George Mihailides

Mihailides, George 92, of Barrington, died on Monday, December 28th. He was the loving husband of Olga (Vican) Mihailides, born in Providence, he was the son of the late Rev. Peter G. and Presbytera Calliope (Lytritis) Mihailides.

George was one of the few RI citizens inducted into both the Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Football Hall of Fame. He was wrestling State Champion in 182-pound weight division. After High School George twice earned the title of New England Champion. He was also an AAU Champion in 1947 and 1948. George even had the privilege of wrestling the Great British Olympic champion Jack Sullivan. In addition to wrestling he found time to coach youth wrestling members of the YMCA in Providence, organized events and bought the medals because there was no money in the budget. He even paid for the towels so the kids could take showers.

He played for the professional Providence Steamrollers and in the ’47 and ’48 seasons, he helped them to achieve the New England Conference Championship. George led the team in tackles 3 years in a row. His positions included offensive end and defensive end. Fans would pack Cranston stadium to watch the Providence Steamrollers. On numerous times George would say “we were the forgotten champions.” He was one of the youngest professional football players in the country. His love of football was such that he played professionally rather than take advantage of a scholarship offered by Boston College. He was also a star athlete at Central High School, Providence RI and in 1945 the team was 9-0 and only 1 team scored 6 points against them the entire season. The High School Super Bowl was played at Brown Stadium in front of 25,000 people. This was one of the largest numbers ever reach at that time.

George was known for his extreme generosity, character, charity work and charisma. He was a lifelong member of the Greek Orthodox Church in Cranston, RI. At 20 years of age George served on the church parish council. For 20 years he ran the charity banquet for the Annunciation youth. He was a past President for the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA). Vice President 5 years, 3 years President, AHEPA of the year award 2 years in a row 1971 and 1972. He coached numerous teams and he was a 32 degree Mason and regular contributor with the Shriners. He owned the NY System Restaurant in East Providence, RI nearly his entire life. At an advanced age up to last year you could see him working with his son’s at Eats Restaurant, 1395 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA.

In addition to his wife, George is survived by his beloved sons, Peter Mihailides, George Mihailides and his wife Diane and Andrew Mihailides and his wife Lise. Tragically, his son Robert (Bobby) Mihailides died in 1990.

He is also survived by many loving grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory to: The Endowment Fund of the Church of the Annunciation, 175 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston, RI 02920, are greatly appreciated.

Calling hours are omitted due to covid-19 restrictions. The funeral will be held on Saturday, January 2nd at 9:30 AM at the Demetrakas Hall in our Rev. Peter Mihailides Center at 175 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston, RI open to those desiring to attend with sitting restriction capacity limit, social distancing and mask wearing. The funeral will also be live streamed via www.annunciationri.org/live-streaming. Burial will be private.


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Mark Francis from Hollis Center wrote on January 10, 2021 at 11:27 am:
So sorry for your loss Mrs. Milhailides George, Peter and family. Your dad contributed so much to society. He was an exemplary family man and his greatest legacy is his family. God Bless all of you.
John Alessandro, Jr. from Barrington wrote on January 7, 2021 at 11:11 am:
Andrew, My condolences to you and your family. I spent last evening telling my kids about my baseball coach and what a great man and teacher he was to me. He always said with hard work you can do it! Thank you for sharing your Dad with us. Prayers and love to you and your family.
Michael, Paula, Maryssa, and Malayna Bizier from Rehoboth wrote on January 2, 2021 at 4:15 pm:
We just heard about your dad. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. If you need anything, please let us know.
Suzanne Myers from Barrington wrote on January 2, 2021 at 2:46 pm:
Noelle and I send our deepest condolences to the family, we feel truly honored and privileged to have met George. Such a wonderful man who will truly be missed. Suzanne and Noelle Myers
Bettsie and Frank from West Palm Beach Fl wrote on January 1, 2021 at 8:28 am:
George and Dianne and family..... our deepest sympathies on this loss. Such a life well-lived. He is an inspiration, and his legacy lives on in you all. Blessings and comfort.
Richard Miranda from Seekonk wrote on December 31, 2020 at 8:14 pm:
Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with you and your family From Ginny and Richard Miranda and family
Gustav Klegraefe from seekonk wrote on December 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm:
Gus and I are so sorry for your families loss.
Douglas and Dawn Carlson from Barrington wrote on December 31, 2020 at 4:58 pm:
Our deepest sympathies to the Mihailides family. May the many memories you have be a comfort to you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Nancy Meliess from Barrington wrote on December 31, 2020 at 4:08 pm:
I am heartbroken about the loss of my favorite neighbor, George... I will miss all his kind words to me about the losses in my life, he always was such a giving person, and had a smile on his face when we would chat in the neighborhood.....My prayers and thoughts go out to all of those who loved him.....
The Vanasse Family from Seekonk wrote on December 31, 2020 at 2:19 pm:
We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Ed and Carole Mezzancella from Seekonk, MA wrote on December 31, 2020 at 10:29 am:
To George and family, so sorry for your loss and pain. What a great man your dad was. Will say a prayer for your entire family.
The kirkwood’s from The villages wrote on December 31, 2020 at 10:01 am:
To George, Peter, Andrew and family. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May the wonderful memories of your Dad bring you comfort and peace. Bill and Diane Kirkwood
Chris Mihailides from Jewett City wrote on December 31, 2020 at 9:57 am:
My uncle was quite the man. I will always remember his kind generous nature and his straight forward say it like it is comments. He would call me Chrissy and would always slip me a 20 dollar bill. As I grew up, those 20’s became 100’s even when I was fifty plus years old. He would say “keep it quiet Chrissy and buy the boys something from their uncle.” He was always my favorite uncle and I loved spending time with him talking football. You are now seated at the right hand of our Father along side my dad and auntie Helen. May your memory ever be eternal Uncle. I will miss you and I love you.
Wesley and Kathy McCoy, from Riverside RI wrote on December 31, 2020 at 9:28 am:
George, Diane, Peter and Family, your dad was a great man, always smiled and always friendly always said hello to us when we would see him, God Bless ,
Laura Crafford from Seekonk wrote on December 31, 2020 at 8:42 am:
We are deeply saddened to hear of this passing. We have wonderful memories of your family. May time heal your pain and always bring a Loving smile in remembrance of your Dad & Grandfather.
Vicki (Campatelli) Silveira and Family from Seekonk wrote on December 31, 2020 at 8:10 am:
George and Family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.
Lisa Curtis and Family from rehoboth wrote on December 30, 2020 at 5:31 pm:
Dear George and Diane, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. He was such a nice man. I enjoyed the times that I got to talk to him. Thinking of you and your family at this time.
Lulu StAngelo and Family from Barrington wrote on December 30, 2020 at 4:56 pm:
George and Family so sorry to hear about your Father,very nice Man we love coming to the Restaurant and seeing him our prayers are with you and your Family.
Lulu StAngelo and Family from Barrington wrote on December 30, 2020 at 4:56 pm:
George and Family so sorry to hear about your Father,very nice Man we love coming to the Restaurant and seeing him our prayers are with you and your Family.
Steven Gianlorenzo from East Providence wrote on December 30, 2020 at 4:46 pm:
To the Mihailides Family So sorry for your loss may God Bless