Raymond C. GEORGE

May 21, 1941 - April 19, 2003

05/21/1941 - 04/19/2003

Past Services

Tuesday April 22, 2003
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Wednesday April 23, 2003
10:00 am
Our Lady of Lebanon
2216 Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
Wednesday April 23, 2003
11:00 am
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Wheeling
National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions

GEORGE, Raymond Charles., 61, of Lee Drive, Wheeling, W.Va., died unexpectedly at his home Saturday April 19, 2003.
Born May 21, 1941 in Wheeling, a son of Nicholas George of Wheeling and Irene C. Gilmour of Cleveland, OH.
Through his involvement with the environment and his community he touched individuals locally, nationally and internationally. He was a very passionate person who enjoyed life and will be sadly missed.
Ray graduated from Wheeling Central Catholic High School in 1959. He attended Ohio University-Eastern and graduated from West Liberty State College in 1976 with a double major in Chemistry and Business Administration.
Fot the past 33 years he dedicated his life to public service. He began his career in the wheeling field office of the US Public Health Service, the predecessor to the US Environmental Protection Agency, in 1970. He served as a chemist, stream sampler, laboratory methodology developer, trainer, senior advisor and report writer. During this period he served as project officer for many industrial US PHS funded research projects.
He later served as a US EPA Enforcement Team member. He helped negotiate settlements under water quality regulations for discharging excessive qualities of pollutants through the US Department of Justice. He also worked with the US Attorneys office as an appointed special investigator and was a part of the first full scale criminal investigation in US EPA history.
From 1978 to present he has worked in the US EPA Office of congressional and Government Relations as the Western Pennsylvania/ West Virginia State Liaison Officer. He was responsible for briefing senior regional staff on emerging issues and maintaining relations between EPA, state, and local agencies. Because of his responsibilities, Ray worked closely with many local, state and federal political leaders.
Ray was the recipient of numerous awards and recognition including the US EPA Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, the Silver Medal for Superior Service, the Bronze Medal for Commendable Service, Certificate for Appreciation for Lifetime Contribution, Region III Public Service Award , Sierra Club Cranberry Award for Outstanding Performance and the WV Secretary of State Spirit of Freedom and Magnificent Mountaineer Awards to name a few.
He was proud to be asked to develop travel agendas and host numerous international environmental notables from Europe, South America and China. Ray regularly was invited to speak about environmental issues to many organizations throughout WV, OH and PA.
He developed, produced and hosted over 300 segments of Eviroscope, an environmental talk show for PBS. He created and chaired both the Eastern Mine Drainage Federal Consortium and the Western Pennsylvania Voluntary Initiative for Pollution Prevention. He was a Commissioner on the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission and a member of the Federal Regional Council.
He was a visiting instructor for the Department of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University and an avid WVU Mountaineer football fan. He also served as a judge in a number of high school science fairs, both on local, state and national levels.
Ray was a staunch supporter of Wheeling. He was a former member candidate for Wheeling City Council. He was never a person who sought public appreciation for his love for Wheeling and helped develop numerous economic projects behind the public eye. Some of the projects included a recent 2 million dollar improvement to the Oglebay Institute Schrader Evironmental Education Center, founding the United Wheeling organization, and bringing charter air service to Wheeling.
He was a former member of the Wheeling Elks Club and his hobbies included, gardening, computers, amateur radio and tending to his fishpond.
He was an active parishioner of Our Lady of Lebanon Church, where he served as a church council member and helped resurrect the famous Maharajan picnic held in Oglebay Park each year.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 37 years, Elizabeth Ann George; three sons, Christopher Raymond and his wirfe Connie of Wheeling, Raymond Michael and his wife Christina of Bellaire and Jason Andrew of Wheeling; a half-brother, Rick of Cleveland and two grandchildren, Sebastian and Charlize.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-9 pm on Tuesday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling, where a vigil service will be held at 8 pm. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at 10 am on Wednesday April 23, 2003 at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church, Wheeling, with the Rev. Bakhos Chidiac as celebrant. Interment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the the Our Lady of Lebanon Building Fund, 2216 Eoff Street, Wheeling, 26003.

