Published in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on 7/23/2009
George Lambrinos, 82,
of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, formerly from Endicott NY, passed away peacefully
after many successful triumphs while battling a prolonged illness and
rigorous treatment schedule on Sunday, July 19, 2009, at the Humber Memorial
Hospital in Weston.
Born in Endicott, New York in 1946, the second youngest of seven children,
he graduated from Union-Endicott High School. He permanently relocated
to Canada from Gary, Indiana, with family in tow, in 1961, becoming a
Canadian citizen in 1967.
He is survived by his two sons, Chris Lambrinos and Tim Lambrinos of Toronto;
his daughter, Alice Idemudia, her husband, Jude Idemudia; and granddaughter,
Charlotte Joan Bailey, all residents of Newmarket, Ontario and survived
by his ex-wife, Sheila Thibaudeau Lambrinos of Markdale, Ontario. He is
predeceased by five siblings, Jim, Pauline Damigos, Chuck, Peter and Bessie
Haner, survived by sister, Elaine Conger (Florida).
All Lambrinos brothers were honourably discharged US war veterans.
Also survived by many Lambrinos relatives originating in the Endicott
area: sister-in-law, Mary Lambrinos; and nephew, Jim Lambrinos Jr.; nephew,
John Damigos (California); niece, Christine Figured (North Carolina);
nephew, Keith "Chuck" Lambrinos; nephew, Bill Lambrinos (North
Carolina); sister-in-law, Alda Lambrinos; and nieces, Paulette Gazdik
(Binghamton) and Carol Holden (Texas); and nephew, Bob Haner (Florida);
and many special great-nieces and great-nephews.
As a youngster in upstate New York, George "Greek" Lambrinos
was often recognized as a star athlete. Awarded a full scholarship to
Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania after scouts viewed a "miracle"
shot in a championship high school basketball game, he delayed enrolling
to college while serving in the allied occupational army in Japan in 1947.
Honourably discharged as a veteran, he came back and had a successful
sports career at college (member of two undefeated football seasons) and
graduated from Bloomsburg Teacher's College in 1953. He was inducted into
Bloomsburg University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.
He played Triple "A" professional baseball for, among other
teams, the New York Giants in the mid-50's. Marrying in 1955 and finally
moving to Canada in 1961, he continued his career occupation as an educator
He was a dedicated community activist, founding the local baseball leagues,
volunteering at various associations, including the Canadian Mental Health
Association, Retired Teacher's Association and Toronto Police Community
The street named "Lambrinos Lane" can be located in North York
(Toronto) as an enormous display of acclaim for community activism when
his ex-wife was recognized for her own civic achievements in a street
naming ceremony in 2006 at North York's "Lambrinos Lane."
He was present and participated at the sign unveiling. He will be greatly
missed by his entire family but most importantly, his love for his granddaughter,
Charlotte, was indeed the motivating inspiration he drew himself to each
and every day.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2009, from 12:30 p.m. to
2:30 p.m. at the Ward Funeral Home at 2035 Weston Road in Toronto, Ontario.
A service will commence promptly at 2:30 p.m. in the Funeral Home's Chapel,
followed by a reception next door at the Central United Church. His burial
will be held for immediate family and close hometown friends at The Riverhurst
Cemetery in Endicott, New York on Monday, July 27th, at 2:30 p.m.
May the big man with big hands and an even bigger heart find eternal content
in recognizing the joy he passed to everyone that he touched during his
entire life. Please, rest in peace. We will love you forever.