George turned his love of automobiles into a career, starting to sell cars while attending Warren G. Harding High School; where he was a catcher on the baseball team. His strong work ethic proved successful as he achieved top sales awards for the state of Ohio.
George purchased Vermillion Ford in Newton Falls, Ohio. He was a successful Ford dealer for over 54 years and received many accolades from Ford Motor Company and his peers. He enjoyed sponsoring Ford’s “Punt Pass and Kick” program for kids, Buckeye Boys State, along with numerous baseball and bowling teams. His indomitable spirit, tenacity and courage could not be silenced by a devastating tornado which destroyed his dealership in May of 1985. Two years later, he reopened Falls Ford Inc. with his wife, Jennie and his children by his side.
George was instrumental in starting the Penn-Ohio Ford Dealers Association and was president of the Ford Dealer Advertising Fund, president of the Warren Optimist Club and The Newton Falls Chamber of Commerce. A founding member and board member of Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council. A board member of Warren General Hospital, Kiwanis and member of the Elks Club for 50 years.
In 1964 at the age 29, George was responsible for the enormous undertaking of building The Holy Resurrection Romanian Orthodox Church. George secured the financing as a guarantor for a $500,000 loan. Under his masterful leadership as president of the church council and support of the members, the loan was paid in full in 5 years.
He was an avid scholar of history and loved to play golf, scoring two aces “hole in one(s)”. He had a passion for collecting golf clubs and golf bags. He shared his passion by gifting them to friends.
George leaves his wife, Jennie of 59 years; three daughters, Jennifer, Jeannine McCubbins (Paul), Jill and one son, Gregory (Laura); four grandchildren, Grant, Ava, Lance Bumbu and Sarah McCubbins.
He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Letitia and sister, Joyce.
The funeral service will be held at Holy Resurrection Romanian Orthodox Church, 1836 North Road, Warren, Ohio 44483 on Saturday, September 22 at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Holy Resurrection Romanian Orthodox Church.
Funeral arrangements handled by James Funeral Home, Inc.