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George Bokas

George Victor Bokas

Monday, June 3rd, 1929 - Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
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Obituary

George Victor Bokas, 90 years old, of Gulf Breeze, FL fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. He was born in Pensacola, FL on June 3, 1929 to Xanthe and Victor Bokas. George graduated from Pensacola High School in 1947 and the University of Florida School of Pharmacy in 1951. George was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon at UF and a supportive Gator alumnus. Upon graduation he served as a pharmacist at Eglin Air Force Base. It was on those drives from Pensacola to Eglin that George was inspired to open a pharmacy in Gulf Breeze. In 1956, George established Bokas Pharmacy, which served the first five hundred residents of Gulf Breeze, FL. George partnered with Max Jordan to open the iconic Bokas-Jordan Pharmacy in 1960. George truly loved serving the community of Gulf Breeze as a pharmacist and welcomed all who came into the drugstore and soda fountain with his big smile.
One Sunday in 1954, George spotted Aspasia Anetopoulos in Church and knew he wanted to marry her. They married in 1955 in Pensacola, FL and spent 64 years together building a beautiful marriage and family.
George had many philanthropic and professional endeavors. He was a devout member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. His love for the Lord and outreach inspired George and Aspasia along with their brothers and sisters in Christ to establish a mission church in Pensacola, FL. For the past thirteen years, George also enjoyed being a faithful member of St. Andrew the Apostle Antiochian Orthodox Church. George was an active member of the Gulf Breeze Rotary Club and served on many other Boards and committees in leadership positions.
He was a career long member of the Florida Pharmacy Association and honored with the prestigious “Bowl of Hygeia” Award in 1991 for his outstanding community service. One of his proudest accomplishments was maintaining an active pharmacy license until he was 89 years old.
George was an avid golfer. His golfing highlights include four holes in one and sharing his love for the game of golf with his friends and grandsons. As one of the original residents and business owners of Gulf Breeze, George delighted in telling stories, such as serving with the first volunteer fire department.
George is preceded in death by his parents Xanthe and Victor Bokas and his brother John Bokas. George is survived by his loving wife Aspasia, children Sonthe (Greg) Burge and Victor Bokas, three grandchildren Ryan (Libby) Burge, Paul (Katie) Burge, Sophie Burge, great grandchildren, Beatrice Burge, Margaret Burge, Anne Marie Burge and older brother Fotios Victor Bokas.
Visitation for George will be held at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1720 West Garden Street, Pensacola, FL on Thursday, March 12th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm with Trisagon at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral service will be at 11:00 am Friday, March 13th at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Officiants will include Fr. Sampson Kasapakis, Fr. David Bleam, Fr. Matthew Carter and Fr. Dean Gigicos. Immediately following the funeral, we will proceed to St. John’s Cemetery for the interment and return to the church hall afterwards for the Makaria.
Pallbearers will be Gary Tringas, Jim Tringas, Ryan Burge, Paul Burge, Shane Crowley, Mark Sfanos and Michael Papadelias. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Poulos, Greg Young, John Scapin, Alan Ford, Dan Ross, and Michael Stamitoles.
In lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Andrew The Apostle Antiochian Church, 5501 North “W” Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 or Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1720 West Garden Street, Pensacola, FL 32502.
WATERS & HIBBERT FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 12th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, March 12th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
    Address
    1720 W Garden Street
    Pensacola, Florida 32502
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  • Service

    Friday, March 13th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, March 13th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
    Address
    1720 W Garden Street
    Pensacola, Florida 32502
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Ilona Kistemaker,

Posted at 12:00am
Thank you Mr. Bokas for your years of service to the Gulf Breeze Community. We always loved going into your pharmacy and seeing all the unique items. May you Rest in Peace in the arms of our Lord and Savior. God will protect your family.Ilona Kistemaker and family ofDoris Olson Ferguson. ~ Ilona Kistemaker, Buckeye, Arizona
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Mike Lewis,

Posted at 12:00am
After all these years I still have very warm memories of Mr. Bokas, whom I met shortly after my family moved to Gulf Breeze in 1956. He always greeted his customers as friends, and in 1966 he and Max Jordan gave me my first job that didn't entail mowing lawns or baby sitting. My condolences to his family and friends. ~ Mike Lewis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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The Webb's,

Posted at 12:00am
Mr. George Bokas was a great man.May God be with the family during this most difficult time. ~ The Webb's, Navarre, Florida
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Karen Box Rusling,

Posted at 12:00am
I was one of the " lucky ones", lucky enough to grow up next door to the Bokas family and lucky enough to have Mr Bokas in my daily life. He ALWAYS had a smile and a kind word and he ALWAYS made you feel special. To this day I still do some of the things I learned from him like taking a vitamin and a Cod Liver Oil pill everyday. I remember me, Sonthe and Victor piling in his old blue Volkswagon beetle with no AC for a quick run to the pharmacy where everyone there knew the entire town by their first name. I look back and marvel at how so very blessed i was to have Mr Bokas and his family in my life and all the lessons and values i learned from them and carry with me to this day....yes i was one of the " lucky ones". Fly high Mr Bokas!!! I will love you always!!! ~ Karen Box Rusling, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Marguerite Fernandes,

Posted at 12:00am
I did not know Mr. Bokas personally, but whenever I happened to see him he always made me feel that he knew me and actually loved me even though we were just passing acquaintances. ~ Marguerite Fernandes, Gulf Breeze, Florida
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