George Anthony Marken of Falmouth died on Tuesday, November 12, at the age of 92.
He was the husband for 63 years of Kathleen (Panetsos) Marken.
Mr. Marken was a founding member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Weston and a devout member of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church in Cotuit. A 70-year member of Grand Lodge of Boston, Scottish Rite Masons, Mr. Marken was also a past Master of Marine Lodge AF&M in Falmouth. A Shriner, his volunteer efforts were dedicated to the Shriner Hospitals for Children, which provide life-changing care to children in need.
He followed in the footsteps of his father, Anthony Marken, who founded and operated the Falmouth Fruit Exchange in Falmouth in the 1930s, which led to Marken Fruit and Produce. The latter operation serviced the Cape and islands from a warehouse behind Main Street until the 1970s, when he moved the business to Hyannis to better service the Cape.
A business brief published in the Enterprise early in 2001 reported that Mr. Marken had joined Convention Data Services as a telesales representative. Founded in 1986, the company “provides Internet-based registration and data management services for trade shows and conferences nationwide,” and had recently dedicated a new headquarters facility in Bourne.
In addition to the years he and his family ran Marken Food Service, their wholesale food service business, the news item said, during the last 11 years Mr. Marken had worked as a professional telemarketer with various groups. He also sold high-speed telecommunication products for US Telecenters.
He leaves his children, Anthony G. Marken and his wife, Kristin Marken, of Dover, Timothy G. Marken and his wife, Erica Marken, of Newton, Gregory G. Marken and his wife, Donna Marken, of Dunstable, and Michelle Rouse and her husband, Timothy Rouse, of Wrentham. He also leaves his siblings, Charles Marken, Demosthenes Marken and Katherine Kriketos; nine grandchildren; and other family.
Visitation will be Sunday, November 17, from 2 to 5 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.
Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, November 18, at 9 AM at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church, 1130 Falmouth Road in Centerville, with interment to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Jones Road in Falmouth.