George Paul Leighty of Hermitage passed away at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in his companion’s home. He was 31.
Mr. Leighty was born May 12, 1982, in Greenville, a son of George R. and Susan M. Mattern Leighty.
He attended Hermitage School District. After graduating in 2000, George went on to receive his certification as a Honda and Suzuki mechanic from Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) in Phoenix, Ariz.
George was employed as a mechanic for Sharon Honda.
Among many outdoor activities, George was an avid fisherman and enjoyed motocross, hunting and camping. He was a member of the American Poolplayers Association (APA).
He is survived by his mother, Susan M. Leighty, Hermitage; his father, George R. Leighty and his wife Susan, Mercer; a sister, Tashana Leighty, Oil City; a niece, Gabriella Leighty; a nephew, Macon Dawson; his paternal grandmother, Delsie Leighty, Mercer; a stepbrother, Robert Hurtt, Greenville; and a stepsister, Belinda Patterson, New Castle.
George is also survived by his companion, Katie Kovach.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Lena and George Mattern; and paternal grandfather, George F. Leighty.
Memorial contributions may be made to a non-profit that trains qualified pit bulls to be service dogs and companions for veterans and first responders: Pits for Patriots in care of Operation Support Our Troops America, 1807 S. Washington St., Suite 110 No. 359, Naperville, IL 60565. Please make checks payable to OSOT and in the memo note Pits for Patriots.
George Paul, 31, Hermitage.
Calling hours: 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (10-31-13) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may e-mail condolences by visiting www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com
Service: Funeral service at 10 a.m. Friday (11-1-13) in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. C. Charles Eckles, pastor of I.H.S. Gospel Ministries, Hermitage, officiating.