March 6, 1931 - November 26, 2018
George Spero Condelles, born March 6, 1931 to Greek immigrant parents Spero and Jennie (Zisses) Condelles, passed from his worldly body on November 26, 2018, age 87. He was second only to his beloved sister Maria (late Nick) Vasilakis whom preceded him in death in 1966 and his mother in 1968. He was uncle to her beloved children: James, John, Anna and Spero and great uncle to their children and their children.
George grew up in Brooklyn, NY. At the young age of nine, he made a shoe shine box and shined shoes to pay for subway to Ebbets Field and a grandstand ticket to watch the Brooklyn Dodgers...and did so all by himself. He attended Brooklyn Tech High School and was in the Architectural program. In 1948 he and his family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. He finished High School and excelled as a draftsman and in sports. He continued to play league community football and baseball with his friends long after graduation. His teams secured their own sponsors and put on the most fun fundraisers. Wives and girlfriends were faithful rowdy cheerleaders, sometimes to a fault, according to local umpires and referees. He was also a lifelong avid professional and collegiate sports fan.
In December 1952, George and Gloria McCoy were married in the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Finneytown. In 1958 they moved to Milford, Ohio. They had five children: the late Joanna (late Steve) Gregory, Catherine (Jack) Seitz, Gloriana (late Mike) VanHuss, Ramona (Steve) Wolbers and the late David Condelles. They divorced in 1971. He was given 11 grandchildren (two deceased), 13 great grandchildren (one deceased) and two great-great grandchildren.
George later married Sandy Lemon (Fuhrman). They had one daughter together, Allison (Carl) Zellhuber and later adopted her four older siblings: Sherry, Traci, Jim and Art. They divorced a few years later. Allison has five children and Art has one, raising the number of known grandchildren to 17.
He became a member of the First Baptist Church of Milford on Center Street where he was a choir member, in a men's quartet, a mixed couple group and also did senior outreach with his singing partners in nearby nursing homes. He could be counted on to fill in for choir director, driving kids to/from Akron to church camp, Sunday school or anything asked of him. He was truly saved, baptized and never stopped loving the Lord.
George was offered employment from General Electric and C. Schmidt Co. He chose Schmidt and stayed with them his entire career. He managed their largest account, The Kroger Company, which included their large walk-in freezers, coolers and cases from design phase through install and replacement parts. Company was sold and relocated to Pennsylvania in late 1980s and he relocated with them before retiring in 1994.
After his retirement, he worked part-time jobs of his choice until his late 70s. His family could count on him to be in the bleachers at his grandkids' sports, attending birthdays and loved being with his family for holidays, parties and even a few vacations. He was looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas.
Sadly, George fell victim to a stroke on November 16 and succumbed to complications from stroke and renal failure, November 26, 2018. His family spent time with him every day and he knew he was loved. Before his death, he told his family not to be sad for him because he knew without a shadow of a doubt, he was going to his heavenly home.
Funeral services is Saturday, December 1, 2018, Evans Funeral Home, 1944 SR 28, Goshen, Ohio. Visitation begins at 10:00 AM with service following at 11:00 AM, his retired pastor, Dr. Charles Keen officiating. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery, 234 Center Street, Miamiville, Ohio.