Valley bids farewell to longtime bakery owner

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NORTH BEND - George Macris, the longtime Valley bakery owner known for his hard work ethic and commitment to his family, passed away last week after a long illness. He was 70.

From 1964 to 1993, Macris and his wife Jean operated George's Bakery and Coffee Shop, where the sweet smells from the ovens filled with rum balls, doughnuts, cinnamon twists and loaves of Mount Si bread - complete with mountain peaks - enticed residents to come inside and take a break.

"You'd come in in the morning and see him working like a buzzard," said former North Bend Mayor Max "Obe" Healea of George's unwavering commitment to his business.

It was George's baked goods that Healea often picked up prior to visits to the city's road crews that made him possibly the most popular boss in town. While the doughnuts made meetings with Healea a sought-after event, it was George's cinnamon twists that still have Healea's mouth watering.

"When you picked one of them up, you knew you had something," he said.

Born March 31, 1933 in Samos, Greece, George immigrated to the United States at the age of 17. He attended Seattle's Broadway Technical School where he learned to speak English.

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