George Edward Christ Jr.

George Edward Christ Jr.

May 02, 1943 ‐ December 27, 2021
George Edward Christ Jr.
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio Resided In: Bay Village, Ohio Visitation: January 07, 2021 Service: January 08, 2021

George Edward Christ Jr., age 78, beloved husband of Betty (nee Clendenin) for 54 years. Dear father of Ryan Christ (Patricia), Andrew Christ (Sarah) and Ellen Knotek (Tom). Loving grandfather of Connor, Cora, Chloe, Calex, Anna, Jack, and Sam. Brother of Jean Warstler (Ed) and a dear uncle. 
 
George graduated from Parma High School in 1961 and went on to Otterbein College, where he graduated in 1965 with a B.A. in Education.  At Otterbein, George ran track and cross country, lettered multiple times, and was a team captain his senior year.  He enjoyed his time and brothers at Eta Phi Mu fraternity and was elected president as a senior.  
 

He was hired by Westlake City Schools in 1965 and was excited to start the cross-country team at Westlake High School.  The following year, he met his future wife, Betty, an English teacher, who was also a new hire at Parkside Middle School. They were married a year later, beginning a 54-year journey from their home in Bay Village.  In his 35 years in Westlake Schools, George was a history teacher, assistant high school principal, middle school principal, and assistant superintendent.  When teaching, he enjoyed coaching track and cross country, leading the team to a conference championship.  

Betty and George raised their three children in Bay, and George was an active father in Boy Scouts, rising to be the Scoutmaster of Troop 41 in 1990.  He and Betty attended hundreds Bay High football games, wrestling matches, and gymnastic and track meets.

George was active in Westlake Kiwanis and was the President for two terms.  After retiring from Westlake Schools, he was hired at Mohican Outdoor School, eventually becoming the Director.  George enjoyed Lake Erie on his WaveRunner and taught safe boating to hundreds of teenage children over the years. In his later years, he took on many roles in Bay United Methodist Church, was a HS track and field official (and longtime Westlake Relays supporter), enjoyed his golf league, and held leadership positions in the Bay Boat Club.

Recently his favorite job was being “Pop” to his seven grandchildren.  He was always ready with a corny joke or good-natured tease.  He will be missed by so many.      

Memorial Service to be held Saturday, January 8 at 11 am at Bay United Methodist Church, 29931 Lake Road, Bay Village. Family and friends will be received from 4-7 pm on Friday at Jenkins Funeral Chapel, 2914 Dover Center Road, Westlake.  MASKS REQUIRED FOR ATTENDANCE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Westlake Kiwanis Youth Foundation, 25935 Detroit Road, Box 179, Westlake, 44145 or Bay Village Boy Scout Troop 41, c/o Bethesda on the Bay, 28607 Wolf Road, Bay Village, 44140.


Guest Comments

Rich and Barb McCullough
Parma Heights, OH

Our deepest condolence to the family for your loss. We both enjoyed working with George through Bay Village Spirit of America for many years. He had a huge heart! George made every one of the students in the program feel special. Not only did he make sure they had the education to be safe boaters, but also enjoy the entire time out on the water whether it was the rides on the U.S. Coast Guard boat, PWC Day, Pool Day, Kayaking, Canoeing, you name it the kids had a blast all because George made it fun!!! We'll miss him.

Joseph Kraft
WESTLAKE

It is hard to think of someone who has done more for our community with such kindness, warmth and a wonderful smile. Thank you, George, for crossing my path and that of so many; making all better once you were a part of it.

Tim and Kathy

You were the best!

Christine Filmer
Cleveland

What impressed me most about George was he was so totally kid centered and fun. As a leader, he always encouraged me and my students so we were able to do new and creative things. George was the best boss I ever had in my 35 years of teaching. I will miss him. My heart goes out to Betty and him family.

Sue and Mike Antonyzyn
Port Clinton, Ohio

George Christ will be missed by all who knew him. His incredibly warm smile, his sincere interest in others, his pride and love for Betty and his children and grandchildren, his passion for coaching and his ‘funny’ stories and jokes…all George. While wearing many hats, in the field of education, he maintained a reputation as knowledgeable, fair and dedicated. Well deserved!
We send good thoughts and prayers, to his beloved Betty, his children, grandchildren and all who loved him.

