George James Ballas passed away on March 1, 2022, peacefully surrounded by his beloved family and listening to his favorite songs. He fiercely battled a lengthy illness for the last two years, surprising the medical staff with his grit and determination.
He was born on December 24, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pa. He was a very proud graduate from Central High School, Class 228. He continued his education at Temple University where he graduated with an accounting degree. He went on to a successful C.P.A. career for 48 years, having run his own firm for over 30 of those years.
Being very proud of his Greek heritage, George was active in the Greek Orthodox community of Annunciation Church and the greater Philadelphia area. He served as the president of the church parish council as well as multiple terms as the church treasurer, and was instrumental in organizing the church festivals for many years. He was very proud of his two children, Stephanie and Jim, and through them was active with the youth of the community, often organizing and chaperoning events when possible.
George enjoyed traveling, playing cards, watching sports, playing practical jokes and had a passion for good music and good food. He was an authentic Philadelphian with a truly kind heart and the gift of gab. He always had a smile on his face and never had a bad day – they were always “fabulous.” He had an enduring impact on those he knew and loved, challenging those around him with his quick wit, sarcasm and good humor.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Karla. He is also survived by his children, daughter Stephanie Fellenz of Doylestown, and son Jim Ballas (Heidi) of Beverly Hills, Ca., as well as Justin Spahr (Melissa) and Kristen Keiner (Nicholas), through his second marriage. He adored all of his grandchildren Everett, Ezra, Benjamin, and Kameryn. He is survived by his sister Sally and sister-in-law Mary. He is welcomed into heaven by his parents and his brother and eternal confidante, Louie.
Friends and family are welcome to attend his viewing from 10am to 11:30 am on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 7921 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, Pa 19027. His funeral service will take place at 11:30am in the church. His interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Church.