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GALICH GEORGE GALICH January 21, 1930 ~ May 26, 2014 A "Man's Man," George was also the most loving and affectionate husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend there could be. A "coal miner's son," after serving in the Air Force, George and his wife Lucy moved from Pennsylvania to Washington, DC in 1954, where he became a DC Police Officer. He officially retired in the early 60's after sustaining a back injury. Ahead of his time, George recycled. He started Washington Plating Corporation in 1963 which straightened and re-chromed automobile bumpers - hence the nickname "Bumper George." His business grew to sell body shop supplies and the name later changed to Auto Body Supply Co. He survived the 1968 riots when members of the neighborhood stood guard and protected his business on Georgia Ave. by putting the sign "Soul Brother" on his shop. Endearingly, the people in the community called him "White George" After the riots, he saw an opportunity on 14th Street to relocate his business. His love and success of real estate grew from there. He continued to acquire and operate his real estate business in Washington, DC until his death. Of the many names George was known by, the ones he cherished the most were Daddy and GG. George passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband for 35 years of the late Lucy Krizmanic. Surviving are his daughters Kathy (Brad Rozansky) and Toni (Peter Marx) and grandchildren Lucy, Eli, and Luke Rozansky, and Damon, Sally, and Loren Marx. His surviving siblings include Ann Harris, Mildred Radovich, Nick Galich, and Dorothy Katalia. George remarried Bernadette Najar in 1990 and has a wonderful extended family. Services will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD on Saturday, May 31 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers any donations can be made to www.DCPoliceFoundation.org. Please view and sign the family guest book at: www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com/obituary As many would say, "George had a good run!"
Published in The Washington Post on May 30, 2014