Bluffton, South Carolina – Beloved George John Bekampis, 86, died suddenly at his home in Bluffton, SC on Sunday, June 12, 2022. He was born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania to the late Anna and Charles Bekampis on July 24, 1935.
George graduated from GAR High School, Wilkes Barre, in 1953. He attended Kings College, Wilkes Barre for two years and then earned his BS degree from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN in Electrical Engineering in 1957. His time there shaped his passion for high standards and for the Fighting Irish. Early in his career at Philco in Philadelphia, he was a pioneer in early computer design. Later, he spent many successful years with Honeywell and Bull Information Systems in Massachusetts. Recognized as a problem solver and inventor, George was responsible for two important data processing design patents.
After living in Sudbury and Northborough, MA for 40 years, he and Lucille retired to Sun City, Bluffton, Hilton Head SC. While there, he was active in the Alumni Club at the University of Notre Dame at Hilton Head, including several years as president. He was very active in promoting the annual golf tournament which raised scholarship funds for three local Catholic schools. For many years he chaired the selection committee for a local teacher to attend a three-day seminar at the University of Notre Dame.
George enjoyed the camaraderie of sports, including golf, recording a ‘hole-in-one’ at Okatie Creek in 2015 and playing tennis with his local group known as the ‘Geezers’. He always loved nature and developed a love for fly fishing later in life, even tying his own flies.
He is survived by his wife Lucille of 59 years, three children and seven grandchildren. Daughter, Carol Ann and husband Paul McGowan, Southborough MA, daughter Rebecca Murray and husband Micheal, North Hampton NH, son Kenneth Charles Bekampis and wife Lara, Mansfield MA, grandchildren Alisa and Kelsey McGowan, Michael, Kaylee and Jaimie Murray, Jack and Joseph Bekampis. He was predeceased by his parents Anna and Charles Bekampis, his sister Dorothy, Middletown CT, and his brother Francis Bekampis, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 31 St. Gregory Drive, Bluffton, SC on Friday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m.
A funeral service will be held in Sudbury, MA at a later date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to: St. Gregory the Great Catholic School Scholarship Fund, 38 St. Gregory Drive, Bluffton, SC 29909. Attn: Principal.
Sauls Funeral Home of Bluffton, SC helped with the arrangements.