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Summit County Sports Hall of Fame

Remembering Loreto George, SCSHOF '85

BARBERTON -- Loreto G. "Bado" George, 90, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015.

He was born January 4, 1925 in Yorkville, Ohio to the late Gabriel and Kathrine George, and was raised in Tiltonsville, Ohio.

Loreto graduated from Warren Consolidated High School, Class of 1943. He then went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, serving in the Battle of the Bulge and proudly receiving three bronze stars. Returning back to further his education, Loreto attended Kent State University, majoring in math and physical education and minoring in history and science. Loreto received his Bachlor's Degree in 1950 and his Master's Degree in 1952, while attending KSU, he was captain of the Golf team from 1947-1950.

He began his teaching career at Warren Consolidated High School as a math teacher and was also the assistant football and basketball coach and golf coach from 1950-1955 and Tiltonsville Elementary Principal from 1951-1955. He continued is teaching career with the Barberton School System in 1955 at U.L. Light Junior High School where he taught math and science and was a coach from 1955-1961. Becoming principal at U.L. Light from 1964-1982.

Loreto was a faithful member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church.

He was a member of Barberton Elks, Barberton VFW#1066, Barberton Moose #759, American Legion and Barberton Sports Boosters. He was also a longtime member of Barberton Kiwanis Club, where he was active with the Kiwanis Scholarship Program, the Salvation Army and Senior Golf League. He was especially proud of his association with the Elks Student Scholarship, having many state and national winners over 28 years.

He belonged to the KSU Hall of Fame, Summit County Sports Hall of Fame, Barberton Sports Hall of Fame, Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame (Wheeling, WV), Jeffersonian Hall of Fame (Stubenville, Ohio), KSU Varsity Club and was a Dapper Dan Tournament winner.

Preceded in death by his brothers, Albert, Carl and Gabriel George; Loreto is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy; sons, James and William; sister, Kathy (Gary) Orban; along with many nieces and nephews; special friends, Dr. Casino, Tom Melody, Mike Moore, Sal Puglisi, Dave Bukowski, Patrick Kanary, Charmaine Bowman; along with many other friends and numerous golf buddies.

Funeral service will be held Friday 11 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton 44203 with Father James Maloney officiating. Entombment at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW#3383. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service on Friday.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Andrew to Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton, Ohio 44203 in Loreto's memory.