George A. Villafuerte
1927 - 2021
August 30, 1927 - September 6, 2021 George Antonio Villafuerte, affectionately known to many as "Coach", was born to Francisco and Regina Villafuerte on August 30, 1927. A native of Los Angeles, CA and U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War, George was a gentle and humble person. He had a strong connection to the people in his life - never missing an important moment, or a chance to brighten someone's day with a kind word or poem. George was a man of many interests. While studying at LA City College, he advanced his musical skills as a drummer and vocalist, going on to join the Musicians' Union and playing gigs with some of the great jazz musicians of the time. A sports enthusiast and avid fan of the UCLA Bruins, George dedicated his life to many Los Angeles area sports leagues and schools. During the 60s and 70s he worked as a Coach and PE Instructor at Our Mother of Good Counsel Elementary School. Alongside that, he taught tennis for LA Parks & Rec at various facilities in Griffith Park and the San Fernando Valley. Some of his favorite pastimes were serving as an usher for the LA Rams and UCLA basketball and football programs, as well as volunteering for the Olympics and US Open Tennis Championships. Whether playing jazz or mentoring young athletes, George could always be found among friends with a helping hand and a warm smile. George was predeceased by his brothers (Jimmy, Joe) and sisters (Ida, Beatrice, Norah), and survived by many nieces, nephews and their families. Rosary 5:00 pm Thu Oct 21 at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, Los Angeles; Graveside Burial Service 9:30 am Fri Oct 22 at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills. Donations in lieu of flowers to: Team USA Olympic & Paralympic Foundation (Colorado Springs) or the charity of your choice.
Published by Los Angeles Times from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17, 2021.
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Our Mother of Good Counsel Church
Los Angeles, CA
Graveside service
San Fernando Mission Cemetery
Mission Hills, CA
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George was a good friend for years as his sister and I were very close. I just found out about your passing, RIP my friend and now you are with your beloved sister Bea. Love Ron & Phillip
Ron Newsome
December 5, 2021
Gentle George; It was a pleasure and privilege to know him. He is fondly remembered.
Maureen Osborn
October 22, 2021
George has been in my family´s life for as long as I can remember. George, my mother Sheila and my father Bob all met while in the Newman Club (Catholic college organization) as students at Cal State LA (LA State I think). As a child George would randomly come by our house. I even remember once when our family ran into him at some random food place on the way back from San Diego. It seemed no matter where you went someone knew George. Later in life George and my mother became a "thing". For the past thirty plus years George and my mother forged a long time friendship that compares with no other. When my mother got dementia George was there the whole way even traveling to Utah to visit with her numerous times. From watching our sporting events, singing at pubs and piano bars, getting my brother into UCLA football games George has always been there. It´s hard to think that this wonderful man is no longer in the lives of the so many he touched. George you will be greatly missed and are truly loved
Colleen H
October 15, 2021
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