George Makroulakis

george makroulakis

April 15, 1943 ~ March 24, 2021

Makroulakis, George, age 77, a 60 year resident of Fort Lee, passed peacefully on Wednesday March 24, 2021. Born in New York City, he moved to Fort Lee during his high school years. George was known to most as G. Mak or Mr. Mak. He was a graduate of Fort Lee High School Class of 1960. After high school, George attended the New York Aeronautical School where he perfected his craft as a mechanic. George then joined the military and was a proud veteran of the US. Navy. After completing his tour in the Navy, George began his career in the automotive industry. Starting out as a mechanic for Volkswagen, George’s hard work, determination and devotion earned him the position of Vice President of Operations of Penske Automotive Group. George was a respected member of the community and loved giving back to the town he called his home, Fort Lee. He was a member and former Chief of the Fort Lee Fire Department Company #2, and was a Special Police Officer #390 for the Fort Lee Police Department. George was also a volunteer baseball coach for the Fort Lee National Little League. He served on the Fort Lee Board of Education and the Fort Lee Board of Adjustments. He was also a member and current Senior Vice Commander of the Fort Lee VFW Post #2342. George was a pillar to the Fort Lee community and will be missed by all that knew him.

A beloved husband of 57 years to Jane (nee: Ritchy). Devoted father of Greg and his wife Nanci and Jay and his wife Jennifer. Cherished Papou of Kyle, Tyler, Jillian, and Jace. Adored uncle of Christine Caruso.

The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-6 pm at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street (opposite the Fort Lee Library). If attending the funeral, please gather for the funeral procession on Monday at 10:45 am in the funeral home parking lot. The procession will leave at 11am. Interment will take place at the George Washington Memorial in Paramus at 11:30 am. If so desired, donations may be made to either the Fort Lee Fire Department Company #2, 2481 Lemoine Avenue, Fort Lee, NJ 07024 or the Fort Lee VFW Cairola-Barber Post #2342, 250 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. For condolences, directions, or information (201)944-0100 or


Funeral Service: March 29, 2021 10:30 am

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Visitation at Funeral Home: March 28, 2021 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

George Washington Memorial Park.
Paramus & Century Roads
Paramus, NJ 07653-0021

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  1. Our deepest sympathy to Jane,Greg,Jay and their families on the passing of George.He was a lifelong friend,neighbor and mentor in the Fire Dept.I have countless memories of our times together!Iam glad that his suffering is over and that he is resting peaceful in the arms of the Lord.May his family find solace!Fair winds and following seas Doctor Makrou. You will be missed but never forgotten!Sincerely,Tom and Patti Dalton

  2. My deepest condolences to his family. Throughout his journey here on earth he has touched the hearts of many and was fully respected by all. I enjoyed working with him and Greg . George will never be forgotten
    May you Rest In Peace my friend I will miss our phone conversations

  3. Mr. Makroulakis, I always enjoyed seeing you and speaking with you. Every year you would come down to Leonia and buy a holiday tree at the Sports Boosters tree sale, even though you lived in Fort Lee. I knew it was because that was the kind of guy you were, you wanted to help and be supportive. We all knew that about you. Each time I saw you, we wouldn't talk for long but it was always light and funny, and I always felt the better for it. I would always address you by your formal name, Mr. Makroulakis. After telling me to call you George the first couple of times, you let it go. You knew that I was just trying to show you respect, and you were OK with it. Such a good guy. Rest in peace Mr. Makroulakis. Our deepest sympathies to Mrs. Makroulakis, Greg, Jay and the entire Makroulakis family. May your pain be eased by your wonderful memories of him. God Bless. Brad & Noreen Wilds.

  4. my condolences to the Georges family, my he rest in peace.. his family and mine go way back.

  5. Sending our sincere condolences for the loss of an amazing person. We are grateful for having been neighbors and friends to your family. You will always have a special place in our memories. Stephanie (Compasso) and Sean

  6. Dear Jane, Greg, Nanci, Jay, Jen, Kyle, Tyler, Jillian and Jace –

    I'm very sorry for your loss of your beloved husband, father, father-in-law and Papou. Although I only knew George for a short period of time, I could see the love he had for all of you and how he loved to be with his family and especially his grandchildren! May you find comfort and support of family and friends during the months to come to get you through. He will always be with you and watching over you all.

    It was beautiful service and a wonderful tribute to George. He will be missed.

    Bree Turturro

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