George Lontos, age 71, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away on the 7th of December 2021. He was a loving husband, step-father, grandfather, brother and friend who will be missed dearly. Born in Kalamata, Greece to Dimitrios Lontos and Paraskevi Moulatsioti, he enlisted in the Greek navy, where he got his love of travel. At 18, he immigrated to the United States, where he in true American dream fashion, taught himself how to do everything he wanted in life. He taught himself to read and speak the English language through watching television. George started out working as a dishwasher, rising up in rank to cook, then switched professions to become a mechanic, until he could rebuild air conditioner compressors without formal training. Even though he found success in his new life in America, George often spoke of his love for Greece and took his wife Deborah to see it multiple times. George retired at age 62 where he spent the remainder of his life exploring all of his passions and spent time with his family.
George leaves behind his wife, Deborah Lontos, whom he celebrated their 26th anniversary on the 14th of October. He also leaves behind two stepchildren, Wendy Randall and Michelle Love; three grandchildren, Megan Randall, Andrew O’brien, Austin O’brien; among many others in both Greece and the United States. Those who knew him and were his friend know he will be truly missed.
George had many passions in life, chief among them were cooking, furniture making, painting and cars. He was an avid car enthusiast, having a collection of handmade model cars and owning a 2000 cherry red corvette. George loved creating different things for family and friends, including food, wooden furniture, and paintings. His favorite scenes to paint were lighthouses and beaches, but also depicted mountain ranges and religious pieces with crosses. He was an amazing woodworker, making everything from cabinets and beds to toy chests and window perches for his cat Big Boy whom he adored. His love for animals could be seen in the care he put into the birdhouses he made and his love for his golden retriever Duke who passed away earlier in his life. George was also a devoted fan of football, more specifically the Dallas Cowboys, whose games he always watched and was a fan club member of.
He was loyal to his family and was there for them when they needed support. When his father became ill, George made sure he lived his remaining years being taken care of by both George and Deborah Lontos. He also was a fan of his grandchildren’s passions, talking about painting with his artist granddaughter Megan Randall, listening to his grandson Austin O’brien play the guitar, and bonding over his grandson Andrew O’Brian’s job and hobbies.
Friends and family are cordially invited to the memorial service at Annaville Baptist Church on December 28th at 10 AM. The address is 4025 Violet Road, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410. The service will be followed by the burial at Seaside Memorial Park and Funeral Home at 2:30 PM. The address for the burial is 4357 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412. The family would appreciate any donations to charities that George supported like the Wounded Warrior Project. Thank you for your love and friendship. God Bless.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.