Godzilla fan passes away before his last wish to see new movie can be granted

March 7, 2019

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

Update: Unfortunately, George has passed away. The news was posted on the Transit Drive-In’s Facebook page:

“We are deeply saddened to share that George passed away on Thursday morning. On behalf of his family, we would like to thank everyone for all their warm thoughts, kindness and support. George would have loved to hear Godzilla roar one more time, but his illness had other plans. George will always be a cherished part of the drive-in, and we will be honoring his memory in accordance with the wishes of his family at the appropriate time. Thank you.”

Our friends at The Transit Drive-in are looking for help! They want to find a way to help make a dying man’s last wish come true. Here is the post –

“I have a close friend who has been fighting kidney cancer for the past two years. He was just admitted into the ICU at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo over the weekend. I went to see him on Monday and Tuesday this week, and both times the first words out of his mouth to me were, “King of Monsters.”

George is a huge Godzilla: King of the Monsters fan, and he knows his time is short, and he will not be around when the movie is released in May. He knows I own the drive-in, so he is asking me if there is anything I can do. I promised him I would try. This is his dying wish, and he does not have much time left.

George is on oxygen, since the cancer has spread to his lungs, and is inoperable. He only has a few days left, maybe a week or two. I know this effort is a longshot, and I told him that since the movie is still three months away, the studio may be unwilling or unable to show an unfinished product. The North Park Theatre on Hertel Avenue in Buffalo is close to Roswell Park, and has agreed to screen the movie for George privately during their off hours, if we can get permission from the studio.

I am not a big shot in the movie business, but I know some people who know some people, so I’ve taken steps to get the request to the right eyes and ears of people at the distributor, Warner Bros. Pictures, and the producers, Legendary Pictures. George would like to hear Godzilla roar one more time before he is gone. Let’s try to make that happen.”

We are sending thoughts and prayers to George and his family.

If you know anyone who can help – let us know or message Transit Drive-in on FB.


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Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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