George Rizkalla

George K. Rizkalla

February 20, 1935 - January 4, 2020
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TENANTS HARBOR - George K. Rizkalla, Jr., 84, passed away peacefully at home on January 4, 2020 with his family by his side. George was born February 20, 1935 in Worcester, Massachusetts, son of George K., Sr. and T. Catherine Rizkalla of Worcester, Massachusetts. He attended the High School of Commerce, Boston School of Barbering, and then enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. He returned home in 1955 to Worcester where he met his future wife, Irene Carlson, in November that same year; they married in July of 1956. Five of their six children were born in Worcester, Massachusetts: Michael, David, Karen, Kristine, and Sara. He barbered in Framingham and in Natick, Massachusetts and his customers were from WBZ Boston and local television stations. He opened a barbershop in Southboro, Massachusetts in the mid 1960’s. Even though long hair was popular, his shop was very lucrative because of St. Mark’s and Faye School for Boys.

After returning home from a vacation in St. George, Maine his family started thinking about moving to Maine. George thought it was impossible at the time, but his wife Irene sold his barbershop, and in 1971 George and his family bought the 18th century farm in Tenants Harbor. His sixth child, Laura, was born there. The plan was to open his barbershop after arriving in Tenants Harbor. But George learned that there was no reciprocity between Massachusetts and Maine on licensing, so that meant a year residency. During that time, he worked many jobs to keep his family comfortable. One day a friend stopped by and said “The Warden wants to know if you want to work at the prison.” George asked, “How can I work at the prison, for the state, if I have a residency requirement?” The friend said, “If the Warden wants you, he can have you.” George worked at the prison for 24 years and said, “It was the best thing I ever did because of the security, insurance, and wonderful co-workers.” He never took promotions, as he wanted nights and weekends for his barbershop. He continued to work his barbershop for 47 years.

George always loved fishing, but he never wanted to compete in any way with local men, because he wanted them to be customers and friends.

Maine became more of a special place every day to him and he never regretted moving here.

George is survived by his wife, Irene Rizkalla; children Michael Rizkalla of Farmington; Karen Rizkalla and husband Steve Davis of Rockland; Kristine Rizkalla of Thomaston; Sara Rizkalla-Tyson and husband Adam Tyson of New Hampton, New Hampshire; Laura Lawrence and husband Brian of Manchester, Maine; grandchildren Chelsie Portlock and wife Daisy; Emily and Molly Rizkalla Davis; Isaac Lawrence, and Gabriel Tyson; and sister Janet Forzley of Manchester, Connecticut. Other than his parents George was predeceased by his son David and brother Roland.

The funeral will take place at 11 o’clock at the Tenants Harbor Baptist Church on January 18, 2020. George will be buried at the Wiley’s Corner Cemetery beside his son, David. There will be a reception at the St. George Lodge #132 Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in Tenants Harbor after the funeral.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland. To share a memory or story with George’s family, please visit their online book of memories at
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday January 18, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday January 18, 2020 11:00am
    Tenants Harbor Baptist Church
    Main Street
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    Pastor Bill Hickey
  • Interment

    North Parish Cemetery
    Wileys Corner - Snow's Point Road
    St. George, ME 04860
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  • Reception

    Saturday January 18, 2020 |
    Saturday January 18, 2020
    St. George Lodge of Odd Fellows
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    Following the service


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Jane Conrad

Posted at 01:29pm
George was so kind to come to our house to cut my husband, Ken Payment's, hair after Ken's Parkinson's prevented him from going to the barbershop. I loved hearing them laugh and talk during Ken's haircut. Now they are both gone - in heaven, still chuckling and telling stories! Jane Conrad

Bob and Marilene Carlson

Posted at 01:54pm
George, You gave me great advice when I needed it and will miss our talks together. Thank you for being an amazing brother in law and taking care of my sister for so long.

Paul L. Cushman

Posted at 08:08pm
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and our friend George. It was always a delight for Judy and I to
come by your house when we were in Maine. I am so glad that I stop by in October and visited with you and George. He was a man loved by all who knew him. We send all of our love and prayers to you during this time. Your friends, Paul & Judy Cushman

Joanne Larson

Posted at 07:55pm
So sorry to hear of George’s passing. He was a sweet man. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you Irene and the whole family, may you be comforted by great loving memories! Joanne Larson and family


Posted at 06:12pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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