George, passed away at the NJ Fireman's Home in Boonton on Thursday, Jan. 9 at the age of 90.
He was born Feb. 13, 1923 in Clifton and lived in Clifton for most of his life before retiring to Ft. Myers, Florida. His parents were Stephen Pachuta and Mary (Gula) Pachuta who both emigrated from Czechoslovakia and went through Ellis Island, NY.
His beloved wife Margaret S. Pachuta (also of Clifton) died in 1996 and his brother Willie also predeceased him. George and Margaret are survived by their three children, Don (Bridgewater, NJ), Lorraine Burkett (Burlington, VT), Dean (Midland Park, NJ) and two grandchildren, Scott (Whitehouse, NJ) and Lindsey Micelli (Hoboken, NJ).
George graduated Clifton HS in 1942 and then served as a Sergeant in the US Army
, where he participated in the Normandy D-Day invasion on through to VE day. After the service, George met Margaret (Schmitz), who corresponded with him during the war when she was a volunteer nurse in Clifton. They married soon after at St. John's Lutheran Church of Clifton. He joined the Clifton Fire Dept. in 1951 and rose to the rank of Deputy Chief. He retired in 1976 and moved to Ft. Myers, FL where he and his wife enjoyed many hobbies including photography, line dancing, playing cards and occasional dog track visits with his retired fireman friends. He loved to convert old records into tapes and CD's for distribution to friends and family after putting on his special "DJ intro." Once you were on "Patch's CD List" you never got off! He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend who served his family, community and country very well.
Funeral services will be Tuesday 11 AM at the Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 1313 Van Houten Ave., Clifton. Interment to follow at Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Upper Montclair. Visiting will be held on Monday from 3-7 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NJ Fireman's Home, 565 Lathrop Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005. Please visit www.bizub.com
for driving directions and online condolences.