George L Plumbo 93, passed peacefully Monday, July 19th at home with his wife Carrie at his side. Carrie (Cherre) Plumbo of Vandergrift, and George were married for 40 years. They were inseparable, loving and devoted partners and parents who shared children from their previous marriages. George was born in Wendall, PA and grew up in Russellton until he served in the Korean War. He later moved to New Kensington, where he raised his two sons. He worked for General Motors for 30 years. And was an activist for the UAW (United Automobile Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America) serving as a union officer for many years. He was an active member of the VFW, American Legion, Eagles and Owls Clubs.
He passion was baseball! He touched thousands of people’s lives thru his love of the game. As a teen he played shortstop on the infamous West Deer State Champion Legion team along with this brother Carl. His passion carried him from his childhood diamond in West Deer, to being one of the oldest Western PIAA umpires at 88 years young. He was a manager/coach for nearly 20 years in Twin City Little League and St. Joseph HS in Natrona Heights before pursuing umpiring. George was a member of PIAA Baseball and Softball Umpire Association. He loved the Pirates, rarely missing a game whether on the radio, TV, or at the stadium.
Baseball knew no greater fan. This was a man with a big heart. He affectionally called everyone “CUZ”. He along with his wife Carrie volunteered at Meals on Wheels (10yrs), were active members of Saint Margaret Mary’s Church, swam on the YMCA Masters Swim Team, and played in Bocce Tournaments. A few days before his passing they were dancing/singing, a joy they truly loved. George’s parents were Rose (Forcado) Plumbo, and George L Plumbo Sr., from Russellton Brother Carl “Crow” Plumbo. He had two sons, George Jr. of Queenstown, MD and Gerald “Bo” Plumbo, and wife Wendy of Bradenton, FL. He has three wonderful stepdaughters’ with his loving wife Carrie, Cynde Cherre Kahn, and husband Dr. Steven Kahn of Miami FL, Kim Cherre of Apex, NC, and Susan Cherre Gillespie of OR. Grandchildren Ryan, Alex and Elizabeth Plumbo, Brandi Rose and Jordon Gillespie. Nieces and nephews, Pam Poston, husband Bob of Jefferson Township, Russell of Creighton, PA. A private service and interment entrusted to the Frank F. GIgler Funeral Home, Inc., will be held at Lakewood Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Fr. Kenneth Zaccagnini officiating, Donations for a memorial bench to be placed at the ABC baseball fields in Braeburn in his honor can be made to the Frank F. Gigler Funeral Home, Inc. 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. (724) 335-6500.
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