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George R. Simonovich
1979 Lorain Sports Hall Of Fame Inductee
Age 89
Born: October 19, 1929   Died: May 26, 2019

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George R. Simonovich, age 89, of Lorain, passed away at the Mercy New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, in the early morning hours of Sunday May 26, 2019.

He was born in Lorain on October 19, 1929, and graduated from Lorain High School in the class of 1948-A where he excelled in multiple sports. After graduating, George attended Baldwin Wallace College, playing and lettering three years in both baseball and basketball. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree and began his teaching and coaching career at Elyria Catholic, followed by Lorain St. Mary, Amherst Steele, and Southview High School in Lorain where he coached both varsity basketball and golf, retiring in 1992 following a career that spanned thirty-seven years.

George was inducted into the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.

While enrolled at BW, George was called into active duty with the United States Army, serving in the Korean War and receiving two bronze service stars. He was a member of the Amvets Post #47 of Lorain, Mullen Murray VFW Post #451, the American Slovak Club, the former United Polish Club, and the former Polish-American Citizens Club.

Survivors include his son Del (Jill), and their children Lindsay Leonard (Justin), Nick (Emily), Mariah, and, Jeremy and also great grandchildren Ayden and Addyson Leonard. He is also survived by his daughter Carla Rock (Michael) and their children Elizabeth, Ryan, and Caitlin.

George was preceded in death by his first wife Lois (nee Norberg) in 1988, infant son Jay in 1957, second wife Christine (nee Kozloski) in 2013, parents John and Mary (nee Jankovich), and brothers John and William.




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