George Clement Read Jr. age 88 of The Villages, Florida, passed away September 20, 2021. He is preceded in death by his parents, George C. Read Sr. and Alma Eberz Read; his sister Ann Linn Howells; his wife Joan McCormick Read; and sons John E. Read and James H. Read. He is survived by his children, Dawn Johnson-Russell, Gwendolyn Read, Stacey Lawlor, and George C. Read III; and nine grandchildren; Adam Johnson, Grant Johnson, Ross Johnson; Alyssa Read, Jackie Read; Konner Synnestvedt, Skyler Synnestvedt; and Brendan Lawlor, Michael Lawlor; and by five great-grandchildren; Miles Johnson, Levi Johnson, Wyatt Johnson, Kori Johnson, and Kiera Johnson; and by his niece Kim Howells Applegate.
George was the class president in high school and participated in some sports and social clubs of course! He started out his adult life in the Navy after attending college for a brief time, where he partied a ‘little too hard’! He came home and married mom and started their journey that would produce six children and last 39 years until her death in 1994. He had several jobs in sales, starting out in the steel industry, and ending in the packaging industry. He was a natural salesman, and customers loved him. He loved cars, horses, bourbon and golf! He got four hole-in-one’s in his lifetime, and bought a pony in about 1963 which he ‘said’ was for the kids, but really, it was for him! He also enjoyed camping and took the family on a three week camping trip in 1968 from Pennsylvania to California and back, an insane adventure, but we did get to see a lot of the sites the US has to offer! He loved going up in York Beach Maine, and to our cousin’s camp in Shohola PA, and continued his ‘camping’ until his sixties. He moved to Georgia about 20 years ago, then to The Villages about 15 years ago, where there is endless golf and always a party atmosphere, so he was right at home! Unfortunately his memory began to fade several years ago and the onset of dementia was evident.
His favorite sayings have always been ‘strong like bull’ and ‘don’t do anything I wouldn’t do’
Service for him will be held at a later date.