George Chopelas, long-time resident of Malden, passed away at
Wingate of Melrose Nursing Home on October 19, 2016. He was a
Valentine’s Day baby, and age 85 at the time of his passing.
He was the loving father of the late Christina
Nigro and the loving grandfather of the Leah Burns, as well as
two grandsons, Jay and James. He was the brother of Christine
Cugini, Christopher Chopelas, Virginia Beninati, Thomas Chopelas,
Timothy Chopelas, Vivian Chopelas, Maryellen Garland, Melanie
Strickland, Gregory Chopelas, Diane Dillon, as well as brother
of the late Lester Burnell, Stephen Chopelas, Cynthia Chopelas,
Stephanie Dillon, Rena Dillon, and Arthur Chopelas.
George served in the US Navy for four years, and
was a talented singer who appeared at clubs in Las Vegas and
Reno, Nevada and at other venues in California and across the
country under the stage name of George Curtis. Later in his life
he worked as a cook at the family business, Schopell’s Cafeteria
in Malden Square. He was a member of Club 24 and was a sponsor
and mentor to many in the AA Program in this area, as well as
working for a time as a Counselor in the program at Somerville
A gathering of family and friends will be held in
memory of George at Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144
Salem Street, Malden on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 6-9pm.