George E. Friel

George E. Friel, 87, of Gearhart Road, Muncy, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at the Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia.

Born Nov. 21, 1925, in Philadelphia, he was 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 U.S. 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 and Fairmont Ave., Philadelphia, where he worked as the bartender. He and his wife moved to Muncy in 1998.

George was a member of the Church of the Resurrection, Muncy.

He was a member of the Roland Ritter American Legion, Post 268, Muncy, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Retired Police, Fire and Prison Guard Association of Philadelphia and 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 Philadelphia and Patrick DeWan of Smyrna, Del.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at his church, 75 Musser Lane, Muncy. Officiating will be his pastor, Rev. Glenn McCreary, Episcopal Vicar of the Western Pastoral Region.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, 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.

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