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April 22, 2014
Dear Sue, Don and entire Gedeon family, I am very sorry to see that your Dad has passed away. Although I have not seen either of you in a few years, I have many good memories of the Gedeon house and your parents. We have been very lucky to have good parents and to have had them for this long. Please accept my sincere sympathies and God's blessing at this time. Take care,
Caroline Gigliotti (Curran)
April 21, 2014
Your father started playing in our weekly Poker game, at Paul Eiben's invitation, following Leaettea's passing. That is where I met him; I had been in the game since '68, although the game started in '45, the year I was born.

The best words I can use to describe George are: He was a perfect gentleman.
George and I (and my wife) went to see the final practice round of the PGA at Oakmont Country Club, which happened to be the last time Arnold Palmer competed. Although I am not a golfer nor an enthusiast, when I had the opportunity to get tickets at work, George was the first person I thought of. He enjoyed it immensely.
George and I also attended a Pirate game at 3 Rivers Stadium and traveled to Atlantic City together two or three times for weekend gambling and to Las Vegas for the same reason.
I will miss George's considerate and gracious manner. Although I live in the North Hills near Hampton Twp., George was usually the first one to arrive at the card game, while most other participants lived no more than ten or fifteen minutes away. I humored at his occasional grumbling to me (he usually sat beside me) about those who arrived late.
I last saw your father about six or seven years ago on a sunny Saturday afternoon. I took him to lunch at a fish restaurant in the Galleria and when we arrived back at his house, he asked me if I wanted to come in to play a game of Pool, which we occasionally did whenever he hosted a Poker game. Well, that afternoon we played non-stop Pool for about 2 or 3 hours! I recall at the time that he was having trouble seeing well (he had already quit the Poker game about a year before) and told me he was still bowling but could not see the pins! When I asked him how he could bowl with poor eyesight, he said he bowls by the spots on the lane and knows where to drop the ball!
Note to Abby: Your father also played in our game occasionally, both here at my house and at his. I enjoyed his humor and display of athletic trophies downstairs.

George's name often comes up in our now-monthly Poker games, albeit, there are only 2 others playing who played with your father. George used to deal some Poker hands with unique names, e.g., "J & L," and "The Best straight flush wins."
When we play next week, I will ask for a moment of silence in your father's memory. Rest assured, he will not be forgotten in my memories.

If you would like to send me a note about your father's last years, I would appreciate that. I hope he was not in pain. God bless you and your father.

Bill McKinley> sanibill@consolidated.net
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