Albert J. George

June 16, 2021

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    • Obituary
      Albert J. George, 82, of Hazle Twp., passed away peacefully Wednesday morning at St. Luke Pavilion. Born in Hazleton, on August 29, 1938, and was the son of the late Albert and Amelia (Wisniewski) George and was of Catholic Faith.

      What Al enjoyed the most was spending time, playing with, and being a part-time taxi driver for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Pop Al loved his early mornings with his great-granddaughter Gia helping her with her “studies” and driving her to school.

      Albert graduated from Hazleton Senior High School in 1956. While in high school, he worked summers as laborer and was learning the carpenter trade from a number of union carpenters.

      While still in high school, Al joined the 165
      th military police battalion of the PA National Guard and served two years until enlisting in the US Navy assigned to the naval security group. He was honorably discharged August of 1959.

      Then the day came in May of 1968, Al became a member of Carpenters Local #129. Al often said that he thought he died and went to Heaven that day, but that day came 53 years later.

      In 1970, Al was elected to serve as Recording Secretary of Local #129. He gave up his office as Recording Secretary when he was first elected to serve Local Unions #129. #228, and #709 as Business Manager in 1974.

      In 1982, he became Business Manager of the newly formed Local #76 Hazleton until his retirement. In addition to this position, he served as Delegate to Carpenters Joint Council of Eastern PA, Delegate to PA State Council, and assumed the Vice President of Districts 4 and 5. He was also appointed Delegate then Secretary Treasurer to Hazleton Area Joint Apprenticeship Committee, and the treasurer of the PA State Apprenticeship Contest Committee.

      Al was a past president of the NEPA Building and Construction Trades Council as well as the Lower Luzerne and Carbon County Labor Council.

      Al had always been politically active and part or numerous charitable organizations. He was proud of the civic organizations that he was a part of especially his position on the Board of Directors for Can-Do for 22 years.

      Al was a member of the American Legion Post #76 for 45 years. After retirement, he also served 2 years as a Building Inspector for Hazle Township.

      Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, was his grandson Jared Higgins.

      Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Bettijane Barkanic; sons Albert, Hazleton, Chip and his wife Robin, NY, and Eric and his wife Donna, Hazleton; grandchildren Amanda Zullo and her husband Nick, Briana, Nicky, and Dana Comstock and her husband Steve; great grandchildren Gia, Maria, Sophia, Hank, Caleigh, Nolan, and Talan; former daughter-in-law Lynn; brother Frank and his wife Dorothy; and sister Marie; and nieces and nephews.

      His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 21st, at 10 A.M. in Queen of Heaven Parish at Our Lady of Grace Church. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Slovak Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 20th, from 6-8 P.M. in the Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12
      th St., Hazleton with Tom Boyle assisting.
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