George Salim Majlaton, 83, passed away peacefully in his home in the afternoon on January 16, 2023, surrounded by his five children, his brother, and his cats.
Born in 1939 in Jerusalem, Palestine to Salim and Hanneh Majlaton, George grew up in the New City of Jerusalem with his four sisters and two brothers. After being driven out by the invasion of Palestine in 1947 and subsequent Nakba, his family fled to Amman, Jordan where they lived until immigrating to the United States in 1959 and moving to Syracuse, New York. It was there that George finished high school before attending college in Ohio at Kent State University to study Business Administration. While completing his degree, he met Linda Burt, whom he married in 1965. Together they lived in Maryland and raised five children.
George was a successful businessman, a seasoned traveler, and a consummate problem solver. Devoted to his wife Linda, he was family-oriented and his warm and friendly demeanor made it effortless to get along with him. His advice was highly sought after by everyone in his substantial extended network. He rarely denied a favor to a friend or relative, but he always prioritized his family and never failed to provide for his children. He loved classic Western movies and TV shows and doing the daily crossword puzzle. He could always think of a way that his family was related to someone with an Arabic surname, and his directions were better than any GPS or internet map service.
George was preceded in death by his father Salim, his mother Hanneh, his four sisters Afifeh Tadros, Alexandra Farwagi, Angela Hatem, and Elvira Bajjaly, his brother Issa Majlaton, and his wife Linda. He is survived by his brother Elias Majlaton, his children Liza (Ronald) Zanarotti, George Majlaton, Marc (Jennifer) Majlaton, Khalil Majlaton, and Alex (Yasmine) Majlaton, his grandchildren Max, Raynah, Alexandra, Marc, Nicolas, and Nadia, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and trusted friends based in Syracuse and spread around the world.
A funeral mass will be held on January 23, 2023 at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Landover Hills, MD at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in his name to the Prevent Cancer Foundation at https://www.preventcancer.org/donate/.