George Edward Scunziano Jr.
George Edward Scunziano Jr. passed away on March 8, 2020, in Tucson, Arizona, after complications from a recent surgery. George was born on February 10, 1952, in Brooklyn, NY. He was the first of 11 children, born to the late George and Claire Scunziano.
George spent half of his life creating the “legend” that only he could create, and the second half of his life trying to escape that legend. He was an extremely talented person. He was knowledgeable in all phases of the building/construction trades, an excellent auto mechanic, and also a wonderful artist and poet. After graduating Northville Central School in 1970, like many other men his age, George served his country as one of the many people fighting over in Vietnam, and returning home with memories he preferred not to share.
To sum up a life in one or two paragraphs is impossible, and even more so with George. His story wouldn’t be complete without acknowledging the “wild” side of George, but those tales would best be told by his many friends, while sitting at a bar and trying to convince anyone listening that those stories are not exaggerated. Yet, when it came to seeing his true passion in life, you didn’t have to look any further than Georgie’s beloved “children” — Buddy and Baby. Thinking of George being reunited with his pets is exactly the kind of happy thoughts we need to embrace, as we say goodbye to our oldest brother and friend.
George is survived by his loving siblings, Linda (John) Lyons of Tucson, Arizona, Jim (Tambry) Scunziano of Terrebonne, Oregon; Marjorie (Edgar) Sams of Silver Spring, Maryland; Al (Jen) Scunziano of Latonia, Kentucky, John (Cindy) Scunziano of Northville, NY, Trish (Mic) Williams of Tucson, Arizona, Joe (Kathy) Scunziano of Angier, North Carolina, Bob (Lugnut) Scunziano of Edinburg, NY, Mike (Judy) Scunziano of Mayfield, NY, and Bill (Stacey) Scunziano of Waterford, NY; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
There will be no calling hours. A celebration of life will be held in the spring or early summer. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you happily make a donation to your local humane society, in honor of George, or if you find yourself at a restaurant/bar, buy a drink token for a “stranger” and tell them it was from Georgie.