George Clair Worthington

1928 - 2019

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George Clair Worthington, 90, of Catawba Island passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at the Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, Ohio. He was born November 11, 1928 in Cleveland, the son of Leonard and Ruby Worthington (Brion). George was a born hunter, fisherman, ramrod, and master chef. As a child, George traveled frequently to visit grandparents in Eagles Mere, PA where Uncle Glen bought him large bags of boiled peanuts. George divided the peanuts into smaller 5¢ bags and sold them to tourists. He was a fan of souse and liverwurst from the Pennsdale, PA Country Store and returned there in his later years at any given chance. While very young, he grew interested in the outdoors and hunting, a passion he pursued his entire life. George was a veteran and served as a U.S. Army Corporal Medic in a medical clearing unit. He attended Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and met local beauty Sarah Graves, his first true love, while lifeguarding at a local pool. They married and started a family in Columbus, moving then to Findlay where the family grew to six children. George was a Findlay Jaycees Vice President and joined the volunteer effort to install seat belts in cars. He opened the Lincoln Street Sports Shop selling guns, fishing equipment, and bait. George was frequently found in Hancock County stream beds netting “crawdads” to sell at the sports shop. Throughout his career, George worked for many local businesses, including The Ohio Fuel Gas company, Hollywood Bar and Grill, Montooth Real Estate & Insurance, and served as the Hancock County Deputy County Auditor. He was a Life Member of the Royal Order of the Moose #1610 in Port Clinton, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the National Rifle Association. THE BIONIC BARTENDER - George is most remembered for his long-held position at the Findlay Country Club where he was known as the “Bionic Bartender” for his skill and speed, and most important to him, consistency. THE LOCAL HUNTER – George hunted everything in Hancock County. His hunting and fishing passion kept the family fed a steady diet of ducks, geese, turkey, pheasants, squirrels, rabbits, morel mushrooms, deer, and lead pellets. THE MASTER FISHERMAN – George and the family frequently traveled to “The Lake,” the big one, Lake Erie, in pursuit of perch and walleye. George’s early interest in the Manistee River area of Michigan was the result of traveling to Sand Lake as a child. As a young father, he returned with his entire family to visit his brother Wayne and became an avid deer hunter. What followed was a 40 year+ interest in Manistee River fishing. When salmon snagging became popular, George mastered snagging and fished every year with family and friends. They returned home to Ohio with tons of salmon. The family ate broiled salmon, fried salmon, baked salmon, smoked salmon, fileted salmon, canned salmon, salmon stew, salmon pate, salmon bake, and salmon spread. If the dish had the word “salmon” in it, they ate it. Soon he transitioned to steelhead fishing on the Manistee River and continued the annual trips. George also loved pompano surf fishing in the Florida panhandle. THE RAMROD – The entire family joined in fishing trips; many annual traditions were established including perch fries and a prime rib dinner in the cabin. George was the designated “Ramrod” organizing all aspects of the trips, the food, and the cabin. He trained his boys in fishing and ramrod skills and the annual trips continue to this day. THE MASTER CHEF – George was a well-known cook held in high regard. He was famous for his BBQs, ribs, hams, prime rib, coleslaw, fried perch, seared steaks, English muffin bread, and breakfast bakes. George, a well-known food critic, could be frequently seen looking over any cook’s shoulder and offering free advice and cooking hints. Later, George met the second love of his life, Brema Colvin. They soon moved to Catawba Island near Port Clinton, Ohio where they welcomed many guests to their island home enjoying great meals, great company, and great Lake Erie views. They frequently toured the US visiting national parks and family and often spent January in Florida for fun & sun time, boating, and surf fishing. George remained a passionate outdoorsman in his octogenarian years. He frequently traveled to southern Ohio to hunt deer and turkey. He was always available for cooking advice with a quick phone call. Surviving are 6 children: Steven (Denise) Worthington of Shelton, WA, Brian (Lesley) Worthington of Fort Myers, FL, Jeffrey (Nanci) Worthington of Loveland, CO, Gale Anderson of Catawba Island, OH, Todd Worthington of Bainbridge Island, WA, and Holly (Jim) Worthington of Natick, MA; a brother, Wayne B. (Rosemary) Worthington; 11 grandchildren: Brandon, Lindsay, Thomas, Christina, Marshall, Daniel, Joseph, Ruby, Faith, Keegan, and Zoe; 9 great-grandchildren: Ellie Rose, Colette, Mackenna, Anabelle, Nathan, Andrew, Benjamin, Mariah, and Juniper; and companion, Brema Colvin. He was preceded in death by three sisters: Jean Beck, Roberta N. Cole, and Mary Wolford. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM Monday, March 11, 2019, at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME. Pastor John Drymon will officiate, and burial will follow at Knollcrest Cemetery, Arcadia. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, March 10, 2019, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Memorial Donations can be made to the National Wild Turkey Federation and/or the National Rifle Association. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Sunday, March 10th 2019 1:00-5:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Monday, March 11th 2019 - 10:30 AM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Knollcrest Cemetery [Map]
    18085 S.R. 12
    Arcadia, Ohio 44804

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To : Dear Brema and family
Date :Thursday, March 7th 2019
From : Judy and Ron Scharff
So sorry to read of George's passing. He was such a nice man !!

He left no stone unturned in life it appears after reading his life story .

Sorry we can not be there but want to convey our sympathy . Judy and Ron.

To : The Worthington Family
Date :Thursday, March 7th 2019
From : Kris Mauger Allison
Love your Dad, love the obituary and love all the memories our parents and families shared growing up and beyond. It's an end of an era for our parents, and we were so blessed to have George as our Dad's best friend, and comrade in shenanigan's and hunting trips. I will miss the funeral, but will have your Dad in my heart and thoughts forever. Love to you Brema and the family, Kris

To : The Worthington Family
Date :Thursday, March 7th 2019
From : Tom and Cheryl Garn
We send our deepest sympathy to Brian and family. He was a good man and we enjoyed many good times with him. A final “muchalucka” to you, George.

To : Brema Colvin and all of George's kids
Date :Thursday, March 7th 2019
From : Lary and Jean Spencer
fq8jThe more sick George became over the last few years, the harder he would still try to be the "ramrod" when others were around. We know how hard these last years must have been for you. May God bless you and God "did" bless him his entire life! What an inspiration. I was never around George Worthington when there wasn't happinesa...always laughter, love, caring, joking, and "one-upmanship". He ranks among the best during our lifetime.

To : Brema Colvin Family
Date :Saturday, March 9th 2019
From : Bob Joanie Horvath
You are in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time! Sending our condolences & love to you Brema & family!

To : The Worthington kids
Date :Wednesday, March 13th 2019
From : Laurie McGregor Connor
Sometimes our fathers can seem larger than life-yours certainly was. Fathers and daughters share a very special bond-so I'll be thinking of you Gale and Holly as you learn to cope with your great loss. Savor the memories and all he taught you. Fondly,