George W. VanSyckle

George W. VanSyckle, 94, of Passavant Retirement Center, Zelienople, formerly of 424 Franklin Avenue, Ellwood City, died on Wednesday morning, February 2, 2011, at UPMC Passavant Hospital in McCandless.

He was born in Dola, West Virginia (Harrison Co.), near Clarksburg, on May 8, 1916 to the late Russell and the late Ada Pigott VanSyckle.

He was a graduate of Fairmont State College, and attended graduate school at WVU and Akron University.

He was a teacher in the Harrison County Schools, until moving to the Canton Ohio area in 1962, where he also taught school. From 1945-50, he worked at radio station WBOY in Clarksburg, and later at AAA Motor Clubs in West Virginia.

After retiring in 1976, he moved to Ellwood City, where he had often worked on the family farm in the Bennetts Run area. He enjoyed genealogy and traveling, and gathered the VanSyckle and Pigott family’s history back to and beyond the Revolutionary War, when they lived in Milford and Flemington, New Jersey.

He belonged to the Harrison Co., Germantown, and Hunterdon Co. Historical Societies, and turned over many land deeds and grants to them.

After moving to Ellwood City, he was active in community affairs and politics, and belonged to the Lawrence County Republican Party, and the Ellwood City Historical Society.

He also was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish, and had been active at St. Agatha Church.

He is survived by cousins in the Harrison County WV and Hunterdon County NJ areas.

There will be no public visitation. Arrangements have been entrusted to the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Interment will be in Lumberport Lions Cemetery, Lumberport, WV.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ellwood City Meals on Wheels Program.

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