June 6, 1923 – May 11, 2021
George Spiro, 97, of Boynton Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2021. Rabbi Howard Shub and Cantor Irving Grossman of Temple Beth Tikvah officiated at I.J. Morris at Star of David Cemetery of the Palm Beaches and were accompanied by an honor guard from the U.S. Army.
Born in the Bronx, New York on June 6, 1923, George was the son of Samuel and Betty Spiro. He married his wife of nearly 77 years, Lillian (nee Blumenthal), in February 1943 before enlisting in the U.S. Army where he was a member of the Signal Corps and rose to the rank of sergeant. As part of General George Patton's Third Army during World War II, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge, the largest and bloodiest battle of the war. For his service in helping to liberate France, he was later awarded the Ordre National de la Legion D'Honneur by the President of France.
Returning to the U.S. after the end of the war, he worked for N.Y. Telephone while studying at New York University College of Engineering. He earned a bachelors degree in electrical engineering and masters degree in industrial engineering with honors, and was a member of the honorary engineering societies Etta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi.
He later worked at Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey as the head of switching service engineering, and was promoted to general manager, network systems engineering (chief engineer) at Western Electric, a part of AT&T Network Systems. He led the teams that developed the 9-1-1 emergency phone system and customer calling services including call waiting, call forwarding, and speed calling. During that time, he also served as a vice president of Congregation B'nai Israel in Rumson, New Jersey and was honored by Israel Bonds.
George is survived by his brother Norman Spiro (Sharon); sister Marilyn Hey; daughter Barbara Crane (Hal); son Theodore Spiro (Minnie); grandchildren Shoshana Natt (Brett), Joelle Kanter (Andrew), and Sam Spiro; as well as his great grandchildren Jaden Natt, Alex Natt, and Bennett Kanter, and many loving nieces, nephews, and their families.
He was predeceased by his wife, Lillian Spiro; brother Arthur Spiro; and sister Harriet Gelburd.
Contributions in George's memory may be made to Magen David Adom, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, or Temple Beth Tikvah, Greenacres, Florida.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Barbara Spiro Wagner
June 19, 2021
It was with great sadness that I heard of George’s death. My husband and I enjoyed our visits with him and Lilian. There are not many of the first cousins surviving. I believe it is Marilyn, Norman and me. Very sad.
May 14, 2021
I moved to Florida a few years ago and ran into George & Lil quite a few times always going to their favorite chinese restaurant. George was always so kind, & warm & remembered everything about me..always asking questions to insure I was having a happy life.
George, a man with a heart of Gold!
He will be missed by all......so proud to be apart of his extended family
May 14, 2021
Barbara, Hal and Family,
May your memory of your Father be a positive example for future generations. Gail & Barry Saloff.
May 12, 2021
Barbara, Ted, Shoshana, Joelle, Sammy,
Uncle George was a treasure. He loved to regale his stories with excitement and animation. No matter how many times he shared the same story, it sounded like the first rendition. He took a genuine interest in every family member and his devotion to Aunt Lil was legendary. We loved visiting them in Boynton Beach and regret not getting to golf with him. He meant so much to all of you and his passing will be hardest on Norman. What an iconic, accomplished, intelligent, compassionate family man. A true patriarchal leader. He lived the richest of lives and you were all blessed to have him for so long. Our family will miss him too.
Beth and Gary