Author: Mac Benoy  May 2012
Wards of Dublin 
Udakis Family BROTHERS
George Born Dec 17 1919 in Leeds.  Normal elementary school education and had a liking for music and played the violin and euphonium. He is quiet natured and interested in tailoring and design and won a technical scholarship to secondary college where he studied tailoring and later apprenticed to the trade.  I first met him in the cycling club and noted in particular his striking good looks and good but casual clothes and enjoyed his unaffected friendliness and humour.  He was never overbearing, is gracious and reserved, as he is to this day.  He was a keen cyclist and was one of the club favourites.  He joined the Army entering the Service Corps and endured Dunkirk, evacuation from France, and later saw service in India.  Some little time after our marriage and during a short leave period, he married a Wellington girl, Joyce Abell, whose father owned a small off- licence shop and, alas, mostly drank it's contents.  On George's demobilisation he created his own tailoring business in a little garden hut in early 1946 and through the years his design of 'Wrekin' skirts and other models led him to building his own factory which developed very well right up to 1982 when he sold the business for a less demanding life as designer for a sportswear manufacturer and then retired in 1989.   I remember him making me a wonderful suit in the very early days (and to this day I don't recall paying him either).  It was the first real suit I ever wore.  They have three children, David, Margaret and Catherine, all married and with their own families, and all living in England.  Through the years Marcella and I have visited George and Joyce in Wellington and they have come here.  On meeting, there is an immediate link-up just as if we were on regular friendship in the past. Stan Born July 9 1922 died Sept 1982 in Wellington.  Not as dedicated to study as his brother, he lived for sport and was prominent in his school football team.  He also took to tailoring but not as deeply as George and as the War approached, and George already in the army, he eventually joined the Royal Marine Commandos enduring the Italian Palermo beach landings: the abortive murderous Dieepe landing in France in which he suffered gravely and then the final beach landing in Normandy on D Day.  He married Theresa Jones in Easter 1949, a wonderful girl and devoted wife, and had five children all now married and all reasonably successful.  Two in Australia, Janet and Theresa, and three in England, Peter, Ann and Robert, all married with their own families.  Stan, always affected by his War injuries, both mental and physical, nevertheless fulfilled his old love of football by encouraging youngsters to play and would help organise training and sport fixtures.  He worked for George in the factory being shop foreman, inspector and presser and was a favourite with all the female staff being fair and reasonable.  Alas he rather overdrank but this was partly to subdue his damaged nerves which would affect him at night time.  In 1982 his strength gave out and he died in Sept of that year.  His wife, Theresa, very successfully continued rearing the family all of whom seemed to be quite successful also, and she absorbed widowhood with dignity, calmness and contentment.