George Joseph Bertothy

April 5, 1947 - October 31, 2009

George Joseph Bertothy, age 62, of Plano, Texas, passed away October 31, 2009, in Plano. George was born April 5, 1947, in Trenton, New Jersey, to Joseph and Mary (Husszu) Bertothy. He was part owner of a home repair business called House Doctors. George was of the Catholic faith. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his stepsons, Daynon Frederick and Dennis Frederick; and friend, Nancy Pfleider. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and sister, Marianne Bertothy. A visitation will take place at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 4, 2009, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas. Interment will follow at a future date and time at St. Basil Cemetery in Trenton, New Jersey.

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It has been over a year since George left this earth but only today I found out about it after searching for him on the internet. I am overwhelmed with sadness and disbelief. George was one of the finest men I have ever known and a dearest friend too. We met in the early 90's and was quickly captivated by his beautiful and cheerful personality. As it often happens, life goes on and somehow we lost contact with one each other. All along I looked forward to re-connecting with him and today I learn it is already too late. Rest in Peace my dearest friend George, I will never forget you! Monica Nobles, January 3, 2011 "Beautiful" It was beautiful, The last night on the beach That they spent together, before he left, Before he was so out of reach. Along the ocean they walked Under the stars, there were stars For them, as they talked About so many things, everthing. She could hardly believe that he had to go. Her friend, her confidant, her soulmate. She missed him so, Was she permitted to let him know? That was not their fate. She was naive. He, so honorable. Both innocent and young. Yet beautiful boy that he was Had to go and be a man, a soldier, And she pictured his face in that bellicose place. She worried, she wrote, she prayed For his safe return. If he neglected to respond from where he stayed She chided him with words of concern. He came back after adventures unknown. She was away from the place called home. A stolen moment, a few chance meetings, She was promised to another, he was living his life. She wed her intended, he married his wife. Years passed and they met again, it was a delight. He was so charming and everything she remembered. Once again the timing was askew. They promised to keep in touch after that night. But the decades escaped them both. She had an idea, wrote a note, subtle yet full of hope. To send it or not, such a dilemma. Is he free? He is the one person, never forgotten, She is curious to see. She doubts that he remembers that he kissed her Once. She was a girl, on the occassion of her twenty-first. There had been sad news, he comforted her, and then he kissed her, The way a man kisses a woman, a kiss for the memory of the heart. For eons she cherished one photo, And hundreds of times read the letter. Tattered, yet artfully written, The beautiful words that always made her feel better. The awaited reunion. Hours of conversation. Becoming aware how little had changed. Emotions. Elation. By now she is sure that he must have realized That he is "he" and "she" is me. It is beautiful. Somewhere between a dream and a miracle, And the stars and the beach, and then and now, And suddenly all seems within reach. Donna DeBow Written NYC 9 February 2004 Donna De Bow, December 30, 2009 I worked with George in the mid-90's and we became friends. We both loved to go boating on Lake Lewisville and one night we ran onto a sand bar outside of Charlies. It was too funny. Neither one of us had ever done that before, or since. I got George to sign up with St. Ann Singles and that where he met Frank, another boater and good friend. We drifted apart after a while but I would still see him at Frank's place. He was a good guy, loved to fly planes, go boating, and talk about his experiences flying in Viet Nam. He had a good heart and he will be missed. Rest in peace, my friend. May God be with you. Greg and Tammi Kramer, November 4, 2009 My deepest condolences and prayers go out to George's family. I had the pleasure of working with George in the 1980's. We drove many long nights between cities after his Cool Cab A/C seminars. Georege was a true friend and will be greatly missed. Bob & Kiffney Bailey, November 4, 2009 Our deepest sympathy goes out to Nancy and to George's family, in particular his stepson Dennis. George was a big man, with a big heart. He was proud to have served his country in Vietnam and took his patriotism seriously. We know how much he loved some of his Fox tv shows and interacting with the commentaries :) He also had a laugh that you could not forget...and the gift of gab. Rest in peace George. You will be missed. Linda & Mike Montgomery, November 3, 2009 George was such a wonderful, kind person and a great friend. We met him as members of St. Ann's singles group in the late 80's and became very close friends. He was there at our wedding and there when we adopted our son. We will miss his wonderful deep voice and generous heart. Frank & Yvette Starr, November 3, 2009 My condolences to Georoge's family. George and I worked for Signal-Stat about the same time and I got to know him and his family while living in Texas in the '80s. As long as I've known him, I've never known George to do anything halfway. He was a good friend and a true patriot. Steve Hollander Vacaville, CA Steve Hollander, November 3, 2009