Mick Kruger reads the Chronicle story on George Kotis who tragically died on Saturday afternoon.
Mick Kruger reads the Chronicle story on George Kotis who tragically died on Saturday afternoon. Jocelyn Watts

Sad mayor mourns old mate George

FORTY-FIVE years ago Fraser Coast mayor Mick Kruger worked as a waiter at Maryborough’s Tattersalls Hotel for a flamboyant Greek native named George Kotis.

Yesterday memories flooded back as Mr Kruger stood outside that same hotel, grieving the loss of the man who had not only given him his first job, but had also become a life-long friend.

The well-known restaurateur lost his life in a horrific car crash on the Bruce Highway near Maryborough on Saturday.

Just hours before, Mr Kruger had been celebrating with George at the launch of his latest business venture.

“I still haven’t been able to comprehend it, really,” Mr Kruger said. “I keep thinking I’m going to wake up from a bad dream.”

Yesterday tributes flooded in for the man who was known across the region for his hospitality and welcoming smile.


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