George C. Tonas

  • Born: December 1, 1928
  • Died: June 23, 2015
  • Location: New Hampshire

Cate & Johnson Funeral Home

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Tel. (603) 625-5777

Tribute & Message From The Family

George C. Tonas, 86, of Manchester, NH, died on June 23, 2015 at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester.

A native and lifelong resident of Manchester, he was the son of the late Costas A. & Regina (Aubertin) Tonas. George served in the Army from 1951-1953 with the 518 Combat Engineers during the Korean Conflict. He worked at Anchor Electric for 36 years until his retirement. George was known as the prankster around Anchor. There wasn’t a person George didn’t pull a practical joke on.

Mr. Tonas was a devoted member of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church since childhood and has served the church in various capacities, including on the parish council board from 1993-1996. He was awarded the Diocese of Boston Laity Award in 1995. He devoted countless hours helping at the Greek Festival every year and where ever he was needed. He was a member of the NOA Club and the Fourka Society.

George was an avid local sports enthusiast, attending games at Gill Stadium almost nightly. He could be seen sitting behind home plate cheering all teams on, no matter who was playing. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather great grandfather, and lifelong friend to many.

Predeceased by his wife Josephine (Brewer) Tonas, he is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Costas L. and Sharon J. (Hull) Tonas of Fremont, NH, George A. & Jeanne M. (Auger) Tonas of Manchester, NH and his son James W. Tonas of Manchester, NH, a sister, Catherine Henderson of Las Vegas, NV and a brother, William Tonas of Las Vegas, NV, 5 grandchildren, Brittany Swanson, Christina Lauzon, Cassandra Tonas, Kristopher Tonas and Alexandria Tonas as well as 3 great grandchildren Shawn Lauzon, Gregory Swanson II, and Kennedi Rose Tonas.

Calling hours will be Saturday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Manchester.

Funeral Service will be conducted on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. Entombment will follow at Pine Grove Mausoleum Chapel in Manchester.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Assumption Church, 111 Island Pond Road, Manchester, NH 03109 as well as to Home, Health & Hospice Care, 7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054.

Cate & Johnson Funeral Service of Manchester is directing arrangements.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

I am sorry to hear about your loss. I can remember Ubcle George with great fondnest.

Posted by Bryan Prindiville - Lake Worth, FL   June 28, 2015

George,  I'm sorry to hear about your father, I was away for the weekend at a wedding of a friend, so I could not make it to the wake or funeral.

Posted by Dan Bernier    June 27, 2015

Dear Sharon, Costas and family,
Our deepest condolences. So sorry to hear of Mr. Tonas's passing.
Tom, Ida, Emma and Hannah

Posted by A friend   June 27, 2015

It was truly an honor to have known Mr. Tonas. He always had a smile for me and would not leave the office without a hug. Hid family was his greatest love and he would tell me stories about them all the time. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Dr Christine Cochrane    June 27, 2015

My Dad's dear friend....RIP George. Such a wonderful man. Sympathy to the Tonas family.

Posted by Irene Biron - Concord, NH   June 27, 2015

Jim, I'm sorry to hear the loss of you dad. Please accept my heartfelt condolences to you & your family. May the soul of your father rest in peace.

Posted by Kaye Slack    June 26, 2015

Jimmy,Costas, and George, you were blessed to have a Dad that understood what being a "Dad" was all about. I was jeolous and at the same time envious of you guys. He became a 2nd father to me and a dear friend. I could always get a smile or laugh out of him. Geoge was a caring and loving man who was not afraid to show it. I respected and admired his tenacity these past few years. The will to live was evident each day as he battled to be on this earth. The summer of 2013 little George and I took him to the lake for a ride in my boat, his long gray hair blew through the wind as he sat there smiling and enjoying the fresh air. It was a special day.
In closing I will miss my friend dearly, as will alot of other people. Remember to define friend in a dictionary all you need is a picture of my friend George.

Posted by Ray LeBrun - Manchester, NH   June 26, 2015

Cassie and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. With my Deepest Sympathy.

Posted by Corrine Cassavaugh - Barnstead, NH   June 26, 2015

George & Family
My deepest sysmpathies go out to you
and your family

Posted by Debbie Chiras - Chester, NH   June 26, 2015

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever. I will always remember George as well dressed, personable gentleman with a great sense of humor.
Sharp as a tack, when I met George as a new member of the extended family, he recalled meeting me a decade earlier - and he was right. We had in fact met, he a customer, I an employee of Market Basket at the time.
Just last summer, as he came to my home to enjoy some July 4th fireworks, we had a small mishap, and a good amount of fireworks shot directly towards where he was seated. While everyone else scattered for safety, George remained seated with a smile on his face as fireworks exploded all around him. When it was all done, and the smoke cleared, he laughed it off, and joked that he thought he was back in Korea!
God Bless him. He is finally home with his wife again.
To the family he leaves behind, you have my thoughts and prayers as well.

Posted by Kevin Shea - Amherst, NH   June 26, 2015

Our deepest sympathies to the Tonas family. He was a wonderful man. May His Memory Be Eternal!!

Posted by Natalie Kobashar MacLeod - Pepperell, MA   June 26, 2015

The family of Wanda and John Krochmal express deepest sympathy to all of you.  Mom (Wanda) worked with your dad at Anchor Electric for many years.  They were real buddies.  Janice Krochmal Kane and Linda Krochmal Halias

Posted by janice kane    June 25, 2015