George F. Livingston Jr. passed away peacefully on April 21, 2020. He was born July 31, 1924 in Youngstown, Ohio, a son of Rena Rosenbaum Livingston and George F. Livingston Sr.
He was the grandson of Charles and Anna Solinsky Livingston, founders of Livingston’s, a fine women’s apparel store in downtown Youngstown.
George graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1942 and was immediately sent to officer candidate school at Fort Benning, Georgia. He graduated in the spring of 1943 as a Second Lieutenant, Infantry at age 18. He served in Patton’s 3rd Army and received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star after fighting in the Battle of the Bulge.
In late spring of 1946, he returned home and attended Washington University in St. Louis where he studied retail management. He then joined the family business at the store in downtown Youngstown. After the store was sold, he owned and operated a children’s store in Warren and Juniorsville in the Boardman Plaza. Later he took back the family name with the opening of Livingston’s in the Eastwood Mall, where he worked for 20 years before retiring.
George is predeceased by his beautiful wife of 62 years, Margaret P. Mariner Livingston, his daughter Sally Livingston of Cleveland, his daughter Katie Vale of Arlington, Mass., and his brother Charles Livingston of Los Angeles. He leaves his daughter, Patricia Livingston of So. Burlington, Vt., and his son, Thomas Livingston of Niles, Ohio. He also leaves five grandchildren: Emma Rasmussen (husband, Eric) of Concord, Mass., Charles Dunn (wife Kylie) of Denver, Grace Livingston (husband Ben) of Mill Valley, Calif., and Riley and Zoe Vale (father Marshall) of Arlington, Mass. He was able to meet his great grandson, Callan Rasmussen, at his 95th birthday party in Youngstown in July 2019.
George enjoyed many happy years with his wife, Pat. They were lifelong members of Rodef Sholom Temple and Squaw Creek Country Club, where they had many dear friends. Together they tutored less advantaged children through the Temple’s outreach program and adults at the English Center in Youngstown. George will be remembered as a devoted family man, a great storyteller and jokester, an avid fisherman, championship golfer, passionate skier and sought after tennis player well into his eighties. He had an amazing ability to see the best in people and a gregarious nature that endeared him to many. He will be greatly missed.
A small private family service will be held remotely due to the current Covid crisis. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Ste 1509, New York, NY 10018.
Finally, the family would like to recognize the extraordinary love and care George received in his last years at Levy Gardens Assisted Living. A big thank you to all the staff who cared for him so dearly.
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