Celebrating the life of

Michael Paul Mamalakis

September 13, 1983 - May 16, 2021

All who knew Michael will remember his passion for barbecuing, playing bocce on the beach, Georgia Tech football, recycling, following the weather and fire reports, and never missing a “Walton’s” episode. 

Michael Paul Mamalakis

Michael Paul Mamalakis died at age 37 on Sunday May 16, 2021 at Memorial Health University Medical Center surrounded by his family. 

The native and lifelong resident of Savannah was a graduate of Jenkins High School. He was a member of the St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, where he served as an altar boy for many years. All who knew Michael will remember his passion for barbecuing, playing bocce on the beach, Georgia Tech football, recycling, following the weather and fire reports, and never missing a “Walton’s” episode.  He was the “Biggest Fan” for the Savannah Country Day basketball and football teams.  He enjoyed working many years at Piggly Wiggly as the Ice Manager.

Michael leaves behind his devoted and beloved parents, Paul and Debra Mamalakis; sister, Mary Mamalakis of Atlanta; aunts and uncle, Peggy Gilpin, and Mark and Jan Mamalakis, all of Savannah; and cousins David Gilpin (Liz), Meg Hollis (Joseph) and Abby Luman (Derek); as well as many other family and friends. 

Michael was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Mamalakis, Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. David C. Shuler, Jr. 

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.on Wednesday May 19, 2021 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. Followed by a Trisagion service at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Service will be held at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church on Thursday May 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. followed by internment in Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Hollis, David Gilpin, Paul Cleveland, Brian Lee, Joe Mathews, Thomas Ferrara, Frank Durkin, Kyle Hamm, Lea Holliday, III, and David Gilpin, Jr. Honoary Pallbearer will be Mark Thomas. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest remembrances be made to St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, 14 West Anderson Street, Savannah, GA 31401 or Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, 429 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401.

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Debra and Paul, I am so very sorry to hear the news of Michael’s death. He was quite a charmer and I am privileged to have met him as an infant and known him in his adult life. You both were exceptional parents setting the bar high for others. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy

- Kathy Thomson, Savannah , Ga

Paul, Debra, Mary and family, Please take comfort in the many thoughts that go out to all of you. Michael was a larger than life man who made friends where ever he went and shared his enthusiasm for life with them. His book has helped countless families and will be one of his many legacies. Please know our prayers are with all of you. Helen Marie and Michael Fleming

- Fleming, Savannah, GA

Paul and Debra, I just now learned about your loss. Michael and Benjamin were so close in age that I remember so many milestones. He was amazing and you two were equally amazing parents. Deepest condolences from GR and me. May God be with you in the days and weeks ahead. Linda

- Linda Poppell-Smith, Savannah, Ga

Paul and Debra, Words cannot express our deepest sympathy at this time. You both have been devoted Parents and gave Michael a life of love and spirituality @ our beloved St Paul's Greek Orthodox Church. He is now resting in a better place and the memories you have will keep him with you forever. May His Memory Be Eternal. Demetri and Penny Miltiades


I am deeply saddened to hear this. My heart breaks for all who knew Michael. I had the pleasure of teaching Michael for many years at H. V. Jenkins. He was a true Warrior. My love to Debra, Paul, and Mary.

- Simmons, Savannah, Ga

Condolences to the family. May he rest in the Hands of the Lord.

- Mike Kenny , Savannah , Ga

Rest in peace Michael, My daughter Kathleen also with DS. Met as infants, Praying for you all. God Bless.

- McLaughlin-VonWaldner, Savannah, Georgia

Mamalakis family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Michael was very dear to me. I knew him well from the Piggly Wiggly where he would bag and take my groceries to the car and I always got a hug before I left. We were neighbors of the Sr. Mamalakis’s at Tybee and he would wave at me. One morning he came over to cut my grass, but the was short lived when Mark, Sr caught him. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

- Carolyn Beebe, Savannah, GA

I never had the pleasure of meeting your handsome Michael, but I know he had to be a very special person. The kindness that your family showed to us during our son's illness and brain surgery will never be forgotten! I am so sorry for the loss you are feeling. Our prayers are with all who love him.

- Dianna Davis, Sylva, NC

Debra- I am so sad to hear this news. So many memories of seeing him on the sidelines cheering on the Hornets. My love and prayers are with you.