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Wanda F. Johnson
8 years ago

Hi. I had the opportunity of working with Ray for the first time right before he went home to be with the Lord. I work for EPA in Region 3 for the drinking water program as the program manager for WV. The Dept. of Health and Human Resources were in dire need of additional funds which I was in the process of getting for them. However, there is a 5 day congressional waiting period where I am not allowed to inform WV that their funds have been awarded. Considering the time constraints the Dept. was under, I needed to get a congressional waiver and I was informed that Ray George was the liaison whom I needed to contact. Before even calling Ray, I heard nothing but positive and good things about him. That he was a really nice man, the best at what he does and was very helpful and quick in getting requests for congressional waivers approved. Well needless to say I was at his mercy and sometimes when you don’t have any kind of prior working relationship with a person, you think that they won’t understand the urgency of your needs. But when I called Ray on the phone, I only needed to explain my situation and IMMEDIATELY, he gave me comfort just by saying, “No problem.” Even the tone of his voice was friendly and comforting and I thought then, “It’s going to be nice knowing someone like him to work with.” So although I didn’t get the chance to meet him personally and our work relationship was but for only a couple of minutes, when I heard about his departure, I felt a loss for myself, for the government and his family. I said to myself, “God always takes the good ones.” I read his orbituary and although I was impressed with all the lives he has touched, I wasn’t surprised and it put things back in perspective for me again. I say again because I had to celebrate the home-going of a cousin who was very dear to me and possessed the same spirit as Ray. Just full of knowledge, always helping, contributing or active in some way, kind, diligent, just a person who meant so much to so many people. My condolences go out to Ray’s family, friends and loved ones. Be comforted in knowing just like Ray, when our work is finished on this side, we have a home like no other where it never rains and days never end. Where we’ll all be dressed in white and THEN we will see our Saviour face to face. What a GLORIOUS time it will be! I pray for your strength in the Lord and that His peace be upon you. God Bless. Sincerely, Wanda F. Johnson

Robert O. Hess
8 years ago

Sorry to hear about the passing of Ray, WA8VRQ – Too bad he had to leave us so soon – I talked to him via Amateur Radio occasionally when I lived in Wheeling – I am still a very active Ham Radio operator in my retirement here in Florida – My sympathy to his family – Bob Hess, W8VIF

Beverly Bedway
8 years ago

There are few people that are a REAL privilege to know, but Ray was one of them.

I worked for Ray in 1974 at EPA, and I can tell you that that year was one of the best working years of my life. Ray taught me so much and also gave me confidence in myself, helping me to be successful in later years. He saw an ability in me that I didn’t know I had and encouraged me to take chances in my work life. But he made it fun! I remember on particularly stressful day, I came into the office, and Ray got on one knee and sang “You deserve a break today!” – like the McDonald’s commercials at the time.

I left EPA in 1979 to work at another government agency, but everytime I saw Ray, downtown, at a function for EPA or at Our Lady of Lebanon, he always had a smile and time for small talk.

It always seemed like a much better world with Ray in it. He will be missed, but always remembered. He made a difference in a lot of people’s lives.

Our prayers will be with you.

Beverly Harris Bedway

dauna moore
8 years ago

To Ray’s family – I wrote this email to Ray on Easter when I heard he left us for now. I guess it was cathartic…I copied to share with the family he loved so much, and is left behind – for now….My prayers are with you all. – D.M.

Subject: Farewell for now Ray…

Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2003 11:11 EST

From: Dauna43@cs.com

To: Mtnmnray@aol.com

Just had to type my last email to a wonderful man that will be missed by so many, in so many ways! My EPA freind that came to our Clinton Hills Garden Club meeting in 1994; from then on we became email friends sharing lots of jokes, some political debate banteralways Ray the democrat, always me the republican:>, but we shared our banter with so much respect in the process.

We will miss you RAY… I am sure you now know all about the REAL Easter!…GOD WILL BLESS those you had to leave behind; and thank YOU for your personal impact on us all!

Much Love, Dauna Moore Clinton Hills