George E. Carafotes

George E. Carafotes of Reading , MA passed away at the age of 90 at Tufts Medical Center, Boston on November 12, 2018 from complications of Pneumonia. He was born in Somerville, Massachusetts on May 24, 1928, the youngest of 6 children to James and Marigo (Guzzi) Fortes-Carafotes; predeceased by Sisters Pauline Straticos, Irene Zographos, Esther Spinos, and brothers John and Charles Carafotes. He was married to the late Eleanor Sheehan and formerly to the late M. Patricia Hosford-Casey with whom he created the following legacy: Survived by his 8 Children: Mary Gail Ranaldi of Reading, Ann Louise Dexter of Chelsea, Colleen Elaine Carafotes and John McDonagh of Melrose, George James Carafotes and Ellen of Port Chester, New York, John Daniel Carafotes of Reading, Kelly Hull and Mark of Chicago, Illinois, Caroline Christine Payne-Carafotes of Wakefield, and Michael Bartholomew Carafotes and Christine Strecker of Romeoville, Illinois; 7 grand children: Robert Michael Carafotes of Reading, Justin Christopher Carafotes, of Diliah Mcdonagh, Rachel Elizabeth Carafotes, and Candace Christine Carafotes of NY, Michael William Carafotes of CT and, Deidre Dexter of NH; 8 great-grandchildren: Elana Rose, Sophia Elizabeth, Ethan Kallil, Athena Rose of NY, Michael Aiden, Liam Joseph of CT and, Ellis and Lilly Ann of NH; also survived by his sister-in-law Aileen Casaletto of Burlington, many nieces, nephews, great, and great-great nieces and nephews of MA, CT and FL: family names: Carafotes; Straticos, Spinos; Zographos; Tourkantonis, Vogis, Serpa, Mackronis, Popken, Blanc, Casaletto and Hosford, many cousins with family names of: Lampropolous, Karas,Pithis.

George worked for Mari and Sons Flooring, Somerville for over 40 years and later for Ricky’s Flowers, Union Square, Somerville. He enjoyed time spent with colleagues, clients and customers. He served in the United States Marine Corps toward the end of WW II. As he was young, his mother refused to sign for him (her 2 other sons were already serving in Europe), so, at the age of 16, he was signed into the Corps by his sister Irene. George always liked to boast that he had 2 god-mothers; unable to breath after birth he was baptized immediately with god-mother 1; after several minutes of good hard slapping, he breathed his first breath and later at the formal baptismal got god-mother 2, his hard earned first breath to begin his life continues on through his 23 direct descendants (at present). George had a special place in his heart for family, children, the many dogs in his life, even the ones at Wonderland! He rescued several dogs in the latter part of his life and is predeceased by Butch, Lili, Justice, and Queenie. Dad always liked to tell the story of his dog Blackie, who remained at his parents’ after he was married. However, once he had his first child, Blackie would make it his mission to come and watch over the baby, laying under her stroller on the porch, every day until dad returned from work. That was Blackie’s cue to return home, a mile away, solo (no leash laws in those days). Dad also loved music, especially Rock and Roll with the car radio tuned to 103.3 for years.

So it is no wonder that we have chosen in his memory, his love of dogs and Rock and Roll in choosing the Rock and Rescue 501 c non-profit Charity (Bark n Roll – North Reading).

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Donations in honor of George can be made to bnR’s Rock n’ Rescue and mailed, dropped off Reading Cooperative Bank at 150 Haven Street Reading Ma 01867, or given at the “Celebration of Life” party in May, 2019.

Share your memories of George, how he may have impacted your life and even stories of time spent with his children under the Condolence section of Boston website.

Friends and family are welcome at “A Celebration of Life” party held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 1-4 pm (George’s birthday weekend) at: 186 Woburn Street, Reading,Ma 01867, behind Saint Agnes church. Parking is both on and off street (Woburn even-number side); elevator access available.

George’s ashes will be interred at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge late spring. Details to follow.


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12 Condolences

  1. Tracy on November 27, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    I’m sorry for the loss of a great man whom I’ve become to know and love as a dad. Well I ended up calling him dad. I met him like 6years ago and every time we talked I walked away feeling better. My heart goes out the his family especially Mary Gail, Caroline and John. May Dad now be at peace.

  2. Kelly on November 28, 2018 at 2:06 am

    Colleen Carafotes is hosting a Memorial Luncheon for friends and Family December 15th in Melrose as well.

  3. Mark and Athena on November 28, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Sorry for your loss. George had a good long life and he lived the life he wanted. My sympathies go to the family. To George, he was a good person, kind and strong to many who had the honor to know him, a job well done! Mark & Athena Chicago

  4. Rachel, Ethan and Sophia Elizabeth Carafotes on November 28, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Papou you taught me how long life is and how to bring the family together and enjoy the moment ☀️☃️✨ love ❤️ Rachel

  5. caroline on November 28, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Dad you were always my right wing and I was your little red you will be missed my heart is clashed without you you are in a better place now if I was a live that long I probably will taking care of you this summer was the best thing we spend so much time together sitting down cuddling on the couch and just hanging out was enough for me just like when you lived on Avon we use to set up and watch Perry Mason will Robert was asleep and we’d hang out with the dogs may God bless you your daughter Caroline

  6. Colleen E Carafotes on November 29, 2018 at 4:50 am

    Love you Dad. You were a rebel. You did what you wanted. Firstly, following in love with my beautiful Mom and having eight beautiful children. Teaching me to stand up for my self, to marry for love ❤️ and to maintain my maiden name. So today happily married, mother of two adult children, horse owner and bearing the proud name Colleen E. Carafotes while practicing law. So happy I got you out of that ticket! Love you to the moon and beyond.. Your loving daughter, Coll

  7. Dilila Elizabeth McDonagh on November 29, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Papou To The Rescue

  8. Mary-gail Ranaldi on November 30, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    We used to go to the “dinners” and dad would always get his own coffee, or if he just wanted to sit, I would get it, until one day Tracy started getting his coffee! I could offer, but, oh no, Tracy will get it! She always spotted him when he came through the door and later, after dinner, they would talk outside and on occasion have a smoke together!!!

    Tracy, dad loved you too!!!

  9. Lynda Longmire on December 2, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Mary Gail,

    So sorry for your loss, we are never ready to give up our parents.. You were there for him when he needed you the most! He was very blessed to have a daughter like you.

  10. Betsy carras on December 3, 2018 at 1:04 am

    Condolences sent to all his family he was the last of my carafotes first cousin loved him and will miss him dearly beba as he knew me george and Betsy carras

  11. Elizabeth Kennedy on June 4, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    I love you, George

  12. Janet Marino on March 9, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    Kind of late reading this. I’m sorry for your loss, he was a great man and I remember him well. I am Attorney Joe and Rose Marino’s daughter, of the Mari flooring family. My Aunt Gloria Uglietta and Uncles Vin, Anthony, Tom Marino and Pat Uglietta all worked with together with him. My condolences🙏🏼

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