- Leslie, DeLand, FL

Debra,Paul,Mary Y'all Have My Deepest Sympathy

- Virginia Cone-Jackson, Savannah, Georgia

So sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers

- Charlie and Margaret Davis, Savannah , GA

A candle has been lit!

- Dana Landrum , Savannah , GA

Debra, we all love your family so much. Buddy, Amy, Joel, Barrett, Travis Carter

- Carter, Pooler, GA

Debra and Paul we are sorry for your loss, there's no doubt that Michael's short time on earth blessed so many people which is obvious by the outpouring of Love from your family and friends. Michael is home now and he will most certainly be watching over ya'll. God Bless.

- Angel & Drew McCuen, Savannah, Georgia

Paul, Sorry to hear about Michael's passing. We all know he is in better place. You and Debra done more than any parents would do to keep Michael happy and comfortable despite all the challenges in life. Good bless you and your family.

- Fred Sororian, Savannah, GA

Our hearts and prayers go out to you and you family.

- Dean Lowe and Family, Tybee Island, Georgia

Paul, Smiles, and Mary, we are so sorry to hear about Michael. We love you and you all are in our prayers, Karen and Warren Law

- The Law Family, Savannah, GA

Sending love and prayers! May his memory be eternal. Michael is a trooper. He couldn't have asked for better parents and sister!

- Michelle and Michael Williams, Rogers, AR

Mamalakis family, Wishing you peace to bring comfort,courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. -Jonisha,Catherine,Patricia,Brianna,& Faith

- catherine williams, savannah, Georgia

My deepest sympathy to Paul, who I know through our professional relationship, and all of the family. You guys are an example to many and inspire me personally.

- Stelling Nelson, Hillsboro, GA

Mamalakis Family, Michael has had a great life here on Earth but he is comfortable watching from heaven. Memories will last forever so he may be gone but never forgotten. RIP Michael. Harry and Sherri (Burnsed)

- Connolly, Savannah, GA

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you Paul, and your family.

- Pat & Jan Walsh, Jacksonville, FL

Paul, Debra and Mary, we share in your sadness over the loss of Michael. As neighbors for the past 15 years, we had a chance to get to know Michael. He seemed to have a full life till his health took a turn. We pray for his happiness in heaven and may your best memories sustain you all. Pam & John

- Pam & John Clinard, Savannah, Georgia

Debra and family, I was so saddened by the news of Michael's passing. But he is no longer in pain and in a better place. I enjoyed working with him at The Pig where he took pride in his work and in being The Ice Manager. I will continue to pray for comfort for all the family. Dottie Winn

- Dottie Winn, Savannah, GA

Paul, Smiles, Mary....its been a long time since we've seen each other but I am hurting with you and for you at the thought of Michael's passing and the loss in your lives. I remember Michael lighting up every room he was in and how much he and Paul shared a bond that now as a father myself I understand. I know we will all meet him in heaven with much joy, but today, there is just the sorrow. We will be praying for you guys.

- Brad, Melissa, Heather, Amber, & Summer Elkins, Ball Ground, GA

Paul, Debra, and family, our sincere sympathy at this time. Our prayers are with you all. Those we hold in our hearts never truly leave us. Michael lives in the kindness he showed, the comfort he shared, and the love he brought into all the lives he touched. May His Life Be Eternal!

- Phyllis and Tina-Maria Glisson, Savannah, GA.

Dear Mamalakis Family, We were saddened to hear the news of Michael’s passing. He brought light and joy to all who met him exemplifying all that is pure and sacred in this world. Our prayers are with you. May his memory be eternal.

- Stratton & Mary Leopold, Savannah, GA

Paul , Deborah, and Mary , I was so sorry to hear about Michael . He has always been such a bright light in this world . Michael truly left a legacy of love and laughter with everyone who was Blessed to watch him grow. What a wonderful life you gave your sweet boy , and I pray your memories will sustain you until you meet again ! May God comfort and Bless you all in the days ahead ! In Christian Love, Diane Shuman

- Diane Shuman , Savannah , Georgia

Debra, I am so sorry to learn of this! What an amazing young man, an inspiration for so many. You and Paul did a wonderful job raising him. I have always admired your strength and persistent devotion to doing what was good for Michael. My heart goes out to you during this time. Annie

- Annie Quaile, Savannah , Georgia

I am sorry to hear about Michael's passing. Although it has been since we were children, I remember what loving and caring parents you were. You will be in my prayers.

