George was a member of the American Legion Post 1080 and the Old Timers Baseball Association. In retirement, George began each day by meeting his friends at the McDonald's in Crest Hill for coffee.
In 2013, George was presented with the Rotary Silver Eagle Award for Volunteer Service for his many years serving the poor at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Food Pantry, Shepherd’s Table and P.A.D.S.
"He used to visit a lot of his homebound friends. If he said, ‘I’m coming on Wednesday,’ he would be there on Wednesday. He was always prompt. If he said he’d be there at 10 o’clock, he was there at 10 o’clock.”
George gave his older friends rides to their doctor’s appointments. He and his wife Maureen spent much of their time with their 10 grandchildren and great-grandchild.
“They could have plans to do something but if someone needed him to babysit, they’d cancel their plans,” Pam said. “Their grandkids meant more to them. They could go to dinner anytime."
Pam said George never missed a day of work (He retired from Caterpillar in 1982) and never had any health issues until he had his gall bladder removed 12 years ago.
George experienced complications following the surgery and went to the hospital's intensive care unit.
“He was pretty much out of it for five days," Pam said. "The first worlds that came out of his mouth were, ‘Where’s my wife?’ and “Where my wedding ring?’”
Maureen was the love of George's life, Pam said. The couple met in downtown Joliet. George was cruising with some friends and they had asked Maureen and her friends if they needed a ride.
When George, a 1951 graduate of Joliet Township High School, served in the U.S. Army as part of the Korean Conflict, Maureen waited for him to come home, Pam said.
The couple became engaged in February 1954 and married in 1955.