George Zahakos, 74, 28-year US Customs Service special operations officer

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George Zahakos
George Zahakos

George Zahakos, of Ocean Isle Beach, died peacefully on Oct. 9, 2015, in Wilmington at the age of 74.

He is survived by Elissa Zahakos, his loving wife of 48 years, of Ocean Isle Beach; daughter and son-in-law, Christina and Dennis Rice, of Vienna, Virginia; daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and David Horner, of Ashburn, Virginia; adoring grandchildren, Megan, Madeleine and Nicholas Hovis and Carmen, Maya, Nathanial and William Horner; and many nieces, nephews and cousins within the United States and in Greece.

George was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mersina Zahakos; sister, Sophia Drosopoulos; and brother, Harry Zahakos.

George was born on July 8, 1941, in Yonkers, New York. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1962 and was a graduate of the RCA Institute in New York. He married his sweetheart, Elissa, in 1967. They moved to Maryland and soon after, George began his career in the U.S. Customs Service as a special operations officer. George and Elissa settled in Falls Church, Virginia, their home of 33 years.

George retired from the U.S. Customs Service after 28 years of service in 1999, but continued working in private industry until 2009. George and Elissa retired together in Ocean Isle Beach, where they built a home for their family to enjoy. George enjoyed travel with Elissa, cooking with an appreciation for many cuisines, gardening and reading. Above all, George was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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