Obituary for George Tom Peponis

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George Tom Peponis

December 13, 1957 - December 11, 2020

George Tom Peponis, age 62 of Gahanna, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday evening, December 11, 2020.

He was born on December 13th, 1957, in Columbus to Tom George Peponis, D.O. and Laverne Mary Ausbeck Peponis. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents Anastasia and Nicholas Peponis and Joseph Anthony and Annetta (Jankowski) Ausbeck, and father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Sylvia Johnson.

George loved his family, cooking amazing meals (and shopping for the perfect ingredients), fishing at Hoover Dam, Alum Creek, Lake Erie, and along the Florida coast, and watching the Cleveland Browns.

He was compassionate, loving, and stubborn, with a warm smile and laugh. Never at a loss for words, heʼd let you know what was on his mind and where you stood with him.

To his boys testament, he was an amazing father who taught them the love of fishing and the outdoors. Countless evenings on the boat with his sons created great memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

A lifelong Central Ohio resident, George was a 1976 graduate of The Columbus Academy and attended Ohio Wesleyan University.

George worked in the insurance industry for 40 years.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Jenifer Johnson Peponis, three sons, Tom (Margaret), George, Jr. (Kari), and Peter; grandsons Tommy and Baker Peponis; brothers, Nicholas Tom Peponis, D.O. (Sharla) of Powell, and Tom George Peponis, Jr., D.O., of Columbus; nephew Jordan, nieces Alexandra and Alaina; aunts, uncles, cousins; sisters- and brothers-in-law Christine Johnson, Mindy (Randy) Rausch, James (Angela) Johnson, and Scott (Pam Harrison) Johnson and their children and grandchildren; and good dog Scarlet.

Per Georgeʼs wishes there will be no services. In remembrance of George, do a good deed, share a laugh or a smile, or call a friend to say you care.


Per Georgeʼs wishes there will be no services.

Doug Nielsen posted on March 15, 2021

Jennifer and family, I am so sorry to hear so belatedly of Georges passing. George and I became friends through my association with my employers insurance relationship his employer. As the insurance buyer for my employer I became acquainted with George in a professional manner, which evolved into a friendship. We shared a common interest in stock car racing which led to traveling to various events nationwide. We also shared a common liking for a cold brew now and then ,one in particular being Labats Blue which one might catch us consuming at the Cornerstone Tavern in Gahanna. George was a good husband and father who always had his family in mind. George will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. My God bless his soul and family

Steve Moyer posted on December 23, 2020

Jen, George and Tom- My condolences to all of you on your loss. George was a great guy. I'll bet he is already scoping out the best fishing places in heaven and bragging about catching the biggest fish. We miss him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you guys.

Ed Avery posted on December 22, 2020

Dear Jenifer, Tommy, Jr. & Peter-I was and am so saddened by the loss of George so can’t imagine how difficult it must be for each of you. Unfortunately but not uncommonly he and I did not stay in touch as well as we should have and ultimately I barely knew you all. This adds to my grief. As I share childhood stories with others, without a doubt, George’s name comes up. After all, he (and his brothers) was my first and best friend from Old Post Rd. let alone anywhere Through tears I smiled as I read about the time spent fishing with you boys as that was an almost daily activity shared by George and me off our little cove on the Scioto River. I’m certain we both would have been better students as kids if we’d have hit the books more and baited the hook less. However, who do you know that has warm feelings and memories about doing homework in your room?! If you’re so inclined and when ready, off line, I’d love to share as many stupid but in my mind cherished adventures with my buddy and bf George as well as a couple touching pictures evidencing what I wrote of earlier. My address is included in this post. If you’d prefer a text, my number is (614) 216-4812. Warmest wishes to you all. Please know you’re in my thoughts

Trudi posted on December 21, 2020

George, Kari & Family- So sorry to hear about the loss your your dad and father in law. I loved the request to do a good deed. I hope you all are able to find peace and comfort over the coming days and weeks. Trudi

Tamara Frissora posted on December 21, 2020

Jenifer, we wish to offer our sincere condolences for George’s passing. It is so sad to hear and we hope the abundant love and memories will help you through this difficult time. You remain in our thoughts and prayers. Teri Oberst Tammy Frissora

Rebecca LaTorre Schmitt posted on December 19, 2020

I swam with George, Nick and Tom as kids and remember his hilarious personality, and propensity for getting in just a little bit of trouble! Mom LaVerne had a few eye rolls reserved for George even then. So sorry to hear this news, and heartfelt condolences to his loved ones.

