The Obit For George Marra

George J. Marra
Avid sportsman in Pa. sports halls of fame

Observer-Reporter.com
12/6/2011 3:31 AM


George J. "Gray Mare" Marra, 91, of McMurray, formerly of Washington, died unexpectedly Sunday, December 4, 2011, in the Canonsburg General Hospital emergency room.

He was born March 18, 1920, in Washington, son of the late John and Maria Sorianni Marra.

Mr. Marra was a graduate of Trinity High School and attended Washington & Jefferson College. He lettered all four years at Trinity in basketball and football.

He was quite the athlete. Mr. Marra played baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He was inducted into the Washington Hall of Fame in 1990; the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Washington-Greene County Chapter receiving the Meritorious Achievement Award in Baseball; the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Washington-Greene Chapter, 1986-1987-1988-1989-1990; and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Washington County Chapter Meritorious Achievement Award S.A. Meyer-Scott Motor, 1947-1948-1949.

Mr. Marra was an avid sportsman and loved all sports. He enjoyed coaching Pony League baseball, bowling in the Alpine Leagues and also playing golf in a league.

He was employed for more than 40 years at Jessop Steel Specialty Department in shipping and receiving, retiring in 1973.

He was a member of Alpine, the Moose Lodge and American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.

Mr. Marra served in the U.S. Army during World War II with Company C, 1296th Engineer Combat Battalion, receiving the American Theater Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, the Phillipine Liberation Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal World War II Medal.

He was definitely a family man. He and his wife, Rose, had so many enjoyable times with his daughter and husband and, most of all, with his granddaughter and his three adorable great-granddaughters. Mr. Marra loved to talk and share his special stories with all of them. He was a charmer and made them laugh and giggle.

Mr. Marra had celebrated 68 years of marriage with his wife, Rose Tiano Marra, who survives.

Also surviving are daughter, Loraine (Robert E.) Patrene of North Strabane; granddaughter Dana Lynn Patrene DaPra of North Strabane; three great-grandchildren Gianna DaPra, Celena DaPra and Isabella DaPra; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a daughter, Janet Lynn Marra; grandson Robert G. Patrene; and his granddaughter's husband, Daniel DaPra.

Friends will be received from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc, Wilson at E. Katherine avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. A blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 7, in the funeral home, with Father Michael Ruffalo officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 and the U.S. Army.