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George Spiros Lulos Jr.

January 17, 1949 — October 10, 2023

George Spiros Lulos, Jr.

“Everyone has a story.” – George Lulos

Lulos – George Spiros, 74, Johnstown, died October 10th, 2023, following a brave battle with many health issues. Born January 17, 1949 in Buckhannon, West Virginia, son of George and Rose E. (Torjak) Lulos. Preceded in death by parents; and beloved wife, Rosemary A. (Stiffler) Lulos. Survived by puppy dog, Katie Murphy; son, Jason George Lulos; daughter, Jessica Rose (Lulos) Klingebiel, married to Kurt Erich Klingebiel, and their sons, Eric and Jack, Leonardtown, MD. Brother of Julie (Jeff) Peterson, Gowrie, Iowa; Michelle Livingston, Flower Mound, Texas.

George was exceptionally smart. As kind as he was intelligent. Salutatorian at Buckhannon-Upshur High School. English, American Studies, and Psychology degrees at Rutgers University. A diligent college student but some hijinks ensued: ask his best friend Woody about the cannon fiasco: a great story. Fluent in German and French; conversant in Greek and Hungarian. A proud member of the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation and Mensa. Loved to read. Obsessed with books. A personal collection once topped 10,000, half of which he donated to libraries in Harrisburg and Johnstown. Diehard Steelers and Penn State fan. Could discuss everything from football to philosophy. Always interested in other peoples’ stories.

His career started with teaching at Rutgers, Princeton, Glassboro State, and Temple. He then worked for the United States Army for four years in Germany and traveled Europe with his family. His lasting career would be commercial real estate, working at Crown American, Bennett Williams, CB Richard Ellis, Colliers, SVN, and lastly as copartner of Crossroads Commercial Real Estate. George’s colleagues spoke highly of his intellect and generous personality. His friend and Crossroads partner, William Aiello, once noted George was a “legend in the field.”

But George’s real success in life was as husband, father, brother, uncle, and grandfather. Like those wise, selfless characters in novels by Charles Dickens and movies by Frank Capra. Think Bertrand Russell, Mr. Miyagi, and George Bailey all rolled into one. As much as he loved books, the true love of his life was Rosemary. They married on June 23rd, 1973, had twins in 1977, and were stellar parents. Rose was one of 10 siblings, so George married into a family the size of a small country. A welcoming country with great stories, always offering a helping hand. Or a beer. Or five. George and Rose couldn’t have been happier.

Despite being a workaholic, family was always first: piano recitals, little league, band and chorus, (always with a camera or camcorder), family picnics, football games, library trips, and family favorite beach vacations. It’s sad Rose and George are now both gone. Maybe they are perusing Heaven’s infinite library or listening to James Taylor while relaxing on the beach. That’s a good ending to this story.

There will be no viewing nor public service per George’s wishes. Arrangements by Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home, Inc., South Fork.

In lieu of flowers or donations, please take a minute to read George’s rules for a good life. If you ever forget these rules, ask his children. They’ve known them by heart since they were five years old.

1. Always be aware of your surroundings.
2. Always work with things; not against them.
3. Always leave a place better than you found it. (George did)
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