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George P. Caronis

January 2, 1931 November 30, 2021
George P. Caronis
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Obituary for George P. Caronis

George P. Caronis of Birmingham, Michigan died November 30, 2021. He was 90 years old. George was born on January 2, 1931 in Columbus, Ohio to immigrant parents, Helen and Peter Caronis. He was born and raised there with his siblings.

As the story goes, George was a rambunctious child and a bit of a rascal. He enjoyed fun and games. He eventually graduated from Ohio State with a Bachelor of Science degree. After college, George joined the Army and served in the Korean Conflict. Later, he moved to Michigan and attended Michigan State University. He received his master’s degree in political science.

He began working for the city of Pontiac where he met Pat Sweeny. They were in their 30s, had a short courtship, and then married. A year after their wedding they had their first child, Mary followed shortly after by their son, John.

George was an accomplished man with many civic-minded positions. He was president of an optimist club for many years and union president at his place of employment. He worked with courts to begin the Youth Assistance Program in Pontiac. He also loved watching politics. Most of all, however, George loved spending time with his family. He was a family man with strong family values. He had a strong sense of right and wrong.

After retirement, George enjoyed teaching junior golf lessons. He did this well into his 80s. He enjoyed his independence, running his rental properties, playing golf, and tennis. He also loved kids, especially his grandchildren, Katie, Michael, Patty, and Adriana. They were precious to him and he could always make them laugh with his shenanigans.

George will be remembered as one of a kind. He lived life fully and remarkably. He shared with his family that he had no regrets.

George is survived by his loving children, Mary Angela (Matthew) Costello and John (Basima) Caronis. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Katherine Costello, Michael (Ashley Webb) Costello, Mary Patricia Costello, and Adriana Caronis and his dear sister, Angeline Karayianis. George is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Patricia, his parents, and his brother, John Caronis.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name Catholic Church 630 Harmon Street, Birmingham, Michigan 48009 on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 10am.

Memorials appreciated to Salvation Army Harbor Light 16130 Northland Drive, Southfield, Michigan 48075.


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