George Kappos passed away on August 24 at the age of 89, having led a long and fulfilling life. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy (nee Andos); most loving father of Alex (Paula), Dennis (Connie), and George Jr. (Laura) Kappos; loving grandfather of Maria (Bob) Kehres, Christopher Kappos, Gregory, Kristen and Tom Kappos, Elyse (Michael) Deckard, George III and Alexandra Kappos; great-grandfather of Jack, Ryan and Sophia Kehres; brother of John (Harriette) Kappos and the following deceased: Michael, Nicholas and James Kappos, Mary Xinakes and Delores Post; godfather, uncle, great-uncle and great-great-uncle of many. George had strength of character, boundless energy, a strong work ethic, dedication to the Lord, his church, and deep love for his beautiful wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was a great benefactor and former president of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral when it was the only Greek church in Cleveland and oversaw the orderly separation of the community into building two additional church communities in Cleveland. He was involved for many years with the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh Board under Metropolitan Maximos, and he was appointed as an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarch.
George was co-founder and retired CEO of Erieview Metal Treating Co., and member of the Athletic Dept. Hall of Fame at Cleveland State University in two sports – basketball and tennis.
He was a Board Member and then an Advisory Board Member of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL), strongly identifying with the goals that OCL espouses. He believed that the present fracturization of the Church based on ethnicity was detrimental to good order in addition to being uncanonical, and the future viability and growth of the Church in America lay in the unity of the fourteen jurisdictions.
George also found a way to express his concerns for Orthodox youth who are leaving the Church once they go to college. He was a founder of four Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) chapters in the four major colleges in Cleveland. He served as the President of the Board overseeing the chapters, and actively involved himself in fund raising to support the program and in the activities of the students in the chapters.
George will be missed by his family, his many friends and the church community in the Pittsburgh Metropolis of the GOA.
The funeral service was held on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Cleveland Hts., OH. Contributions may be made to Sts. Constantine & Helen Endowment Fund or Zoe For Life. Interment took place in Lake View Cemetery.