In July, Æthelmearc saw the passing of one of its beloved populace, Lord George the Greek. The announcement came from his Daughter, Baroness Isolda filia Georgii.

“My Dad, George Petrakos, known in the SCA as Lord George the Greek passed from this world shortly after midnight. I was able to be in the room with him and he passed so quietly and peacefully…Thank you to everyone who has been so kind and supportive to me, my Dad and all of our immediate family. We are truly blessed with the most kind and wonderful cadre of friends, family and family of the heart that anyone could ever dream of”!

Lord George joined the SCA late in life, but it did not slow him down or limit him. Lord George was made famous in a Pennsic Independent article when he attended his first Pennsic at the age of 92!

Is George the Greek the Oldest Person at Pennsic?

George Petrakos with His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent at the 150th Anniversary of the Lorne

In the SCA many of us play the part of the brave hero, but for Lord George this was no fiction. Lord George served in the Canadian Armed Forces with the Lorne Scots Regiment during World War II, serving during the Liberation of Holland. In 2015 he was chosen as a delegate representing the Canadian Armed Forces to go to the Netherlands for the 70th Anniversary commemoration of the Liberation of Holland.

The Liberation of the Netherlands

Highlights from VE ceremony in the Netherlands

For those who will be at Pennsic, there will be a memorial shield in remembrance of “Lord George the Greek” on the Pennsic Memorial Ship on Thursday, August 8, 2019, weather permitting.

 

Peaceful journey Lord George. You continue to shine as a wonderful light not only on the people you met in the SCA, but on a world which was made a better place by your life.