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Memorial created 02-4-2008 by
George Manios
May 5 1948 - February 3 2008


This online memorial was created in loving memory of George Manios, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign George's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember George forever.

 Goodbye dear family and friends!!





Dad passed away a few years ago after his long and heroic battle with cancer.  He was surrounded by his family and friends when he took his journey home to be with the lord, mamma, grandma, and pappa.


You will not ever be forgotten dad, grandpa, my love!  We will always remember your smiles, dancing, fishing,  picking sour oranges, generous heart and of course, your cooking. 






Right now I'm in a different place 
And though we seem apart 
I'm closer than I ever was 
... I'm there inside your heart
I'm with you when you greet each day 
And while the sun shines bright 
I'm there to share the sunsets, too 
... I'm with you every night
And if a tear should start to fall 
... I'll still be there for you
And when that day arrives 
That we no longer are apart, 
I'll smile and hold you close to me 
... Forever in my heart

George was survived by his loving wife, Susan, six daughters ( Anna, Maria, Debbie, Jeanette, Judy & Yvette), eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren and many others that he considered his sons and daughters.

Co-Founder of Ikaros Aviation, Inc. in 1989, he spent the past several years enriching our community in Marathon by volunteering countless hours with many charitable and faternal organizations.  He served on the House Committee for the Marathon Elks Lodge and took great pride in running the kitchen, serving meals to the members and bringing smiles to all with his wit and humor.

Best known for his Award Winning restaurant, George's Taverna in Marathon... we all remember his Flaming Cheese with Camel meat!

His greatest treasure, however was simply spending time with his family and friends!!

His family received friends Saturday, February 9, 2008, at San Pablo Catholic Church - we shared memories and watched the wonderful video that Travis produced.  Please let Jeanette know if you want a copy of the video. 

The  "Celebration of Life" ceremony immediately followed with Father Jerry leading Mass and several friends and family members sharing their memories with us.

Thank you everyone for sharing your wonderful memories!

Memorials can be made to the St. Judes or San Pablo Catholic Church.





God looked around his garden
and found an empty place
He then looked down upon this earth
and saw your tired face
He put his arms around you
and lifted you to rest
God’s garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best
He saw that the road was getting rough
and the hills are hard to climb
So he closed your weary eyelids
and whispered, “Peace be thine”
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home


Born in Pireaus, Greece to Anna & Kostis Manios, he started working as a seaman at the age of 13 in the boiler room on a cruise ship.  He traveled to ports around the world moving his way up to Chief Engineer. 

On a Saturday in 1989, he saw a beautiful woman named Susan aboard the Discovery Cruise ship.  In the Disco room he asked her to dance.  Once on the dance floor she asked him what nationality he was and upon learning he was Greek, to his amazement, she promptly walked away and left him standing there alone.  He asked everyone if she was crazy and learned that she did not care for greeks and... that she was single.  He did not give up!  The following week he again found her aboard the Discovery and asked her to meet him in the Disco room upstairs for a dance.  They have been together ever since.... Always dancing through the years.


Has it really been a year that we've been crying these tears - missing you? 

You are always in our thoughts and prayers, every day wishing you were still here. 

You will forever remain in our hearts!

It was so nice to have such a wonderful gathering of family and friends yesterday at Dad's one year memorial.  Everyone joined together at San Pablos where one of his favorite trees was blessed and planted in his honor.   Thank you so much for joining Mom, Luis, Dion and I at the church and later at home: Marco & Michael, Al and his son who came down to get out of the Chicago cold, Connie and Pat, Judy & Vince, Bob & Wanda, Kevin, Debbie, Captain Ron and Marshall.   Great memories shared!

If you did not have a chance to join us - visit San Pablos and just look for the wonderful plaque that Luis made for the tree!


Light a candle for those we mourn.

Into a new life they will be born.

Do not look for them at a gravesite.

They are somewhere else radiating their beautiful light.

They have gone to a new world where there is no darkness, no pain.

Their light and essence will always remain.

Light a candle for those who have left this mortal place.

They are free to travel through time and space.

When we think of them they are near.

When we sit in a beautiful garden, their voices we hear.

When we listen to a divine symphony, we close our eyes, their faces we see.

Light a candle, for they have not really gone.

With each flickering flame, in your hearts they will always belong.

The candle is always lit Dad!!!



Please note this is a work in progess... additional pictures and stories are being added.

Pictures of his life are on the next page. 

If you have pictures or stories of how George touched your life, please email them to deborah@ikarosav.com and I will post them.



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