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George Bellos Memorial
George Bellos Memorial

George Bellos

George Bellos

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

George Francis Bellos passed away peacefully at the age of 84 on February 5, 2019.

George was born in Everett, WA to Edith Lyvers and Alciviadis “George” Bellos.     George was a first generation and proud American as his father immigrated here from Missologi Greece where much of his family still resides.

George was a lifetime resident of Sedro-Woolley  and graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School  He  remained an involved member of his community, Bellos returned at age 22 from the University of Washington where he attended and shared many fond memories of living on a houseboat with his best friend Chuck Abbott.  When his father became ill George returned to Sedro-Woolley to run the family restaurant.

In 1957 he married Bonnie Henry (Lang) and the couple raised 3 children and together ran The Liberty Cafe and Bell Room.  George was an amazing host.  Filomito is a Greek word which means to honor your friends and to be hospitable this is a trait that he encompassed naturally as many people remember their times at the Liberty Cafe and going boating and water skiing and crabbing at Juniper beach.

George was very involved in his community. At a young age he became involved in DeMolay and remained Father advisor for many years.  The Rotary club was a big part of his contribution to his community and he served as Rotary President in 1973 and was honored by Rotary club as a Paul Harris Fellow. Additionally Bellos was very involved in the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce and served on many committees and was ultimately elected president of the board of directors in the early 70’s. Another club he remained involved with was the Masonic Lodge.

Bellos also served as hospital commissioner during the years the two hospitals, United General and Skagit Valley first became affiliated.

Faith, family and music were his passions and he stayed true to all three until the day of his passing.  He sang in the church choir at Immaculate Conception Church up until a month of his death.  George was involved in the An-O-Chords most of his adult life and many were blessed  and surprised when his quartet would show up on Valentine’s day and sing to you!

Bellos was preceded in death by his parents Edith Lyvers Bellos and Alkviadis “George” Bellos; his older sister, Kathryn Harward and his longtime companion Gretchen Hunter.

His surviving family includes his two daughters, Mary Beth Franks and her husband Ken, and Melissa Bellos; his son, George Bellos and his wife Cindy; eight grandchildren Jason Franks, Jennifer Franks Misner and husband Aaron, Anna Bellos-Chapin and husband David, Jacob Bellos and Jaclyn Bellos, Christina Leber and husband Kyle, and Dylan Cisneros  and Tia Gabrielle Cisneros; great-grandchildren, Noah Franks, Lola Chapin, Greyson Chapin, Weston Leber and Sawyer Leber and his niece, Sandra Kay Harward

Donations in memory of George can be given to the An-O-Chords, their major charitable efforts involve teaching the joy of singing to young people in our communities.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 2:30pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Sedro-Woolley with a reception following at the parish hall. Arrangements are under direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.

Guestbook

  • Dean Hansen

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family, have known George and family for many years, he will be missed by all those who knew him. Have many great memories of our families times together, over the years. May the Lord be with the entire family, Mary Beth, Melissa, George Jr., Bonnie, and all the grandchildren. Take care and God Bless!
    Dean Hansen

  • Mel Sheldon

    I remember going to the Liberty Café Sunday mornings during the winter around 6 am after my brother and I rolled 80 Seattle Times/PI papers! We would order hot cocoa as the River Guides met their clients before heading up river to go Steelhead fishing. DeMolay was where I got to know George and what a wonderful mentor he came to be. The new Masonic Temple was a big difference to the one on main street. George guided us young men as we prepared for our years after school. Thank you George!

  • Lois Blankenship

    I am so sorry to hear about George. He was a wonderful man. I enjoyed working for him for many years. He was always fair to his employees and customers. God has gained another wonderful angel to sing in his choir. Thoughts and prayers are with all og you. God Bless you all. Lois Blankenship

  • Mary Franks Post author

    February 10, 2019

    Dear Mary Beth, Melissa and George,

    So sorry I will not be with you on Tuesday for your Dad’s funeral. My heart and prayers will definitely be with you! The weather has been so crazy I just made the decision to stay home and now it will probably rain instead of having the terrible snow storm everyone predicted.

    I want you all to know first just how much I love you! My memories of being with you while growing up are so vivid in my mind! Your Dad is of course a part of most of those memories. He loved you sooooo much. I remember so much laughter and teasing! Your home was like another home to me. Your Dad was always so hospitable. He loved our family gatherings! I remember him setting that big dining room table and then the trays of food he would bring home from the Liberty. So much love!!
    Then there was the introduction to Greek food. Yum!! Greek Spaghetti, Baklava, Stuffed Grape Leaves and so many more!

    All the fun at Juniper Beach! He and all of you are so much a part of the wonderful memories of my life! We could all write a book about those.

    I know you all know how much he loved you but I guess that is the one thing that I know George would want me to tell you over and over again is how much he loved you!

    What a blessing to know that he knew Jesus!
    John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He sent his only son to die on the cross so that who so ever believes in Him will not die but have everlasting life!
    He will be waiting for you when you arrive! How I treasure that! It is my hope! These three things we must remember, Faith, Hope and Love but the greatest of these is Love!

    I Love you and hope to be up there soon so we can love, laugh and share memories with one another.

    Love You So Much, Aunt Claudia

  • Gretchen Henry Murden

    I will remember George for his generosity and sense of humor. Our family loved him. We have many fond memories of summers at Juniper Beach.

  • Col. Craig E Murden

    George was one of the finest men I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was both a mentor and a very good friend.

  • Cindy Singleton Rust

    My mother and I both worked for George at the Liberty Cafe. He was a great man. My prayers to his family

  • Tod Lehecka

    George was a great guy, I worked in the real estate business with George for many years and enjoyed every interaction I ever had with him. I will be out of town for the service, I hope all goes well. RIP George – Tod Lehecka