George H. Papastrat
SIDNEY — George H. Papastrat, 91, of Sidney, passed away Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
He was born May 18, 1921, son of the late Harry G. Papastrat and Jenny (Metrakos) Papastrat in Binghamton and resided in Sidney since 1947.
In 1940, he graduated from Binghamton Central School. George honorably served his country during World War II, serving in the Coast Guard aboard the USS Leonard Wood. During his tour of duty, he took part in several invasions in North Africa, Sicily, Gilbert Island Group, Marshall Island Group, Eniwetok and Saipan. After World War II, he attended and graduated from the Ridley School of Business.
George married Ethel Anagnost on June 9, 1946, at the Holy Trinity Church in Binghamton. Upon moving to Sidney, he was the proprietor of George H. Papastrat Wines and Liquors from 1947 to 1983, and from 1951 to 1971, was a partner of Reliable Finance Company of Pearl River.
He was a longtime member of the Holy Trinity Church in Binghamton, as well as a senior member of the Charles L. Jacobi American Legion Post 183, VFW, Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge and the Sidney Golf and Country Club.
George is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Harry and Gloria Papastrat of Sidney; three grandsons, Marine Sgt. George and Elyse Papastrat of Jacksonville, N.C., Alexander G. Papastrat of New Orleans, La., and Anthony J. Papastrat of Sidney; two great-granddaughters, Anastacia Sophia Papastrat and Eleni Athanasia Papastrat; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Dino Giamakouras of Vestal; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
George was predeceased by his wife, Ethel; three children and his brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Mary Papastrat.
Friends may from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Father Cyprian of the Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville will officiate. Burial will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Sidney.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sidney Emergency Squad, River Street, Sidney, NY 13838 or the Sidney Community Foundation, c/o the Sidney Veterans Park, P.O. Box 333 Sidney, NY 13838.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.