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George J. Dzuro

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By Bill Zlatos
Monday, July 22, 2013, 11:06 p.m.

George Dzuro played Santa Claus for the Dravosburg American Legion and Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department for 27 years, but there was one child he could not fool.

“When I was 8 or 9, I walked into the fire hall and looked, and everything came together,” said his son, Dave Dzuro of Indiana. “It was in the eyes. They were big. They were blue, and they were kind.”

George J. Dzuro died of vascular disease Saturday, July 20, 2013, in his home in Glassport. He was 83.

He was born in McKeesport to John and Mary Dzuro, immigrants from what was then Czechoslovakia. His father was a steelworker.

Mr. Dzuro was a sonar operator in the Navy aboard the USS Meredith, a destroyer. He was a retired roll cutter from Continental Can Co. in West Mifflin, which closed in 1981, and the owner of Diamond Press Printing in Homeville.

He met his wife, Carol Ann Williams, at a party at the Homeville Volunteer Fire Department in 1963. She unknowingly drank a concoction of whiskeys mixed by her brother.

“He carried me that night to the car and asked me to marry him. Of course, I passed out and didn't hear him,” said Carol Ann Dzuro. Her mother had overheard the proposal and told her the next day.

After about six months of dating, he proposed to her again at her parents' house. This time, she heard him. They married on June 19, 1965.

“He was a loving person. He'd give you the shirt off his back, help anybody. He was very considerate, respectful, so I guess I kept him for 48 years,” his wife said.

At 6 feet, 2 inches tall with large hands, Mr. Dzuro was nicknamed “Big George.”

“If he was there watching TV, I wanted to sit next to him,” his son said. “I just wanted to be like my Dad and be as strong as him.”

Mr. Dzuro loved to bowl, averaging about 250 in league play. His wife said he bowled two perfect games.

“When he rolled that ball, it was like thunder hitting the floor,” his son said.

In addition to his wife Carol Ann and son Dave, Mr. Dzuro is survived by a son, Greg Dzuro of Dravosburg; daughters, Shari Adamson of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Cathy Kirkwood of Liberty; a sister, Mary P. Zuro of McKeesport; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Agnes Petro and Ellen Dzuro, and his brothers, Joseph Zuro and Michael Dzuro.

Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the I.M. Finney Funeral Home, 203 4th St., Dravosburg. Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department, at 7:45 p.m. in the American Legion and in the funeral home at 8 p.m. with Pastor Gino Cosentino officiating. Interment will follow at a later date.

Bill Zlatos is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7828 or

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