami he ran George’s Restaurant and Tom Thumb’s Restaurant in Coconut Grove – which was a frequent haunt of Jimmy Buffet. George managed apartment buildings in Miami before moving to California and eventually settling in New Smyrna Beach, Florida with his wife and two youngest children. There, George and Julie owned Restaurant Place and Smyrna Restaurant Equipment, before retiring.

George is survived by his loving wife of 52-years, Julie Molfetas; his four children and their spouses, Sophia Molfetas Tamayo (Peter), Kay Kiria Betancourt (Peter), Antonios Molfetas (Victoria), and Martha Molfetas (Michelle Chasteen). He is also survived by his sister Katerina Spanoudaki (neé Molfeta), and over a dozen nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. He will always be a beloved father and uncle to his family, and a cherished friend to all who were lucky to have known him. May his memory be eternal.

Donations can be made in George’s memory to the Parkinson’s Foundation.


Service

Location:
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
129 N Halifax Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
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Date & Time:
May 31, 2022 at 10:30 AM


Cemetery:
Edgewater-New Smyrna Cemetery
700 S Ridgewood Ave, Edgewater, FL 32132
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Visitation

Times:
May 29, 2022
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM



Location:
Baldwin Brothers New Smyrna Beach
1 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
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  1. Gladys Valdes says:
    31 May 2022
    Ms . Sophia,
    You and your family are in our prayers. May your Dad rest in peace!!! So long for now because one day you will be reunited! God bless you. Love, Gladys, Efrain, Bella, Victoria, Cito and Brooke. We all love you!!

  2. Vanessa and Olga says:
    31 May 2022
    Hi Ms. Sophia,
    I am so sorry for your loss. You’re in me and my moms prayers . Love you❤️
    - Vanessa and Olga

  3. Sandra says:
    31 May 2022
    Thinking of you all this morning as you say goodbye to your beloved George. With much, much love to the entire family, Sandra & family (long-time friends of Sophia and blessed to have met you all!!)

  4. JYE9 lit a candle:
    30 May 2022
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  5. Joanne Lew says:
    29 May 2022
    Sophie I’m so sorry for the loss of your father. RIP
    Love you Sophia !

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    29 May 2022
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  8. Maria says:
    29 May 2022
    Antonio’s
    We are very sorry for the loss of your father.
    May God bless his soul.
    Love,
    Raymond’s mom.

  9. Peter Tamayo says:
    29 May 2022
    Im so sorry to hear about the passing of George. May the special memories we all shared together help all of you through these difficult times.
    I thank him for all his love and exceptance as his Son in law and for always making me feel like his son and always part of the family . May his soul rest in peace and in harmony and my condolences to all his family and loved ones. With deepest
    Sympathys. Peter Tamayo and Pilar Gonzalez.

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    29 May 2022
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  11. Sara and Ramon Betancourt says:
    29 May 2022
    Our sincere condolences! He sounds like a wonderful man. We know that he raised a beautiful, loving family. May he RIP!

  12. Maria says:
    29 May 2022
    George, May your soul rest in peace. You will always be remembered with love and joy

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  16. Gilly Aguiar says:
    27 May 2022
    I’m sorry the hear of George’s passing. My God bless him and your family. He was a great man that was nice to all.

  17. JOHN PAUL ST PIERRE says:
    24 May 2022
    George,
    My heart is broken to hear of your passing; my condolences to your family.
    But, in recalling my interactions with you, Julie and James- my spirit is lifted in the wonderful memories of our times together.
    Whether it was at your house on 27th Rd., or at the restaurant, you were always cheerful, positive and funny.
    I can remember when your brother-in-law James and I would stop in at the Tom Thumb in the morning before we would head out to do our landscaping jobs: the cooler would be filled with ice and sodas- and our lunches packed for the day ahead. What a way for the two of us to start the day!
    You lived the life of the American Dream. You came to this country, worked very hard, and was successful in business. Best of all, you raised a wonderful, loving family and shared your experiences willingly.
    I will honor your memory.

    John Paul St. Pierre

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