Steven Wolff posted on December 18, 2020

Dear Jenny, I am so sorry for your loss my deepest sympathy and condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time. Steve

Shawn Bogenrief posted on December 18, 2020

Tom and Nick- So sorry to hear of your loss. Such great memories of growing up together; swimming, golf and times by the river. George was such a good person and will always have wonderful memories. Too young and thoughts to all of his family. Shawn and Anne Bogenrief, Dublin, Ohio

Michael Perrini posted on December 18, 2020

I will remember George as a fun person to be around who always had a smile on his face. He will be missed and we offer our condolences. -The Perrini Family

Jerry Cox posted on December 18, 2020

I am very sorry to hear the news. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

ANTHONY J SALAMON posted on December 18, 2020

My best wishes to Jennifer, Pete, George Jr. Tom, and the rest of the family. "PEP" was part of the first group of the "One of the Boys" group out of college. The McElroy Minister Gang. Oh, the fun we had! The occasional happy hour. The MM Christmas Party where I was known as the corporate "Rent - A - Date. I can't remember one of my dates. However, I can remember having a cocktail with Cliff, Tony, Greg, and PEP. And oh how we could make each other laugh! What fun we had! The Golf League. The golf banquets at Deercreek. PEP's boat. George taught me the joy of fishing. I caught my first white bass at Hoover while on George's boat. That's been at least 20 some years ago. To this day, whenever I am near any outdoors store and event, I can hear PEP say "Tone, there's only one fishing line out there...Trilene." And guess what, that's still the only line I buy. Every time I pass by a used boat for sale I think of PEP and the advice he gave me on buying one. I'm still waiting for the right one because of his council. And how can I forget one of my greatest wrestling victories by attending WrestleMania (3, 4, 5 or whichever one it was) at the House of Peponis dressed in a full length robe and mask while being titled as "The Masked Meatball"! PEP was the creator of "TSP". A nickname I still go by in certain circles. A chunk of me is gone. This loss runs deep. However, I will always have a smile on my face and give out a slight chuckle when I think of PEP.

Jim and Lisa Gatterdam posted on December 17, 2020

Dear Peponis Family, So sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of the good times we had together. George was a fun loving friend who genuinely cared about people. He will be sorely missed. With sympathy and prayers, Jim and Lisa Gatterdam

Cheryl Creamer Mace posted on December 17, 2020

Dear Jenny I’m so sorry for your loss and will pray for peace and serenity for you and your wonderful family. I love you dearly, Sincerely as ever,

Gail Avery Keller posted on December 17, 2020

Tom, Nick and family, this morning I learned of George’s passing from my brother, Ed Avery. I am so sorry for your loss. You all undoubtedly knew our sister, Joy, more than you did me — I am their older sister. I surely remember the Peponis boys, though, and how many afternoons Ed and ‘Georgie’ spent together. You were wonderful neighbors and playmates. May God bless you with his peace.

Kris Brant posted on December 17, 2020

Jenny, I am so sorry to hear about your husband's passing. It sounds like he was a great father and taught his sons to love and respect nature. I cannot imagine how difficult it is to lose your husband after so many years together. You have a wonderful family and so many friends to help you through the times ahead. You and your family are in my prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

Gardner Dunn posted on December 17, 2020

My thoughts & prayers go out to George’s family/ friends wishing you for better days ahead—-RIP George Peponis!! Gardner Dunn

Gardner Dunn posted on December 17, 2020

My thoughts & prayers go out to George’s family/ friends wishing you for better days ahead—-RIP George Peponis!! Gardner Dunn

Mary Anne Ingalls Baum posted on December 17, 2020

Jenifer - So very sorry to learn of George's passing. Sending comfort to you and your family during this time of grief and loss. With sincere condolences, Mary Anne

Carol Langenfeld posted on December 17, 2020

Jenny, mMy heart dropped when I heard of George’s death. I can’t imagine the loss you must be feeling right now. I hope the treasure of your family will bring you comfort. Please remember to take care of yourself in the days ahead. Carol Jean

Valerie Snavely posted on December 17, 2020

Jenny, dear...I’m so very, very sorry to learn of George’s death. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My love is with you.

cathy nelson sokup posted on December 17, 2020

Jenifer and family, I am so very sorry to hear about George. May God welcome him with open arms and love. I hope you will forever feel his love you you and find peace in his life.......Love and Prayers Cathy Nelson Sokup [macy's]

John Postlewaite posted on December 17, 2020

Tom I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your brother my condolences to you take care my friend

Roger E Escolas posted on December 17, 2020

I was a customer of George's later in my career and thought very highly of him as a professional. After the professional relationship ended, we continued to stay in touch by going to lunch. He introduced me to a little pizza shop on East Main St called Rubinos, famous for their thin crust. I enjoyed being around George because of his positive attitude. Friendly and funny and an all around likeable person. I'm sorry for your loss. My condolences, Roger

Michael and Sheri Bell posted on December 16, 2020

So sorry for your loss. George was a great guy!! Praying for the family.

henry hauser posted on December 16, 2020

I'm sorry for your loss Peponis family. All my love, Henry


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