George P. Koulouris, 61, passed away on January 12th after a brief illness. His parents, Peter and Anna emigrated from Greece in 1959 by way of Montreal, Canada, where he and his brother Paul were raised before moving to Syracuse, NY in 1971. The family was naturalized as U.S. citizens and owned and operated Pete’s Luncheonette, Vanderbelt Deli, and Sparta Restaurant in downtown Syracuse over the course of 40 years.
George attended Henninger High School, where he enjoyed playing on the football team. He loved sports and watching Syracuse University football and basketball. George graduated from the Syracuse University School of Business and Management. Throughout his career he served as Vice President for several brokerage firms, then started his own firm, Equity Investments, under KCD. George envisioned and then revitalized a historic area of downtown Syracuse, where he owned and operated Daniel Webster’s Restaurant from 1990-1996. His dream was to bring fine dining culture, live jazz music, and sophistication to our city.
George was a member of St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, where he was active along with his family. He participated in many of its organizations over the years, watching their children grow in their faith and take part in the Greek culture. George was a loving husband and father, and is remembered for his generosity, compassion, and larger than life spirit.
He is survived by his wife Teresa of 36 years, their children Anna, Zoe (Peter John) Augustinos, Peter (Alexandra), and Nikolas, and his father Peter. He is predeceased by his mother Anna and brother Paul.
Funeral services will be held at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church at 9:30 am on Wednesday, January 19th and a private burial will take place at St. Nektarios Monastery. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church in DeWitt, NY or St. Nektarios Monastery in Roscoe, NY.