George Galanes was born in Dover, NH in 1923 of Greek immigrant parents. After serving in Germany during World War II and Japan during the occupation, George returned to Dover in 1946 to marry Dorothy Costarakis, who predeceased him in 1992, and attend college on the G.I. Bill. He completed his BS in Chemical Engineering and MS in Chemistry at University of New Hampshire and taught at UNH for three years until moving to Cincinnati to join Procter & Gamble in 1953. He spent his entire career with P&G, ending as an international patent agent, before retiring in 1988.
George and Dorothy were active in Holy Trinity - St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, where they served as Sunday School supervisors and helped with the annual Philoptochos Panegyri. After Dorothy's death, George continued to help the ladies of the church bake pastries, especially with moving heavy trays, and sang in the choir. He was active in his poker club, regularly attended Metallica Club meetings and P&G retiree gatherings, and enjoyed going to the Cincinnati Symphony and various local theatre productions until well into his 90's, when mobility issues forced him to stop. He was a member of the American Chemical Society for over 70 years.
George is survived by his children, Gloria (Noah Karrasch), of Springfield, MO; Cathy Harvey (Ralph), E. Lansing, MI; grandson, Timothy Adams Harvey, Denver, CO; brother, Chris, Dover, NH; uncle, Fr. Ernest Blougouras, Bonita Springs, FL; and brother-in-law, John Papas, Old Orchard Beach, ME. He is predeceased by his parents, Anastasios (Ernest) and Stavroula (Stella) Galanes, four siblings (Peter, William, Steve, and Anne Jones), and granddaughter, Jennifer. He also has numerous living nieces, nephews, grandnieces and -nephews, and great-grandnieces and -nephews.
George's respect for the value of education was unparalleled. Although neither of his parents could read or write, they instilled in the entire family a respect for education; all six living children completed college degrees, including advanced degrees. In addition to putting both daughters through university, George supported a grandson and grandniece through college.
George was known by all for his sense of humor and support. He was good friends with Jim Aglamesis and regularly stopped in for candy and ice cream for himself and to give away to friends and family. He was also resilient and made the best of all situations. George lived a full, independent life and was not afraid of death. He said to his daughter, "When my time comes, I don't want any extreme measures-just pull the plug . . . but don't do it too soon!" His generosity and kindness will be greatly missed.
George is buried next to Dorothy at Spring Grove Cemetery. The family would welcome contributions to the George and Dorothy Costarakis Galanes Scholarship Fund at University of New Hampshire, or to any charity of the donor's choice.
|Graveside Service||Spring Grove Cemetery||March 4, 2021||11:15 am - 12:15 pm||Directions|
|Burial||Spring Grove Cemetery||March 4, 2021||Directions|