George E. Heid Jr., 64, of Hollisterville, died Sunday morning at Hospice Community Care in Dunmore after an illness. His wife is Leslie Jenny Gevaras Heid.
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Born in Peckville, son of Eleanor Rutkosky Heid, Archbald, and the late George E. Heid, he was raised in Archbald and attended Archbald High School. George was a Marine Corps veteran and, before retirement, he was employed as a truck driver for 39 years. George was a member of the Hricak-McAndrew American Legion Post 869, Archbald, a member and sergeant-at-arms of the Society of American Magicians 160 and a charter member of the Powdered Keggers Sportsman Club. George was most recently known as Magic Grandpa and Honesdale Santa.
George was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. He adored his grandchildren and was an avid hunter. He was happiest when doing magic, making balloon figures or playing Santa.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice Community Care for their exceptional care.
Also surviving are sons, George E. Heid III, Moscow; Vincent Heid, Moosic and fiancée, Jessica; Philip Gevaras and wife, Shannon; and Michael Gevaras and companion, Nicole; grandchildren, Zoe Lyons, Patrick, Ruth, Karrina, Michael Jr. and Piper Gevaras, Jamie Hutchins, Debray Davis and Kyleigh Heid; brothers, Jerry Heid and wife, Terri, Peckville; Danny Heid and wife, Marge, Archbald; Jeff Heid, Archbald; and John Heid and companion, Michelle, Jermyn; sisters, Nancy Suriano and husband, Frank, Denver, Pa.; and Jean Marie Heid and partner, Lori, Massachusetts; two daughters; nieces and nephews; two godchildren, Jason Heil and Scott Sheruda; and his beloved dog, Holly.
The funeral and military honors will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, with the Rev. Patricia Lee officiating. Interment, private.
Friends may call Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509. For online condolences, go to www.duffyandsnowdon.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 8, 2013