George J. Arraj
Mr. George J. Arraj, 93, passed away Saturday May 5th surrounded by his loving wife of sixty-two years, Antoinette and their family.
George was born on May 3, 1925 in Worcester, a son of the late Eli and Julia (Sayegh) Arraj.
A lifelong resident, George was educated through the Worcester schools, graduating from Worcester Vocational Trade School with a license in plumbing and heating. He went on to own and operate Arraj Plumbing and Heating, serving many homes on Grafton Hill and greater Worcester. As one of the founding members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Worcester, George was instrumental in applying his trade in donating and helping the Church with many of their heating and plumbing needs.
George was a faithful member and a regular attendee of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. He enjoyed playing cards with his many friends at the Syrian- American Club. George was very involved in local politics, advising the City Councilors on many ways on how to run the City of Worcester. He was an avid Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics fan.
He was a dedicated family man who will be missed dearly by all. Many thanks and deep appreciation to the caretakers that have helped in George’s care the past several years; the professionals at Summit Elder Care, to Leslie Boulette and Holly for their care and dedication, and to all the therapists, health aides, Christopher House, doctors, nurses, and Safeway drivers that worked with George in keeping him healthy,safe, and cared for. And special thanks to Patti Lindberg for her care and compassion.
George is survived by his loving wife Antoinette (Ghazal) Arraj, his son, George Arraj Jr. and his wife Tracy, his two daughters, Joyce Hitchcock and her husband Peter, and Lisa Jagielski; five grandchildren whom he cherished, Julia Arraj, George Antoun Arraj, Robert Jagielski, Alissa Jagielski, and Rachel Hitchcock; he leaves, three brothers in law, George, Robert and Nabil Ghazal; a sister in law, Samyra Azar; and many nieces and nephews.
George was pre-deceased by his brothers, Fred, James, and William Arraj, his sister, Samyra Arraj Sopp, and his son in law, Alfred Jagielski whom he loved like a son.
His funeral will take place on Wednesday, May 9th at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday morning from 9:00am to 11:30am in the Church. A funeral service will follow at 11:30 am. Interment will be in St John’s Cemetery. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, memorial donations may be made in his memory to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 256 Hamilton St., Worcester, MA 01604 or to Summit Elder Care, 277 Mountain St East, Worcester, Ma. 01606. Funeral arrangements under the direction of FAZIO FUNERAL HOME, Louis M. Fazio III, director. For condolences please visit www.faziofuneralhome.com