George Bougatsos, 88, of Sayville, New York died on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Born in Athens, Greece, George served in the Greek Air Force where he played on their national soccer team. He then played for Fostiras Futbol Club and signed with AEK Athens. He later emigrated to Canada and then to the United States. On Madison Avenue in New York City, George owned and operated Bogat Handbags. For the past 40 years, he owned and operated Smithtown Shoe Repair on Long Island, working until Covid restrictions forced the business to close. He never retired.
Mr. Bougatsos is survived by his wife, Cheryl, and their children, Elizabeth Bougatsos and her partner, Brian De Graw, of New York City; and Christina Bougatsos, and her husband Doug Clauder, of Portland, Oregon, and their children George and Louis Walter. From a previous marriage, George is survived by his children, Viki Bougatsos, and her husband Ioannis Kontis, of Greece, and their children Georgios and Nikolas; and Louis Bougatsos of Southampton, New York, and his children Danielle, Christopher, and Isabella.
In lieu of flowers, donations made in memory of Mr. Bougatsos to St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church, 77 Montauk Hwy, Blue Point, New York 11715, are appreciated.
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