Mr. George Hekimian, age 90, of Tampa, FL, died surrounded by his family, just days short of his 91st birthday on January 18, 2020. He is predeceased by his wife Nelly. He is survived by his daughter Elizabeth, son-in-law Dan, daughter Silvia and son Raul; grandchildren Cory, Kayla, Elena, Adrienne, and Lauren, and their spouses; and great-grandchild Aria with another on the way. Affectionately called “Abuelito” by his family, George was born to Armenian immigrants in Uruguay. He grew up there and in Argentina where he went to college and studied law while working as an accountant to help support his family. He met and married his beloved wife Nelly and they shared a great love for over 53 years. He was her devoted caretaker during her final years.
George and his bride immigrated to New York where he learned English and proudly became a U.S. citizen. He turned out to be an excellent salesman. He sold religious statues, encyclopedias (becoming a manager and winning awards), and then insurance. Next, George and his wife became Real Estate Brokers and ran their own company. He continued in Real Estate after moving to Florida. George was always well-dressed, an excellent mathematician and multi-lingual, speaking 6 languages. He enjoyed learning about the best health supplements and recommending them to family and friends. Optimistic, he would even invite people to his 140th birthday celebration! George’s favorite activities included traveling, collecting wines, visiting casinos, dancing tangos with his wife, and family time. George also enjoyed scouring the supermarket for the best deals! In his 80’s (showing us it’s never too late to start something new), George started exercise classes at the YMCA.
George had a very kind heart and helped family and acquaintances move to the U.S., offering his home for their housing despite strained finances. He encouraged his children and grandchildren to pursue higher education and seek loving relationships. George was a great role model for many virtues: working hard to get ahead; being strong and persistent despite challenges (he was affectionately called “Superboy” for this); speaking assertively and being your own self-advocate; and being true to your word. He also demonstrated how to love deeply and unselfishly. He was rich in the love of his family and will be greatly missed.
The family will receive friends Friday, January 24, 2020 from 9AM-10AM followed by a service at 10AM at the chapel of Holloway Funeral Home, 112 S Bayview Blvd, Oldsmar, FL 34677 Interment to follow
The family prefers in lieu of flowers that any donations in memory of George be made to AGBU Armenian General Benevolent Union… https://donate.agbu.org/tribute-donation
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