The Australian Numismatic Society
George Cassim in June 2015 telling us
about the New Greek Bank Notes.
With his passing today, 15th December 2015, a bit of fun has gone out
George Joined the ANS on the 8th August 2005 (Rod signed him up at the
George was elected to the ANS Council in 2008 replacing Dr Bill Mira.
George was elected ANS Vice President in 2015 replacing Colin Pitchfork.
was funny and genuinely nice guy, his passing affected me more then I
I think about him a lot and when I will come to the next meeting and
see his empty chair in the front corner,
I will miss him terribly.
Michael Tichy 20/12/15
Meeting George was one of the best things that happened in my life. His
passion for numismatics, and for life in general, was infectious and
brought a new dimension to my hobby. He was one of the kindest and most
generous people I have known. He was genuinely interested in people and
their well-being. He added to peoples' lives because went to the effort
of organising for people to meet each other. I think Michael Tichy has
summed it up well for most of the people who knew George - his passing
affected me more than I expected, I think about him a lot, I miss him
John Minucos 22/12/15
At our last meeting in December, I read out a note in Greek to
George’s mother thanking her for her nice and tasty biscuits, cakes and
sweets that she prepared for our meetings,and later translated
into English. I also thanked her for having such a nice son like
George, who was always kind, generous, friendly and
tolerant. He had this charismatic nature of always having a
broad smile to welcome you, and a warm firm and friendly
handshake, whether it was for congratulating you on your display or a
“Kalinihta” (goodnight) as I always had to rush to catch
I will miss George in many ways, his collection of modern Greek coins,
his knowledge of European coins and banknotes, made our meetings
interesting and knowledgeable . Only recently he showed at a
meeting some current Greek banknotes of Nana Mouskouri and Maria
Callas, very much to my disbelief.
I had the honour of knowing a great guy in George Cassim.
George Perlowski. 22/12/15
It was with some shock and disbelief that I received the news of
George's death. When I turned up for the ANS Christmas social at
George's company's premises at Elizabeth Street on Monday 14th December
2015, I was warmly greeted by George. He had thoughtfully photocopied
an article for me from one of the coin magazines about the union
of Castile and Leon in Spain in the middle ages, a topic he knew I had
an interest in. He was his usual warm ebullient self and he greeted all
the other members as they came in. After the meeting during supper,
George did not feel well and needed to lie down. An ambulance was
called and George lay in the kitchen while the party went on.
Everyone was concerned for George, but the seriousness of it was not
apparent. It was only the following day that the members were informed
that George had died in hospital that night.
On the following Thursday, a funeral service was held for George in the
beautiful Greek Orthodox Church of the Resurrection in Kogarah. I
attended, along with many Sydney ANS members. The church was packed,
standing room only. Many of George's work colleagues were also there.
Many tears were shed by and for his family and close friends. His
mother , wife, brother, 3 children in their mid 20's were left behind.
They will rightly be very proud of George. During the eulogy, the
priest remarked that for George, if he had a middle name, it should
have been "larger-than-life". He also noted how keen George was on his
collection of modern Greek coins and banknotes. George would have
appreciated the close resemblance of some icons in the church to images
on Byzantine coins.
We will all miss him. He was taken away from us far too soon.
David Mee 23/12/15
George was a special person by his happy personality and his friendship
everyone, he will be sorely missed and meetings will not be the same
Pat Walsh 23/12/15
As a member of Council I had extra dealings with George. I will
always remember him telling me the difference between a Review and an
Audit. I will never make the mistake again, of calling a check of
our books an Audit. After the Council meetings we would go to our
favourite Greek Restaurant for dinner. George would make requests
for free extra bread and drinks etc. The drinkers would always
have a superior Retsina and we would tuck into wonderful Greek
food. We would make fun of John V eating all the olives and all
have a good time.
I also remember George calling me Sellopoulos as he made me an honorary
Greek. Another great memory is the regular banter with John V
about bananas, when we were having refreshments.
Rod Sell 23/12/15
It has now been over a week since George has left us. Along with many
numismatic colleagues we still cannot come to terms that he has truly
left us. We wonder who could step into his shoes, who could provide our
numismatic meetings with the same zest for life. You will be truly
Paul Neumann. 24/12/15
I was very sadden to learn of the death of George Cassim. He was a
remarkable and generous man who assisted the Society over several years
with accomodation, but more so because of his support to the Society as
Auditor and his well meaning friendship that was extended to all who
came into contact with him at meetings.
Colin Pitchfork 26/12/15
It was a pleasure and an education to have known George for the short
time that we did. May he be remembered and appreciated for many years.
Frank and Grant Chauvier also Marie Bradd 27/12/15
I had the great pleasure of knowing George from meetings and fairs.
He was always such a bright, friendly, lively and ebullient character,
with great charisma.
I was shocked to hear of his untimely passing, but will always remember
him as a really good and special person.
Barrie Towers 28/12/15
Not a day goes by without thinking of my "Conservative " mate
George "Jocular " Cassim .
God Bless .
Tony Hoare 1/1/16