George S. Osvath 12/20/1937 - 12/06/2016

A promise kept

To begin let me start by saying a big, THANK YOU, to everyone who took the time to share such kind words of rememberance and their condolences over the recent passing of my Father.

It was my privilege yesterday to deliver his eulogy.

This is for family and friends who couldn't attend George's funeral.

It turned out to be a 'Celebration of Life' and of 'A Promise Kept'.

Here is how it went...

As we gather here today, to pay our last respects to my Father, George Osvath,

I am reminded of what he said, when he last sat…where you are today

He told me he wanted us to 'Celebrate his Life' rather than mourn his death

Born in Buffalo, NY

Oldest of four children (2-brothers and 1-sister)

Served in the Navy

Worked as a Welder, Plant Superintendent, and later Purchasing Manager

But more importantly he was a loving Brother, Husband, Father, Paw Paw, Uncle, Father-in-law and Son-in-law

George was a family-man

Oh, how he loved and supported his family

We will each cherish our memories and…his Great Big HUGS

George was the example of ‘strength’ for us

He had a ‘can-do’ attitude

'MacGyver' long before Richard Dean Anderson played the role

He taught us the value of hard work, and of working ‘smarter’, not just harder

George was spontaneous

Sociable and fond of company, a friend to many

George was not, however, a stranger…He never met one.

He would always greet people with a smiler

Stop…and take the time to say, hello

Simply put, he was a people-person

George was about ‘relationships’, he saw the value in each and every one

Ironically, the most important relationship he developed…was much later in life

And why he wanted us to ‘celebrate’ today !

You see our family experienced one of God’s promises, first-hand…

Acts 16:31 says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved...and your household."

How, you ask? Well, my Mother was the first in our family, the Christian matriarch (if you will), and my Father was the last to develop that personal relationship…

ten or more years later, in 1998, before his health problems began, fulfilling God’s promise, and your household."

God’s word says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, aull things have become new."

So, while we may grieve in the flesh

Let us CELEBRATE George’s life and take confidence in the Spirit

No more pain, no more suffering

Knowing…that he is experiencing the ‘gift’ of eternal life with our Heavenly Father thru God’s Grace and not of his own works

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Ken Osvath

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