The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

May 10, 2013

George Arcurio Jr.

JOHNSTOWN — ARCURIO – George Jr. “Junior,” 83, Johnstown, died May 9, 2013, at Arbutus Park Manor. Born Nov. 18, 1929, in Johnstown, son of George and Angeline (Pallone) Arcurio. Preceded in death by parents and brother, Raymond “Archie” Arcurio. Survived by loving wife, Margaret (Dyda) Arcurio; son, George III, married to Jean (Walters), Johnstown; daughters, Kate, married to Ed Flohr, Pittsburgh; Lisa Arcurio, and companion, Kevin Lehman, Johnstown; and Carla, married to Jack Kalkbrenner, Pittsburgh; grandchildren, Joseph G. Arcurio, Eddie and Tara Flohr, Taylor and Rachel Kalkbrenner; brothers, Frank, married to Pauline (Camut); and Robert, married to Wendy (Herron), all of Johnstown; and sister-in-law, Marian (Howard) Arcurio, wife of Raymond. George led a distinguished career in public service beginning in 1969, when he was elected to Johnstown City Council and subsequently served multiple terms under the commission, mayor-council and strong-mayor forms of government. In the years to follow, Junior continued to pursue his political endeavors holding various appointed and elected positions within state, county and local government. He was a five-term elected state Democratic committeeman, and in 1971, was honored to receive an appointment as Cambria County treasurer by the Pennsylvania State Senate to fill an unexpired term. In 1976, George worked as chief investigator in Cambria County District Attorney’s office until his commitment to local government led him to accept an appointment as the Public Works director for the city of Johnstown in 1977. While operating this department, he also was selected as the city’s Police Commissioner, a job he committed to until the early 1980s. By 1984, Junior furthered his career and accepted a position with the Pennsylvania State Auditor General’s Office, as a public assistance investigator, where he remained until his retirement. In spite of his tireless community efforts and political interests, George’s love of baseball was admired most of all. He was determined to bring the finest amateur baseball tournament in the country to Johnstown – permanently. He served as president of the All-American Amateur Baseball Association (AAABA) National Board of Directors from 1994-1995, and after 28 consecutive years as president of the Johnstown Oldtimers, George was a driving force in the creation of the Hall of Fame, to which he was inducted in 1994. He established a permanent home for the hall in one of the buildings behind the right-field bleachers at Johnstown’s Point Stadium to display tournament history with books, photos and memorabilia from years past for the public to enjoy. He continued his vision of promoting Johnstown, when in 1996, he was instrumental in confirming a deal with Prime Sports KBL network to televise the official opening game and several other games, during the 52nd annual tournament in conjunction with WJAC-TV. He believed this event would attract not only local and regional interest, but also national and international notice. Bringing some of the finest amateur baseball talent to Johnstown every August has been a mission and source of pride for this baseball devotee for nearly 40 years. Junior’s involvement in AAABA made the tournament a “family affair” as his son, George III, has carried on the tradition and operated the national tourney in recent years for his father who despite declining health, is a familiar sight during tournament week. In 2008, George graciously accepted the John P. Murtha Education Award, which recognized his efforts and that of the Greater Johnstown School District to develop Fichtner Field, in the city’s West End, and dedicated it for use by the district’s student-athletes. George is probably most remembered for being the leader of one of the finest dance bands this area has ever known – the “G.A. Combo,” and later the George Arcurio Orchestra, featured 13 of the best musicians in the country, and performed throughout the tri-state area for some of the area’s most prestigious events. George undoubtedly loved this city, its people, and always worked to make Johnstown a better place to live – but above all, was devoted to his wife, children, grandchildren, brothers and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. At the request of the family, there will be a private viewing. Family and friends are invited to a public celebration of his life at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, 609 Park Ave., where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 13, Father Matthew Reese, celebrant. Entombment, Richland Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Arbutus Park Manor, “Crossroads” or a charity of your choice in memory of George Arcurio Jr. Condolences may be sent through www.ducafuneralhome.com.

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