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George Rodgers Lieberman
George Rodgers Lieberman died peacefully, after a short illness, on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 in Naples, FL. He was surrounded by his loving wife, Catherine J. (Cathy) Lieberman, and his four children. George embraced life every day of his 90+ years. He was born on August 3, 1922, the eldest child of Mary Rodgers Lieberman and George Ralph Lieberman in Allentown, PA. George served our nation as a United Staes Navy Wildcat Fighter pilot from an escort carrier, the US Petrof Bay, in the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and other South Pacific battle sites. Lieutenant j.g. Lieberman was a World War II hero, receiving a Distinguished Flying Cross and continuing to pilot Corsair Fighters in the Naval Reserves. He co-owned a classic US Navy Stearman with his friend, Dick Young, and two Piper Aztecs with his friend, Dr. Bob Jaeger, flying all over the US, Mexico, and the Caribbean. His love of flight never diminished. Well into his eighties, he landed the largest airplane of his life, his daughters King Air 300, multiple times. George graduated with a B.A. from Muhlenberg College in 1949. At Muhlenberg he discovered an interest in American history that he nurtured throughout his life. He was an avid reader and had limitless curiosity about the ever changing world; he was both an observer and a full participant for nine decades. In 1955, George launched an advertising agency, Lieberman Associates, in Allentown, PA. The firm grew to be the largest agency in Northeast PA, serving clients such as Mack Trucks, Atlantic Cement (with his friend Don Halsted), Mitsubishi Trucks, Nations Credit, Alpo Pet Foods, Bethlehem Steel, Air Products, Merchants National Bank and many others. George also founded and managed Interspace Airport Advertising, a firm specializing in mid-size airport advertising programs. Airport concessions were managed in cities including Allentown, PA; Fort Myers, FL; Fort Lauderdale, FL; and many more. After George retired, his children continued to grow Interspace and the business was successfully sold to Clear Channel Outdoor in 2006. George treasured this success. A true entrepreneur, George was co-owner of two Mack Trucks distributorships in South Carolina, partner in the Hotel Traylor and Parkwood Realty, real estate businesses in Allentown, PA. He served on the Board of Directors of Merchants National Bank of Allentown for twenty years and on the Board of Directors of Ellsworth and Bancroft Convertible Closed End Bond Funds in NJ for over ten years. When George and Cathy moved to Bonita Bay in 1992, they both became licensed realtors and built a successful business as part of Primier Sothebys International Realty that Cathy continues to operate today. George conducted an open house for the business in December 2012. George had a passion for golf, for decades he was a member of Lehigh Country Club in Allentown and Bonita Bay Country Club, in Bonita Springs, FL. He shot his age or better many times including last month. George had eight holes in one. That is not a typo! George was involved in many not-for-profit efforts throughout his life. He led the fundraiser for the St. Francis Retreat House in Easton, PA for years to help his friend, Father Jerome Pavilik. He was a director of the Valley Youth House in Bethlehem, PA and helped build the St. Thomas More parish in Allentown, PA with his friend, Monsignor Robert Coll. In Florida, he has served his Montara Home Owners Association. George enjoyed the adventure of travel, visiting Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe (with a passion for Germany). George especially treasured his more recent visits to Maine, Boston, Cape Cod, Telluride, the Bahamas, Saucon Valley, the Lehigh Valley, and Maple Springs Vineyard with so many close family members and friends. In 2011 and 2012, there were a wonderful series of 90th birthday events celebrating a life well lived. They took place in South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Pennsylvania, and Florida- all orchestrated by George; each a celebration cherished by all who attended. Most importantly for George was that he shared it all with his beloved wife, Cathy. George was so excited about his family. His four children won NCAA and World championships, staffed a U.S. congressmans office, and built on his successful business. And his 13 grandchildren are just getting warmed up! He celebrated their accomplishments as much as his own. Survivors: He is survived by his children, Karen Lieberman-Daly and her husband, Ed, and their children, Kate and Colin, Mike Lieberman and his wife, Molly, and their children, Maura and her husband, Zach Ohls (and great grandchild Riley), and Paige, Blair and Brooke, Mark Lieberman and his wife, Debbie, and their children, Maria and her husband, Arron Smalley, Tom, Nick and his wife, Christina (and great grandchild Parker), Sarah and Kevin, and Marianne Lieberman and her spouse, Carolyn Grant, and their children Meghan and Clare. These are the children and families from Georges marriage with Jean Doern Lieberman, who also survives him. George is also survived by Cathys children, Neale Boyle and his wife, Carolyn and their children, Brian, Kevin, Mary Kate and Connor, Bridget Boyle, and Patrick Boyle and his wife, Lisa, and their children, Brendan, Colin, and Riley. George was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Tom Lieberman and Toms wife, Mim. He is survived by his brother, Jerry Lieberman and his wife, Gladys, of Myrtle Beach, SC; and by his sister, Ann McCann and her husband, Bob, of Bethlehem, PA and Sarasota, FL; and many loved nieces and nephews. Services: A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Naples, FL on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Agnes Church Capital Campaign, 7775 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, FL 34120.
Published in Morning Call on Jan. 20, 2013
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