George Suprick Jr., 85, of Ransom Twp., died Friday afternoon. He is survived by his second wife, the former Maureen McCormick Huber, to whom he was married for 13 years.
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Born at the family homestead on May 2, 1927, son of the late George Sr. and Verna Labonich Suprick, he was a 1945 graduate of Newton- Ransom High School, where he was the valedictorian and class president. He received a degree in agriculture from Penn State University, specializing in analysis of raw milk/inspection within dairy production.
In the 1950s, he was the tax collector for Ransom Twp. George was the owner and operator of George Suprick Trucking, which delivered milk for Aldovin Dairy, Louden Hill Farms and Garden State Farms. He also was co-owner of Lotts Service Station, Tunkhannock, and Bandage Tire Recapping, Scranton. He worked for Gilchrist Trucking as safety director, and he retired in 1991 from TRL Trucking as safety director. Upon retirement, George then devoted his time to raising registered beef cattle on his family farm, and he was so proud to call each cow by name.
He was a parishioner of St. George's Orthodox Church and a 54-year member of Acacia Lodge 579, F&AM, both of Taylor; Keystone Consistory, Valley of Scranton AASR; Irem Temple Shrine; Rockport Hunting Club since 1968; and Future Farmers of America. George loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman, looking forward to his yearly fishing trips to Canada. He also had a passion for sprint-car racing in which he proudly followed and supported his son, George.
Also surviving are two sons, George P. III and wife, Sharon, and Mark A. Sr. and companion, Tina Traver, all of Clarks Summit; a grandson, Mark A. Jr. and wife, Kelly, Lake Sheridan; two sisters, Mary Suprick, Clarks Summit, and Madeline Cook, Harveys Lake; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He also was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Mae Hudzina; a brother, Michael; and three sisters, Verna Franko, Anna Rita Lewis and Helen Conaghan.
The funeral will be Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. from the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor, followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30 in St. George's Orthodox Church, 743 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Taylor.
Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Parastas services will at 5. Acacia Lodge 579 Masonic services will be at 7.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. George's Orthodox Church, 743 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517.
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Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 3, 2013