George Gregory Arbutina

  • Born: August 26, 1957
  • Died: December 2, 2019
  • Location: Springfield, Pennsylvania

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George Gregory Arbutina of Springfield, Pa. passed away at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on December 2nd, 2019, at the age of 62. George was born in Rochester, Pa., on August 26, 1957. He graduated from Quaker Valley High School, Sewickley, Pa., and from the United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, Ct. He served in the Coast Guard for eight years before beginning his career as an environmental remediation engineer and project manager. He was employed by Recon Remedial Construction Services at the time of his death. He is joining his parents, George and Mary Jane Arbutina, who predeceased him.
He is survived by the love of his life, Carolyn Stewart Arbutina, whom he married on May 26, 1979. She was his best friend and by his side throughout their loving marriage. He is also survived by his two sons, Nicholas Arbutina (special friend Ashley) and Mark (Jackie) Arbutina; siblings, Suzan (Kenneth) Seamans and David (Joyce) Arbutina; his two grandchildren whom he adored, Madelyn and Grayson, and several special nieces, nephews and cousins.
George was a devoted father and grandfather. His life was an inspiration to all who knew him. He embodied the values of honesty, loyalty, generosity, hard work and kindness. He was known for his keen sense of humor, his intelligence and his deep appreciation of the natural world. He was a member of the St. Francis Players for many years and participated in several community theatre productions. George enjoyed his annual vacations on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with his extended family for over fifty years. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.
A memorial service celebrating George's life will be held on January 4, 2020, at 11:00 am, with calling hours beginning at 10:00 am, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 400 Lynbrooke Rd, Springfield, PA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in George's memory can be made to The Timothy School, 973 Old Lancaster Rd, Berwyn, PA 19312; www.timothyschool.com.


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My sympathy to the family and friends of George Arbutina. For many years I knew his mother, Mary Jane. Until today, January 10, 2020, I was not aware of the death of his mother or him. I know they were both very special people and I pray that God will comfort all of their beloved family and friends.

Posted by Martha Hoegle - Beaver, PA - Friend   January 10, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I have really fond memories of George from CGA - he was one of my first roommates - I remember his great sense of humor, intellect, hard work (even though I couldn't convert him to engineering), and his sense of integrity. He was proud of his family, and growing up in Sewickley (I don't know how many times he told me it was the cradle of quarterbacks, and I know he remained a Steelers fan). My thoughts and prayers are especially with Carrie, who was there in those early days - George will be missed.

Posted by Mark Boe - Blue Bell, PA - Classmate   January 03, 2020

I only knew George a brief time but he was the sort of person who changes lives. He touched my life as we quickly became good friends. I was devastated to learn of his passing. My heart is with the family. George always talked about the love of his life and his grandkids who were his everything. He will be missed and thought of everyday.

Posted by Julie Robinson - Galloway, NJ - Coworker   December 23, 2019

I am so sorry for your lost. He seemed like a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with your all during this difficult time.

Posted by Denise Basquill - Westbrook Park, PA - Friend   December 19, 2019

I am so,so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to family and friends.

Posted by Barbara Snyder - Wilmington, DE - Family Friend   December 17, 2019

We are so sorry and saddened to learn of George's passing. I have many find memories of "Georgie" from our younger years. He became an outstanding man and a great American.
May the Lord God give you Peace at this trying time.

Posted by Barb and Jim Farls - Beaver, PA - Friend   December 16, 2019

Wanted to extend my condolences to the family and friends of George Arbutina, CGA 1979 classmate. A man of true integrity and high intelligence....I know he is much missed. His classmates will always hold George in high regard and I am sure he has a special place in many hearts. Fair Winds, George

Posted by Chris Conklin - Honolulu, HI - Classmate   December 15, 2019

As classmates at the Coast Guard Academy together, I can remember George as remarkably mature and insightful at a time when many of us were still finding our adult feet. Kind, fun, ethical, inclusive, generous... an example, sharp in my recollections. While we tread our different paths after graduation, there is no doubt in my mind, that these and his many other fine qualities, live on through his loved ones. No higher legacy.

Posted by Bruce Ross - Mequon, WI - Classmate   December 14, 2019

It was awful to hear of George's passing. We were classmates at CGA (where he was brilliant), married our sweethearts upon graduation just hours apart at the chapel, and spent the next two years as shipmates on the CGC Papaw in Charleston, SC. Carrie and Robin spent a lot of time waiting for us to return from deployments in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. George was always cool, calm, and collected and was very well liked by all he met. "Sure, sure, sure", he will be sorely missed.

Posted by Richard Boy - The Villages, FL - Classmate   December 13, 2019

So sorry to hear that George has crossed the bar. I was his class advisor at the Coast Guard Academy over forty years ago and still remember him as a fantastic cadet and impressive human being. His passing is a great loss to the Class of 1979.
Jim Willis, Captain, USCG retired (Class of '71)

Posted by Jim Willis - Noank, CT - Served in the Military together   December 13, 2019

George was an amazing man one of the most amazing men I have ever met !! I was given the pleasure and the gift of having him in my life through work . I worked with him for over 20 years. He was a great friend and like a second father to me at times with his great advice. I will miss him dearly he was definitely an inspiration. Always spoke of his wife, kids and grandkids and his cats :) so fondly he loved them so much and was so proud . He will be greatly missed , I will cherish the memories forever . Farewell my friend you are gone but never forgotten !! Jennifer

Posted by Jennifer Koch - Hamilton, NJ - Friend   December 12, 2019

So sorry to hear this. George was an outstanding individual and I truly enjoyed the time we spent working together over the years. My deepest condolences to the family. R.I.P. George
Kevin Corradino

Posted by Kevin Corradino - Brick, NJ - Coworker   December 12, 2019

George was a great guy, a sweet man, and a mentor to many. A true void has been created with his passing...

Posted by Lora Bartlett - Parkside, PA - Coworker   December 12, 2019


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