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.