Lorene Mihalko
North Royalton, Ohio

I had the distinct pleasure of working with George in Westlake for many years, first when he was assistant principal at the high school, then as Parkside's principal, and later when he was an administrator at the Red Brick. I can honestly say I enjoyed every interaction I ever had with him no matter his role, but most especially when I played Mrs. Claus to his Santa Claus at one of the Red Brick Christmas parties. George always spoke so lovingly of his family and frequently mentioned his wife, Betty, by name in conversations. I can only imagine how much he will be missed by his family and everyone who was fortunate enough to know such a gentle, caring man who was never at a loss for a kind word or silly comment.

Diane Sielski-Adam
Big Pine Key, FL 33043

George was such an accomplished man. He was a loving father, educator and community advocate. The world will never be the same without his smile, his laughter and generous spirit. Sympathy sent to Betty, Ryan, Drew and
Ellen and families.

Louie Andres
Pleasant Hill Lake Park

I knew George from his early days at the Mohican Outdoor School and later through the Safe Boating Council. So glad to have met and worked with George for many years. Always willing to share his knowledge and assistant you whenever you needed. His leadership and expertise will be greatly missed. So sorry for your loss.

Harry "Lindy" Gorden
Orland Park, IL

Coach Christ was a mentor and truly inspirational figure for my formative years and for so many others. Attending his induction into Westake's Hall of Fame I had the opportunity to thank him in person for his tremendous impact on my life. An educator's educator for sure.

Rachel and Joey Lestorti
Alexandria, VA

We are so sorry for you loss. We have definitely been thinking about your family a lot during this time and miss you all in Cameron Station. It was always great to see George in Alexandria. What a huge presence and such a fun and great person! Deepest sympathy. Holding you in our thoughts and prayers.

Fran & Dana Willett
Lancaster, SC

George was a wonderful man- a great family man and community leader. It was an honor to know him, and we send our sincerest sympathies to Betty, Ryan, Andrew and Ellen and their families.

Mary Beth Schneidler
Westlake, Ohio

“A wonderful,kind, fun loving, gentle man has taken his place in heaven…but we will all still miss him dearly. George and his family became lifelong friends following my first meeting him in junior high! As students we watched everlasting love develop between him and his beautiful wife Betty. I was so honored to attend their wedding! The friendship and admiration continued through our employment with the Westlake Schools. I respected him even more every time our paths crossed. I was so excited for him when he was inducted into the WHS Hall of Fame…so well deserved. His devotion to his family, students, and the youth of the community was continually demonstrated through all that he did. ..especially his volunteer work. He always went the extra mile for all those he knew. He was a man of faith who loved life dearly.
My heart is heavy with sadness. Many thoughts and prayers are being sent to his beautiful wife Betty, his children and grandchildren. He made a big difference in my life and I will always carry those memories with me. Thank you George for touching the lives of so many…especially mine. Days without you will be difficult but you gave us so much. Sending prayers and love to your family . Now that you are in heaven there will always be a part of heaven in our hearts.

Kathy Erzen
Rocky River

I had the pleasure to work with George for one year and always saw him as a caring, loving role model to students.

Dave Newman
Avon, Ohio

George was one of the finest men I have ever encountered! He delivered a steadying influence in every position that he occupied. His work ethic was admirable and he possessed an exceptional sense of fairness. You could always count on George to do the right thing!!

Sharon Rybak
North Royalton

I was an administrator with George in Westlake. I was always amazed at the amount of his time he devoted to volunteerism. The work he did was from his heart, not to build a resume or seek acknowledgment. George was kind, accepting and demonstrated a good dose of patience. He loved his kids and their achievements filled him with happiness. We could all take a page from George on how to do life well. God Bless.

Rich McIntosh
Medina, Ohio

During my time with Westlake Schools I had the pleasure to work with George when he served as a building administrator and assistant superintendent. He was truly one of the good guys. George was always positive, kind to everyone and ready to help anyone in any way he could. He was a gentleman who made a difference in the lives of many. Well done George.

Bernie & Marion Nirode
Wellington

George was a good friend and fellow track & field official. We worked together on many track meets over the years. He was a very good official and friend and companion. May god bless his family. George, thanks for the many good conversations and officiating at track meets.

