A few years later, his parents moved to Fair Haven, Connecticut where George attended St. Francis parochial elementary school, graduating in 1942. He was honored with a 4-year scholarship to the only Catholic high school in New Haven, St. Mary's Academy, where he was active in the drama club and was manager of the baseball and basketball teams.
Upon graduating in 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, spending most of his 18-month service in Japan. In 1948, he entered Pratt Institute Engineering school in Brooklyn NY, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. While there he was active in student government as editor of the Prattler newspaper and Chairman of the Student Finance Committee. Summers he worked as a mail handler on the railroad and a ticket agent for the Greyhound Bus Company in New Haven. In his last year at Pratt, he met Nancy Leora Purcell of Schenectady NY.
In 1953 he graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering, married Nancy and began his career at General Electric, holding such positions as Manager of Sales, Manager of Product Planning and Manager of Internal Sales, retiring in 1989 as International Marketing Manager with GE's small motor business. Over the years, his work took him to England, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Venezuela, Columbia, Argentina and Canada.
His 37-year career with GE took George and Nancy and their growing family from DeKalb, IL, to Springfield, PA, Fort Wayne, IN, back to DeKalb, Grand Haven, MI, and to Louisville, KY, gaining new, lifelong friends with every move along the way. For many summers, George and his family gathered in Bayside, Maine, a special place that all the generations hold close in their hearts, building wonderful memories with every visit.
During his life, George was active in civic organizations such as President of the St. Mary’s School Board in Dekalb, IL, President of the Chicago Chapter of the G.E. Elfun Society, President of the Wheatsheaf Rd. Civic Association in Springfield, PA, and Curriculum Chairman for the Hope Academy of Senior Professionals in Holland, MI. to name a few.
He is survived by his wife Nancy in Charlotte, NC; sister Mary Lou Darling of Brooksville, FL; his 4 children, Leslie Gillock (Curt) of Monroe, NC, George Scholhamer III (Judy) of Tomball, TX, Ann Scholhamer of Chicago, IL and Jim Scholhamer of Danville, CA; 12 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; and many, many loving nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Louretta, his brother William and his sister Joan.
The family remembered George, the best husband, father and grandfather at a small memorial in Charlotte immediately following his death. A mass will be celebrated for George at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grand Haven, MI on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
Donations in his memory should be made to the American Diabetes Association or St. Francis School, 423 Ferry St., New Haven, CT 06513.