The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 2, 2013

George E. Friel, 87, Muncy


The Daily Item

— MUNCY — George E. Friel, 87, of Gearhart Road, passed away on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia.

He was born Nov. 21, 1925, in Philadelphia, a son of the late Marion (DeWan) Friel McGinnis. He married the former Doris L. Kelley, who preceded him in death on Dec. 21, 2007.

George was a graduate of St. Joseph University, Philadelphia. He served in the Army during World War II.

He was employed as a Philadelphia police officer, then as a Mountie at Fairmont Park, Philadelphia, and as a Philadelphia County clerk. George opened Mike’s bar at 19th Street and Fairmont Avenue, Philadelphia, where he worked as the bartender. He and his wife moved to Muncy in 1998.

George was a member of Church of the Resurrection, Muncy. He was a member of Roland Ritter American Legion Post 268, Muncy, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Retired Police, Fire and Prison Guard Association of Philadelphia and was an active member of the Philadelphia Police Home Association Inc.

George enjoyed hunting and traveling across the United States.

Surviving are three first cousins, Maryann DeWan Switzer, of Lafayette Hill, Joseph DeWan, of Phialdelphia, and Patrick DeWan, of Smyrna, Del.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Church of the Resurrection, 75 Musser Lane, Muncy, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 with his pastor, the Rev. Glenn McCreary, Episcopal vicar of the Western Pastoral Region, as celebrant.

Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County.

The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to the S.P.C.A, 3201 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grenoblefuneralhome.com.