George Kalathas is an accomplished artist and pioneer of the Athonite Printmaking movement. He specializes in reproducing limited editions from original plates through screenprinting techniques.
State police are searching for Justin Lee Hockenberry as a person of interest in the death of Demetrios George Kalathas, who was found deceased inside his car in Lurgan Township.
Early Life and Education
George Kalathas was a self-made businessman who began in the food service industry. Ultimately, he opened an acclaimed pizza joint in Shepherdstown that attracted both locals and college kids from far and wide. Additionally, he made numerous charitable contributions to both his community and State of Maryland. Most sadly, George passed away early October; he is survived by sons Michael G. Kalathas of Chambersburg and Nicholaos G. Kalathas of Shippensburg as well as sister Maria Pettas of Sharpsburg along with several nieces and nephews.
Demetrios George Kalathas had a long and successful career in the pizza business. For five decades, he owned and operated his shop at Mill and German streets in Shepherdstown, West Virginia; feeding generations of students and local residents alike with delicious meals that warmed their hearts.
News of Kalathas’ passing spread quickly, leaving his friends to grieve. On Sunday morning police discovered a 2003 Lincoln Town Car that had been reported missing Friday; inside it they discovered Kalathas’ body. The State Police Major Case Team at Chambersburg is leading the investigation and has identified Justin Lee Hockenberry as a person of interest. Hockenberry is wanted on felony charges of receiving stolen property and illegal sale or transfer of a firearm, police stated.
Achievements and Honors
George Kalathas was a successful businessman who opened two pizza parlors along Shepherdstown’s East German Street. He became an integral part of the community and his customers became like family to him.
He always made it a priority to hire those in need. Additionally, his strong work ethic and eagerness for improvement were testaments to how much he valued his businesses.
He was an extraordinary Renaissance Man with the remarkable gift of vision, inspiring those around him with his inspiring outlook on life.
He was predeceased by his wife Lambriny Lainas Kalathas and son Demetrios “Jimmy” Kalathas. Survived by son Michael G. Kalathas of Chambersburg, PA; son Nicholaos G. Kalathas also of Chambersburg; daughter Christina Kalathas from Shippensburg PA; six grandchildren Odessa Jace Niko Dexter Lambriny Abby Kalathas; four brothers Charle Kalathas (wife Alex), Tom Kalathas (wife Demetra), John Kalathas (wife Helen) all of Chambersburg; brother Tony Kalathas (wife Bonnie) of St Thomas PA; along with numerous nieces and nephews he loved dearly.
George always prioritized time for his family, despite a busy career. He was a father to three, husband to one and grandfather to many. Survived by sons Michael G. Kalathas of Shepherdstown, W.Va.; Demetrios “Jimmy” Kalathas and Nicholaos G. Kalathas; daughter Christina Kalathas of Shippensburg, Pa; six grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews he never met.
Carol Smart, a sociologist, believes people have the capacity to construct new forms of ‘family’ through connections with friends, colleagues, pets or even important figures in their religion. These relationships can be more meaningful than bloodlines-based bonds because they are founded on shared experiences.
George Kalathas made a living selling pizzas and other foods along East German Street in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. He hails from Greece and immigrated here during the 1970s. On the outside, he may have seemed hardworking but inside he truly was an angel – friends with many including Garth Janssen whom he shared many laughs and drinks with over the years; one thing they both agreed on though was that they must share one last pizza before parting ways – it was truly the perfect farewell.