Obituary for George N. Heos, Jr.
George N. Heos, Jr. of Roslindale, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family and loved ones, on March 12, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. George was the beloved husband of Harriet Heos (Panoulos), loving father of Alexis and her husband Bill Leahy of Lynnfield, and Christopher of Roslindale. He was the best Papou to his two granddaughters Vanessa and Samantha Leahy, whom he loved dearly and spoiled rotten. He is also the loving brother to AnneMarie Heos of West Roxbury. He is predeceased by his parents George Sr. and Mary (Kapetanis).
Born and raised in Boston, he graduated with Honors from Boston Latin School, then went on to study engineering and business at Northeastern University and law at Suffolk University, working upwards of five jobs to put himself through undergrad and law school on his own. Always involved in athletics, George was a member of the Northeastern Crew Team, where he formed friendships that lasted his entire life, and continued to participate in the Head of the Charles Regatta years after graduating. Highly active in the Cathedral Greek Orthodox Church and community, George was able to combine two of his passions, helping others and basketball. As coach of the Cathedral basketball team, George and his team went four years in a row undefeated in the Junior GOYA basketball league and won many tournaments throughout the country. His greatest contribution, however, was off the court, where George helped many of his players, first generation Greek immigrants, navigate the collegiate application process and secured scholarships, which their parents where unable to assist with as they did not speak English. This type of generosity would be a prevalent theme for many years in Georges professional life, where he and the law firm he owned specialized in helping people from all over the world come to Boston, start businesses and new lives. Anyone lucky enough to have George as a friend or family also enjoyed this generosity from his personal life, always going out of his way to help people in any way he could.
Visiting hours will be held at the Gormley Funeral home, 2055 Centre St, West Roxbury on Friday March 16, from 4pm-8pm. Relatives and friends invited. The funeral service will be on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:00 am at The Cathedral Greek Orthodox Church, 514 Parker Street, Boston. Burial will follow at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn St, Cambridge.
George was treated by amazing doctors and staff at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. His son-in-law, Bill, has been riding in the Pan Mass Challenge in his name since the initial diagnosis. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute via the PMC at http://profile.pmc.org/BL0186.