Lifelong Staten Islander George A. Ares, 85, of West Brighton, a veteran of two wars and a loving family man, died Sunday in Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton.
Born and raised in Tompkinsville, he graduated from Curtis High School, where he was on the track and field team. He settled in West Brighton in the 1960s.
Mr. Ares served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, stationed at the former Clark Air Base in Luzon, the Philippines. The AAF was renamed the U.S. Air Force in 1948 and he served during the Korean War era while stationed at the same base.
He worked in water testing for the city Environmental Protection Agency for more than 42 years. He also was a part-time manager at the former ACME super market on Castleton Avenue for 25 years.
Health-conscious, Mr. Ares enjoyed walking and swimming. He took meticulous care of his elaborate and beautiful garden, which boasted roses and other flowers. He also enjoyed dancing and dining at local restaurants with his wife, Mary.
Mr. Ares was a people person, loved and respected by all who knew him, and he enjoyed helping those in need, his daughter, Joanne Tabick, said.
"He loved working and always stayed active," she said. "You couldn't stop him. He was an 'Energizer Bunny.'"
Mr. Ares was a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, West Brighton, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society.
Surviving, along with Mary, his wife of 60 years, and his daughter, Joanne, is his brother, Robert R.
The funeral will be Thursday from the Casey Funeral Home, Castleton Corners, with a mass at 10 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will follow in Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp.