William (Bill) Joseph
George on December 22, 2009. Born and raised in Summit, Bill was a three
sport star for Summit High. He went on to play fourteen professional baseball
seasons as a left handed pitcher, once striking out Eddie Matthews and
singling off Warren Spahn.
As a member of the Atlanta Crackers, Bill played in the Southern Association
All Star Game in 1953 and won the 1954 Dixie Championship.
Bill was an Army Private during WW II from 1945 to 1947 receiving the
Army of Occupation Medal and the Japan WW II Victory Medal. He then spent
29 years with the United States Postal Service, primarily in Summit and
Short Hills, retiring in 1986.
He was a respected high school and college umpire and volunteered as a
pitching mentor at Seton Hall University. In addition, Bill is a member
of the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bill is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Irma Shallcross George,
his daughters Susan William (Leslie) of Summit, Sara Templeton (Paul)
of Manahawkin, and Nancy Odren (Mark) of Landenburg, Pennsylvania and
his sons Bill George (Carolyn) of Berkeley Heights, and Jack George (Connie)
of New York City.
He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Lisa and Abbey Smith, Alex
and Becky Templeton, Jade, Tyler and Mallory George, Elizabeth Odren,
and Gianna George and three step grandchildren Jessica and LJ Williams
and John Templeton and a great grandchild Marcy Templeton.
A Mass of Christian Burial will held on Monday, December 28 at 10:45 am
at St. Teresa of Avila Church, Morris Ave., Summit. Interment St. Teresa's
Visitation Sunday 2 to 6 pm at the Bradley Brough Funeral Home, 345 Main
In lieu of flowers donations in his name may be made to SHIP (Summit Helping
It's People) or Bridges, Oakes Center, Morris Ave., Summit, NJ 07901.