The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

March 7, 2014

George Raich

Wesex retiree, carpenter was church cook, bowler


- — George Raich of Hermitage passed away at 1:27 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2014, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System after an extended illness. He was 76.

Mr. Raich was born Sept. 26, 1937, in Masury to Sam and Lillian Kusmus Raich.

He graduated from Farrell High School and was a veteran of the Army.

George belonged to Local 268 of the Carpenter’s union and mostly worked as a superintendent for Wesex Corp. in West Middlesex for 50 years, retiring in September 1999.

He was very proud of his work that was done on Mertz Towers in Sharpsville; Sharon Steel buildings; and the First National Bank high-rise corporate offices building, D’Onofrio’s Food Center and St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, all Hermitage.

He was a member of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church and was well-known as one of the head cooks at the St. George’s lamb roasts.

George loved to hunt and fish with his good friends and especially his nephew, Craig Borawski. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and an avid bowler, with membership in two local leagues.

His wife, the former Nancy Blake, whom he married June 4, 1988, survives at home.

Also surviving are: a daughter, Mindy Hammond and her husband Shawn, Masury; two sons, William Phillips and his wife Tammy, New Jersey; and Scott Phillips and his wife Gail, New Bedford; a sister, Pauline Kane and her husband Jack, Austintown, Ohio; and grandchildren, Brandon, Lindsay, Jamie, Joel and Ty Phillips; Sami Foy; and Jordan and Blake Hammond.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Nick Raich.


George, 76, Hermitage.

Calling hours: 2 p.m. to time of service Monday (3-10-14) in JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage. Friends may sign a guestbook at

Service: Funeral service at 4 p.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Larry Haynes, pastor of Grace Chapel Community Church, and the Rev. Milovan Katanic, pastor of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, both Hermitage, officiating.

Burial: Neshannock Cemetery, Pulaski.