OBITUARY

George Bitar Sr.

September 28, 1923November 18, 2021
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George Bitar, Sr., age 98, died of natural causes on November 18, 2021, in Weston, Florida. George Bitar was born on September 28, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York to parents, Nassim and Olga Bittar. His mom passed away when he was very young, George and his siblings attended boarding school in New York while his father continued to operate the family store and provide for the family. As George grew and finished high school, he got a job as a bellman at a hotel. He met the love of his life, Arlene Samen in 1941, before they could begin their life together, he was drafted into the U.S. Army.

He entered the Army on February 12, 1943 at the age of 20. He served his country during World War II and was in battles and campaigns in Naples, Italy, Rome, Southern France, Germany and various places in Central Europe. He served as a rifleman and was proficient with the automatic rifle, pistol, bayonet, and the trench knife. He received the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, and also was the recipient of the Eameto Ribbon during his time in the military. He was a proud veteran of World War II.

After the war, George was discharged from the U.S. Army on October 2, 1945. Shortly after leaving the Army, George reunited with his love, Arlene and soon thereafter they got married. They were happily married on November 12, 1945 in New York. After they got married, they moved to Miami, Florida and began a family together. In Miami, they made their home, raised their sons, and enjoyed spending time being around their family. George and Arlene enjoyed a night on the town listening to bands and dancing together. One of his favorite singers was Glenn Miller. He always enjoyed organizing family gatherings and one of the places they often visited was Crandon Park.

George worked for the City of Miami as a Plant Supervisor. He retired in 1978 after 32 years of service. After he retired, Arlene and George began to travel together. Their travels gave them many adventures. They loved taking road trips out west and visited various places such as New Mexico, Colorado, and the Grand Canyon, just to name a few. They also enjoyed cruises, George and Arlene took many cruises to the Caribbean with their family.

George and his family relocated to Weston, Florida in 1983, where he and Arlene lived until she passed away in 2008. He was always seen working in his yard and took great pride in the landscaping of his home. He was featured and awarded Best Landscaped Yard in his local community magazine. George was a family oriented man, devoted husband, and loving father.

He loved to be around friends and family. George would light up the room when he entered. He became a friend to everyone wherever he would go, and people enjoyed listening to his stories. He took pleasure in family traditions, dancing and listening to music, and traveling with his wife. His family and friends will always remember him as a jovial, caring, kind, and good hearted person.

George was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. He is predeceased by his older sister, Helen Dow, and his younger brother Raymond Bittar, and his beautiful wife, Arlene, whom he was lovingly married to for sixty-three years.

George is survived by his three sons: Randall and his wife Sharon, Brian and his wife Angie, and George Jr. He was a proud grandfather to eight grandchildren Randy, Christopher, Kelly, Jennifer, Kristi, Brian Jr., Brandon, and Jordan. He was blessed to be a great grandfather numerous times. George will be dearly missed.

The family would like to thank you for your heartfelt condolences and all your prayers.

A visitation for George will be held Sunday, December 5, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Forest Lawn Funeral Home South, 2401 Southwest 64th Avenue, Davie, Florida 33317. A funeral service will occur Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 12:00 PM, 2401 Southwest 64th Avenue, Davie, Florida 33317. A committal service will occur Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 1:00 PM, 2401 Southwest 64th Avenue, Davie, Florida 33317. A reception will occur Sunday, December 5, 2021 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM, 2401 Southwest 64th Avenue, Davie, Florida 33317.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.forestlawnsouth.com for the Bitar family.

Services

5 December

Visitation

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Forest Lawn Funeral Home South

Shrine of Light Chapel in the Pyramid

2401 Southwest 64th Avenue
Davie, Florida 33317

5 December

Funeral Service

12:00 pm

Forest Lawn Funeral Home South

Shrine of Light Chapel in the Pyramid

2401 Southwest 64th Avenue
Davie, Florida 33317

5 December

Committal Service

1:00 pm

Forest Lawn Funeral Home South

Second Floor - Pyramid

2401 Southwest 64th Avenue
Davie, Florida 33317

5 December

Reception

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Forest Lawn Funeral Home South

Yellow Building Facing 595

2401 Southwest 64th Avenue
Davie, Florida 33317

Memories

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Raymond Dow

November 28, 2021

As my mother's younger brother Uncle George was affectionately called Unc and was always such a positive influence in all our lives. I remember the time I took him to see a WW2 movie and after this horrendous scene that only Hollywood can deliver there was a calm in the movie and I could hear under his breath say "Yep that's the way it was" but in contrast in another scene he would say"no that's not the way it was that's Hollywood".
The best gift I got Uncle George was a special embroidered hat with the military Purple Heart and World War II veteran on it. Little did I know that he would wear that hat every time he would go out.
I loved my Uncle and was so proud of his service to our country. He is tearfully missed to us all. I am sure he is in heaven having a haflee with auntie, uncle Ray, my mom and dad,my brother Michael, Tony and of course Jesus Christ.

Brian Bitar

November 26, 2021

What can I say about my Jedo… he was always complaining about how bad the Dolphins were and saying they played like cuda. He was the patriarch of the Bitar family he made us “go”. He was so prideful in his lawn and it was a thing of beauty and I have that instilled in me. He always told me “go to college” and I did at Purdue University and now have a masters degree I remember the pride in his voice when I told him. I know that out culture will live on when my kids have there own and I become Jedo to them. Thank you for all the memories I love you.

Ashley Bitar

November 26, 2021

Jedo was such a sweet, funny, and joking man. Always wanted to make sure I had Brian in check, and loved to see “little Arlene”. I am so happy to have become a Bitar, be be apart of your family, and hear your stories. You are so missed, but your presence will always be felt. We all love you so much Jedo.

Forest Lawn Funeral Home South

November 22, 2021

Forest Lawn South would like to express our deepest and sincerest condolences to you and your family at this most difficult time.

We wish you peace to bring comfort, the courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

Sincerely,
Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens South Staff

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