Niagara Gazette


June 13, 2013

John J. George


Resident of Santa Clara, CA, John George passed away on May 31, 2013, at the age of 69. He was born in Niagara Falls to Joseph and Grace George. He graduated from LaSalle Senior High School in 1962, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Niagara University in 1967. Later that summer, he married Melanie Wozniak and they moved to Omaha, NE where John received his Juris Doctor degree from Creighton University in 1970.
A job offer as general counsel for Executive Fund Life Insurance Company brought John, Melanie and their young daughters to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1971. John opened his private legal practice in 1973 and continued to work as a trial lawyer and mediator, until his retirement in 2012. He also taught in the Stanford Law School Trial Advocacy program and in the Santa Clara University and West Valley College Paralegal programs.
John was a dedicated community servant who supported public education. In 1992 he created the Santa Clara Schools Foundation and served on its board for 19 years. In 2002 he incorporated the Santa Clara Teacher Housing Foundation, one of the first of its kind in the nation.
John is survived by Melanie, his wife of 45 years; daughters, Leslie (Chris) Kloes of Santa Clara, CA and Merrill (Brian) Turner of Santa Clara, CA; grandchildren, Caroline and Vincent Kloes; sister, Rosemary (David) Gleason of Greensboro, NC and brother, Joseph (Barbara) George of Niagara Falls.  
Should you wish to make a donation in John's memory, please direct it to the John George Scholarship Fund, Santa Clara Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 1369, Santa Clara, CA 95052-1369; or to Hospice of the Valley, 4850 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA  95124.
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