George Simitoski


Full Name
George Simitoski

Date of Birth
Sunday, March 18th, 1928

Date of Death
Monday, December 6th, 2021


George Simitoski, age 93, of Fairview, passed away Monday, December 6, 2021 at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born in Lyndora, PA, on March 18, 1928, a son of the late Michael and Tanka Simitoski.

George graduated from Butler High School.  He was a WW II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy as 3rd Class Petty Officer and served in the ready reserve during the Korean War for 5 years.

He attended Clarion University as a Penn State freshman. George received a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State, majoring in Horticulture; and was a soil scientist with a background in Agronomy. He received a Master’s Degree from Pitt University, in Building Trades and Maintenance, and was six credits shy away from obtaining his Ph.D.

Upon graduation, he went to work at Fairview Evergreen Nurseries; he then went on to teach Biology and Health at East High School (1961-1984) and Tech Memorial (1984-1989). George was also certified in teaching academic and vocational Chemistry and Science and Horticulture. 

George was a hunter safety instruction for the Pennsylvania Game Commission; a member of the National Rifle Association, Pennsylvania Education Association; a part time arborist for the City of Erie for 5 years and a lifelong member of the Fairview American Legion Post #742.

He was a church school teacher at St. Stephens Episcopal Church and served as Keyman for two years. The last church membership was at East Lake Presbyterian Church while living on East Lake Road in Harborcreek.

George was the owner of Swanville Nursery which planted over 30, 000 shade trees throughout Erie and surrounding area, mostly in the City of Erie; he grew evergreens at property in Warren County at camp location and in Fairview.  He was the owner, developer and builder at Deer Run and Douglas Fir Subdivisions in Fairview.

With his wife, Barbara, they were flea market vendors for over 16 years during winter months in Stuart, FL and New York and Pennsylvania in the summer months.

He loved gardening, and for many years had 2 gardens, one in Florida and the other in Pennsylvania; he enjoyed traveling as well as hunting camp in Warren County.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Samuel, John, Michael, Paul Simitoski, Anne Uram, and Helen Lonchena.

George is survived by his wife, Barbara (Motty) Simitoski of Fairview; four sons: George (Stephanie), Paul (Brenda), William (Jacqueline), and Jim (Tara); and seven grandchildren, Randy, Michele Irwin, Lindsay Fiddler, Michael, Kyle, Arron, Heather Miller. He is further survived by 15 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at Burton Funeral Home, 525 Main St. East, Girard on Friday from 3-6 pm and are invited there for a service on Saturday at 11 am.

Burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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Calling Hours

Friday, December 10th, 2021 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Burton Funeral Home, Inc. Girard – West County - 525 Main St E Girard, PA 16417

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Service Information

Saturday, December 11th, 2021, 11:00 AM

Burton Funeral Home, Inc. Girard – West County - 525 Main St E Girard, PA 16417

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