BRAZORIA - Businessman George Kresta, 71, who with his wife
Rita operated Kresta's Bar-B-Q & Catering for years, died Monday after a
Kresta's Bar-B-Q was a fixture in Brazoria, and the catering business
served people as far away as Corpus Christi and Houston before it closed about a
year ago, said Ben Vollbaum, a long-time friend.
"It helped put Brazoria, so to speak, on the map in a lot of places
because people knew of the barbecue," Vollbaum said. "A lot of times peo-ple
would say, 'I'll meet you out at Kresta's,' and you didn't have to ask where it
was be-cause everybody already knew."
Vollbaum said Kresta didn't know a stranger.
"He always knew you and spoke to you regardless of who you were,"
Vollbaum said. "He was very friendly and outgoing."
Vollbaum also recalled Kresta's love of Bohemian music.
"He would go up on the stage and sing with those Bohemian bands,"
Vollbaum said. "He loved that music. That was his music."
In addition to his business, Kresta was active in the community. He was a
member of the Brazoria Lions Club, Brazoria County Fair Association, the Knights
of Columbus and St. Joseph's Catholic Church, where he participated in the Men's
Club and served on the parish council. Kresta also served on Brazoria City
Bill Landry, another long-time friend, said Kresta had a great sense of
humor, even during his illness.
"Last week I called out to see how he was doing and he asked for the
phone," Landry said. "I asked how he was doing and he said, 'I'm laying down on
the job.' We both laughed."
Landry said that kind of humor given the circumstances was courageous.
"He was a fighter, but he did it with such dignity it was unreal," Landry
said. "He taught me what real faith and courage were. In the worst condition you
can think of, he had a beautiful sense of humor. He was such an inspiration."