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George P Chronis
June 20, 1924 - November 22, 2021
Obituary For George P Chronis
George Chronis, 97, lifelong resident of Peabody, passed peacefully in his sleep, 22 November 2021.
George lived a full and exciting life, a life spanning eleven decades from 1924 to 2021. He grew up in a time we would not see again with icemen, fish mongers, and green grocers plying their trades on the neighborhood streets, milk delivery from a wagon, horse-drawn snowplows, and vibrant immigrant families together in the larger community.
He saw and experienced firsthand major world events and was a Purple Heart veteran, having served in the US Army in the Pacific in WWII on a tramp steamer delivering defense goods for the Army, with the occasional run with such things as a boat full of cigarettes and beer, that ran round trips from Brisbane Australia to Port Moresby New Guinea.
Prior to his military service he worked in Detroit at the Dodge factory as well as Ford Aircraft. Upon returning from service, a paternal uncle offered him funding start a business. He began a small dry-cleaning business with his brother Ernie. Later with his youngest brother Jimmy, the business expanded to Royal Cleaners on Lowell Street, across from the Peabody High School now stands.
After closing the business in the late 70’s, he worked in a variety of jobs but would go back to dry cleaning working for many shops, eventually retiring nearly 30 years ago.
George was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Angelina (Perrotis), his wife Charlotte (Metropolis) Chronis, and all his younger siblings Ernest Chronis, James Chronis, and Anna Nekolopoulos. He is survived by his immediate and extended family, his daughter Angela Hastings and her partner Tom Fitzpatrick, his son Peter Chronis, his granddaughter Haley Hastings, his step grandsons Christopher Fitzpatrick and Mason Hastings, in-laws Georgia Metropolis, Anna Chronis, Marion Chronis, James and Sophie Metropolis, along with several nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and great-grand nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday from 5:00 until 8:00 PM at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St, Peabody and his Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday at 9:45 AM at the funeral home to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to either, Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org or St. Labrie Indian School at www.stlabre.org
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I love you Papou and I'm thankful to have had you in my life for as long as I did, even though it still doesn't feel like enough time. I'll miss our donut runs and our lunch dates. And I'll miss hearing your stories and just hearing your voice. Life won't be the same without you in it. I'm going to miss you so much, but I hope you're with Yiayia now and eating all the donuts and turnovers your heart desires.
I met George in 2003 when he volunteered for the veterans history project via Peabody Institute Library. George had the best stories and what a collection of photographs from his time in the Pacific theater. Text in touch with him over here and felt blessed and grateful to call him a friend. He was family man devoted to his wife children and granddaughter. He often joked about having grand dogs as well. George was a truly special man with a heart of gold and the best of The Greatest Generation. I will truly miss him and our conversations and visits. .
George willl be missed at Peabody House. He was a true gentleman and one of the best good guys! R.I.P. George! We will miss your humor and concern for others. Lucie & Anthony Consentino
I remember waiting in line to pay at Market Basket.... Someone bumped me with the carriage from behind.... Figured it was an accident and didn't acknowledge it... Next thing you know, I got hit three more times in a row... Look back thinking.... WTF!?! And of course, it was Uncle George smiling and laughing! Going to miss that smile.
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