April 16, 1924 April 22, 2007
HURON - George O. Fish, 83, of Huron, died Sunday at Erie County Care Facility, Huron. George previously lived with his daughter and son-in-law in Norwalk for four years.
He was born April 16, 1924 in Flint, Mich. to the late Nina Vay and George R. Fish.
Following graduation from Bendle High School in 1924, he enlisted and served his country honorably during World War II from 1941 to 1944 in the Army as sergeant with the 257th Field Artillery Battalion in Northern France and Central Europe earning numerous medals of distinction.
Following the war, he returned to Michigan and began working for the Postal system in Davison. In 1947 he married Maxine E. Alexander of Davison, Mich. and raised two children, Janell and Kevin. While working for the Postal system, George and his late wife Maxine also owned and operated Northern Advertising and Mailing Company, located in Davison, Mich. He retired from the Post Office in April 1979 after 35 years of service.
Prior to moving to Bonita Springs to enjoy retirement, George married Shirley Simmington in 1986. While living in Bonita Springs, George enjoyed for many years the position of president of the Leisure Time Association and as a couple, enjoyed the position of Activities Directors.
Fish, nick-named by his children 'Grouper,' loved painting with oils, especially landscapes with barns and portraits of flowers. He also enjoyed bird watching, loved the game of golf, casinos and chocolate treats! His standing birthday dinner always consisted of Coney dogs, fries, root beer and of course, apple pie for dessert! He had a fabulously quick wit, a big smile for everyone he came in contact with and an infectious sense of humor which touched everyone with laughter, whether a friend or stranger.
He was a long time member of the American Legion Post No. 267 in Davison, Mich., Davison Country Club, The Masonic Lodge, Fraternal Order of Eagles of Durand, Mich., the Elks Club and Moose Lodge of Bonita Springs, Fla. He had held the positions of City Councilman for the city of Davison, Mich. and also served as postmaster of Davison, Mich., along with active roles with the Rotary Club, Lions Club and other numerous affiliations throughout his professional business career as owner of Northern Advertising and Mailing Company.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Janell and Paul Davenport of Bellevue; a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Patricia Fish of Davison, Mich.; a stepson and wife, Glenn Michael and Mary Simmington of Flint, Mich.; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and John of Michigan, brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene and Joan of Michigan, Lyle and Jeri of Michigan, four grandchildren, nieces and nephews, dear friends and his cat, "Catfish."
Cremation has taken place and burial will be in Flint, Mich. following a memorial service to be announced at a later date.
Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main St., Norwalk.