George Lukon, a resident of Venice, Fla., passed peacefully from this life Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the age of 91. Before moving to Venice in 1999, George and his wife, Liana, were longtime residents of Fort Salonga, N.Y., and Kent, Conn.
The son of immigrant parents, George grew up in poverty on the streets of the Lower East Side of New York City. He was a military veteran of World War II, serving as first sergeant in the 301st Bomber Group, 15th Air Force, of the U.S. Army Air Corps in North Africa and Italy from 1940 to 1945.
Returning from the war, George found both love and success in life. The love came in the form of Liana, his dear sweetheart and wife of nearly 62 years. His success was as a small-business owner and entrepreneur.
Establishing his postwar business roots in Commack, N.Y., George owned and operated one of the first Carvel Ice Cream stores in the country, created and operated a locally famous and very successful hamburger restaurant called Buddy Burgers and later launched a successful travel agency.
George was predeceased by Liana, who died in Venice, Fla., in 2008, and by his granddaughter Brianna Ravener, who died in 1985.
He is survived by his five children, George, Lynne, Richard, Diane and Lisa; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was devoted to his family, and to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren he was simply the best Grandpa on earth. They will hold him close in their hearts forever.
Services: A celebration of George’s life will be held in the chapel at Farley Funeral Home, Venice, Fla., at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10. Farley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. To send condolences, visit: FarleyFuneralHome.com.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project at: Support.WoundedWarriorProject.org.