James “Jim” Georgallas on August 8, 2017.
From the age of eight, Jim demonstrated a strong, enterprising work ethic in order to support his parents and siblings during The Great Depression. From humble beginnings with a push cart and horse and wagon, he went on to secure a fleet of trucks and large warehouses focusing on storing and processing bananas. Recognizing his knowledge of the banana market and his aggressive drive to provide for his loved ones, Jim received an invitation to become a partner in a banana importing company where he remained a valuable partner until his retirement. The banana empire that he founded remained under family management until a few years ago.
At an early age, Jim was afflicted with Polio and spent his 16th birthday in an iron lung. Miraculously, he made a complete recovery and was able to fight a winning bout as a featherweight in the Golden Gloves less than six years later. He also survived two battles with stomach cancer and credited Columbia Presbyterian Hospital with saving his life.
Jim was happiest at the track. He would spend time at various tracks and had such a passion for the horses he owned. He loved to stand in the Winner’s Circle with his beloved wife Frances and celebrate a race well run.
Jim was blessed to overcome life threatening illnesses and good fortune– and was always looking out for others. His generosity enabled devoted employees to buy homes and move their families to better surroundings just as he had done for his family.
Although Jim hung up his boxing gloves decades ago, he always had the mindset of a boxer–always putting up a good fight. He finished his final race surrounded by family. Jim’s generous nature, his razor sharp memory and his devotion to his family will be missed. And he will forever be in the Winner’s Circle.
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