George Edward Tomich

December 24, 1942 ‒ October 08, 2021

Westerville, Ohio

George Tomich, 78 of Westerville, Ohio passed away on October 8th, 2021.  The son of the late George and Helen Kulazenka Tomich of Shadyside, Ohio.

George was a graduate of Shadyside High School, where he excelled not only in the classroom but in athletics.  He was most proud to have played in the 1960 Ohio-West Virginia All-Star game and will always hold the 100-yard dash record in Track and Field.  He played football for the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and Ohio University where he received his undergraduate degree.   He received his Master’s degree from WVU.  He loved to share stories about these years of his life with his grandchildren or reminiscence over a beer with his family and friends.

George was a retired school administrator, teacher and coach at Big Walnut, New Albany and Martins Ferry school districts.  He also retired from Ironworkers Local #172 in Columbus and Local #549 in Wheeling, W. Va.   He loved any form of good athletic competition, working out at the gym, playing golf, and working at the Tucker Rd property cutting wood.  Most of all, he enjoyed happy hour every day!

George is survived by his wife of 35 years and caregiver, Barbara, along with six daughters: Sarah (Derek) McPeak, Emily (Steve) Schwier, Mandy (Donnie) Noble, Stephanie Edwards, Kathy (Jarrod) Compton, and Richelle (Tim) Sammons.  His stories will be sadly missed by his ten grandchildren: Evelyn, Joel, Aaron, Sam, Caleb, Nolan, Zoe, Sophia, Reed, and Colt.  As his granddaughter, Sophia said, “Only God can make a grandpa like my Papa”.  Also, surviving George are two sisters, Helen Anne (Larry) Bundorf and Barbara (John) Feher of Shadyside, along with many nieces and nephews.   A brother, Matthew Tomich, of Jacobsburg, Ohio passed away in 2015.

“Country Roads Take Me Home” ….….  let’s “Play Something Country”   ……….  ”People Are Crazy”.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, October 16th from 11:00 a.m. thru 2:00 pm at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. St. Rt. 61 at St. Rt. 3, in Sunbury, Ohio 43074.  Private family services will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Judes or any veteran-related charity of your choice.

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  • Barb,
    We are sorry to hear about the passing of George. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family members.

    Jerry Johnson and Tina Taylor

  • Barb,
    We were saddened to learn of your loss and extend our deepest condolences to you and the entire family. George was a special kind of guy who had a positive effect on everyone who knew him. As you may recall a few years ago I related to you how George and I had a chance meeting in the early 60’s while waiting for a bus in downtown Wheeling. The personal nature of what he said to me prompted a reply of, “seriously George, you’ve made my day by telling me that!” He simply knew how to make everybody’s day better, and we all will miss him.

    Tom & Kitty McKelvey

  • Dear Helen and Barbara,
    So sorry to hear of George’s passing. I remember playing football with him. May he rest in peace.
    Freddy Kovalo

  • George was one of the best. He didn’t know it, but he was an unofficial mentor to me. Teachers liked and respected him. Students liked and respected him. He was a good friend to me in times of need or advice. I haven’t seen George since 1995, but I’ve thought of him often, as well as his lovely wife, Barbara. I’m blessed I’ve known them both. “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”- God

  • Sorry to hear of George’s passing. May you rest in peace. Love and Prayers to your wife and family members.

    Mary Ann Postage Wise

  • So sorry, Barb, I just saw the obituary. You took such loving and outstanding care of George. Take good care of yourself.
    With Love,
    Marsha and Dick

  • Me. Tomich was one of my favorite teachers. He made a student feel confident. He will always be remembered fondly.

  • Rest In Peace, Mr. Tomich. You were one of my favorite teachers. You taught us more than just about school. Thank you. We were one of your first Washington D.C. 8th grade classes. I will always remember you carrying that big duffle bag around with you on that trip, standing right out in the open passing out lunch money for the day. I always wondered why you were so attached to the duffle bag only to learn later on that it was full of cash.

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