New Haven Register (Sunday) (New Haven, CT) - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

Thomas John Ge­orge (T.J.), or Erik to his Cal­i­for­nia friends, lost his long, up­hill bat­tle with de­pres­sion and ad­dic­tion on De­cem­ber 10, 1918.

T.J. was born in New Haven, CT on April 21, 1967 to Carolyn Ge­orge-Perry and Thomas Wal­ter Ge­orge (both pre­de­ceased). He grew up and at­tended school in West Haven, CT then left for Cal­i­for­nia where he resided for over 30 years. He worked as a chef, waiter and bar­tender in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try for many years. T.J. was so proud to have grad­u­ated from The In­ter­na­tional School of Beauty in Fe­bru­ary of 2013, which en­abled him to pur­sue his pas­sion to be­come a hair stylist. He took great plea­sure from spend­ing time with his friends, cre­at­ing new and dif­fer­ent cui­sine for them to en­joy (or not). T.J. ab­so­lutely loved dot­ing over his “boys” Her­cules and At­las, spoil­ing them rot­ten! He will be re­mem­bered as good man who en­joyed many as­pects of his life with no re­grets, a man who strug­gled with many demons and who put up a long, per­sis­tent fight to the very end and will truly be missed. He is sur­vived by his sis­ter, Tammy Ann Ge­orge (Hozian), (Scott Longyear) of Bran­ford, niece Kathryn Hozian of Bran­ford, nephew Matthew Hozian of West Haven, his beloved dog and com­pan­ion Her­cules, sev­eral aunts, un­cles and cousins. His right hand dog At­las pre­de­ceased him.

A Memo­rial Ser­vice will be held on Sun­day, Jan­uary 13, 2019, 3 p.m. at Igle­sia Cris­tiana Estrella Re­s­p­lan­de­ciente De Ja­cob, 185 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT. All are wel­come.

In lieu of flow­ers, memo­rial do­na­tions may be sent to The Palm Springs An­i­mal Shel­ter, 4575 E. Mesquite Av­enue, Palm Springs, CA 92264. [email protected]­i­mal­shel­ or www.pasan­i­mal­shel­

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