ALEX TOMOFF
Strongsville

Teacher, coach, counselor, and friend. I am truly blessed to have had George in my life and proud to be a member of his championship cross country team. Betty, George courting you in the hallway between your classrooms is a wonderful memory.

Mary and Don Kuehn, Rob and Chris
Bay Village, Ohio

George was a wonderful Scoutmaster in Troop 41, Bay Village. His diligence, high standards, and devotion led a record number of young men to become Eagle Scouts. We loved working with George and Betty in the role of parents in Scouting. George also led scouts to go on High Adventures, canoeing in Canada and deep sea fishing in the Bahamas. His leadership to Youth in schools and scouting was tremendous and also clearly reflected in his fine family.

Kathy Lynch
East Cleveland, Ohio

I never had Mr. Christ as a teacher but I did have him as my Cross Country and track coach. He was a good man. I'm sorry for your loss. Know he's in the best place now.
Kathy

Kevin Walker
Avon Ohio

He is one of the best men I’ve had the chance of knowing. His passing will be felt by those who knew him, however his positive impact on this world will be felt for generations to come.

Brandt franks

Great neighbor

Daniel Berkheimer
Avon

George was one of the most positive and dedicated people who have influenced not only my life but thousands of students and athletes he worked with. He treated everyone with respect and dignity. My sympathy to his family and friends.

Rosemary Odom
Springfield Ohio

My prayers are with you and the family. I have been remembering all of our childhood get togethers, vacations, and especially Thanksgiving at our grandma[s house. I am remembering you in my heart with deepest sympathy

Matthew & Gloria
Alexandria, Virginia

Our deepest condolence to the family for your loss and may your find strength in his wonderful memories. I always enjoyed visiting with George and Betty when they would come out to Virginia to visit Ryan/Patricia for family celebrations. George was always kind, funny, and always helpful. I was always impressed with his dedication to his family. May George's good nature and willingness to share his knowledge carry on.

God bless,
Matt and Gloria

Dr. Roger L. Holmes
Sheffield Village, Ohio

As Superintendent of Westlake Schools, I was fortunate to have George as a teacher and coach and future administrator on my staff. He was outstanding in all aspects of his professional life. He was respected by his students and friends with his colleagues. He was also a gentleman who cared for people. He was active in his church and a leader in civic affairs. He worked with children his entire life and influenced many so positively through his entire lifetime.

Leslie Federkiel Stickels
Wheaton, Illinois

I was in Mr. Christ's very first social studies class when I was in 7th grade at Parkside Junior High. What a delightful man. He was interesting to listen to and a friendly approachable teacher that related so well to kids. I still remember him after 50+ years. Mrs. Christ (my former English teacher), my thoughts and prayers are with you. I know that God is holding George in the palm of his hand and welcoming him to life everlasting.

Kay Cilimbuth
Westlake OH

George was a colleague, my Principal at Parkside, a mutual admirer of Mohican Outdoor Schoo and best of all, a friend.We started the computer program in the Middle School just before the internet flourished. I am deeply sorry for his family; may the memories of a life well lived sustain all who feels this loss.

Robert Kuehn
Avon, Ohio

I have been lucky to know Ryan and the Christ Family from Summers at Blue Marlin, through many years later, we are very sorry for your loss.
Through Scouting specifically, I am extremely grateful for Mr. Christ's leadership, his time given in selfless guidance of others, and the example he set for us.
We were very lucky to have him as our Leader. Thank you very much Mr. Christ.

Our sincere condolences to you All,
Robert and Mimi Kuehn

Jennifer Miller
Perrysburg, Ohio

Mr. Christ was a great man… he was so welcoming when I would visit and fun to be around! My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Christ, Ellen and her brothers at this time! Deepest condolences, Jennifer (Kinsey) Miller

Patti Toth (Fellows)
Las Vegas NV

George is dearly remembered as the older brother of my dear friend, Jean Warstler and the son of my parents’ best friends Dorthy and George. We had many fun times together as children during family outings and childhood games in the “old neighborhood “ in Parma. He is fondly remembered and will be missed by all that knew him. Rest In Peace “Georgy”. You were a wonderful man!

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