- Karen Lubeck Smith, Greensboro , NC

Our deepest condolences and prayers are with you.

- Watkins & Associates, Tifton, GA

I'm so very sorry. I will always have done memories of Michael's s deep devotion to CD athletics.

- Kathleen E Hodges, Thunderbolt, GA

I'm so very sorry. I will always have done memories of Michael's s deep devotion to CD athletics.

- Kathleen E Hodges, Thunderbolt, GA

What a blessing your family is to this community! Michael touched the lives of many in wonderful ways. I wish you peace, love and prayers. April

- April Brooks, Savannah, GA

What a blessing your family is to this community! Michael touched the lives of many in wonderful ways. I wish you peace, love and prayers. April

- April Brooks, Savannah, GA

Debra, I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your son,Michael. Nothing can change what has happened, but I wanted you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

- Dianne Goggan (Ingrid’s mom), Austin, Texas

Christian and I are so deeply saddened by you loss. My heart goes out to the entire Mamalakis family. Although I did not personally know Michael, I know that through his involvement with the CD athletics team he touched the lives of so many people; my son being one of those to have had the opportunity of knowing him. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Deborah Morcott and Christian M Borio (away at university)

- Deborah Morcott, Savannah, GA

I was so saddened by the news of your loss. My three sons Landon, Tristan and Jackson Walls were blessed by being students of Debra. I always pointed to Michael as the generous, kind, and brave young man that I hoped my own sons would grow up to be. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Melissa Cobbs

- Melissa Cobbs, Atlanta , GA

A candle has been lit!

- Emily Cowart, Savannah, GA

Dear Debra Paul and Mary, I was saddened to learn of Michael’s passing, and wish you comfort and peace in the days to come. I am so very sorry for your loss.

- Donna Butler Adamson , Savannah, Georgia

A candle has been lit!

During the time when Michael was a student at Jenkins High School, I was the Paraprofessional in the classroom. Michael was a nice, mannable young man. He always had a pleasant smile on his face. He will be missed. My prayers and condolence goes out to the family.

- Josette Reed Smith, Savannah, Ga

He will always be remembered with a strong voice and presence at Savannah Country Day. He loved Mary oh so much.

- Sara Lucia , Savannah , Georgia

I'm so sorry to hear about this. I had no better teammate in basketball or soccer and no better classmate at Jenkins than Michael. He was always enthusiastic and ready to go. His perspective was always timely and well received. May he rest in peace.

- Nolan Wells, Atlanta, GA

The Worley family shares the sorrow felt by the Mamalakis and Gilpin families. May your memories of Michael become a blessing to you.

- Paul Worley, Baltimore, MD

I worked with Mike at Piggly Wiggly. He enjoyed seeing all the customers . I know he and Ms.Mary are having a great big Hug in Heaven now. We should all know he is Smiling down on us now. God bless all of us for the pleasure of knowing him.

- Theresa Burke(Terri), Savannah, Georgia

We were very saddened to hear of your loss of Michael. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

- Bill and Sandy Griffin, Woodstock , Georgia

I’m so sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. We went to school together. He was always a cop and I was the robber when we played at school. Really sad to hear of this news.

- Frank Pilcher , Savannah , Georgia

I am so so sorry about Michael’s passing. He was such a loving and giving friend to all. His heart was so huge because you taught him as a family what it was to love big. We are better for having Michael in our lives through Country Day and Dutch Island. Such sweet memories are forever. Love and prayers to you Debra, Paul and Mary and all the family.

- Beth Owens, Savannah, Georgia

All Mamalakis families, we are so very sorry for you loss. We remember Michael so well playing on the beach with his grandfather. He was such a kind and loving boy. He will bring lots of joy to the angels. Coach Miller and Betty

- Jack and BettyMiller, Tybee Island, GA

Debra and Paul, I was so sorry to read about the death of your son, Michael. Although I did not know Michael I remember hearing you talk about him many times . You two are such wonderful parents that I'm sure he enjoyed his life to the fullest. Having lost my son much too soon in life I know the sadness you are now feeling . Please know I will pray for your loss.

- Phyllis Skeffington, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel