George Hulnick, 96, World War II veteran, founded building maintenance firms

The family of George H. Hulnick is sad to announce his passing on Saturday May 4 at his home in Lake Worth, FL.

George was born on December 10, 1916, and grew up on Staten Island, NY. He was one of seven siblings, children of Isaac and Katie Friedman and grew up in a close-knit, loving family. Working in his family's news and candy store was the fount of his work ethic, and he enrolled and completed his degree in business at NYU.

World War II beckoned him to military service, which he fulfilled around the States, ultimately becoming a respected teacher to officers and enlisted men alike in Fort Sill, OK. The War could not keep him apart from the love of his life, a fellow student from NYU, Elsie Post, who traveled from New York to Oklahoma to marry George.

The happy couple moved back to New York to be close to their extended families. George found his path in the business world, and through his hard work, perseverance, personal charm, and business acumen, he founded and grew several related building maintenance companies. Moving his young family from the Bronx to New Rochelle, NY, he fulfilled his wish for more open space and room to grow.

It was always family first, but he also loved to play golf and was a member at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, NY, and then at The Fountains Country Club in Lake Worth, FL. He was a stalwart at Temple Beth-El in New Rochelle and at Temple Beth-Tikvah in Florida.  Dignified, steadfast, always impeccably attired, with a wonderful sense of humor, warmth, and integrity, he was a friend to so many, and a shining example to all who knew him.

George was predeceased by Elsie, his wife of 65 years, five years ago.  After a period of deep mourning, his resilience and indefatigability allowed him to find new joy and meaning in the last years of his life.

George is survived by his proud children, Dr. Donald Hulnick (Nancy Moore) of Ridgefield, and Alice Buchsbaum  (Irving) of New Rochelle, NY, beloved grandchildren Blake and Molly Hulnick, Michael and Mark Buchsbaum, and great grandchildren Andrew, Emily, and Evan Buchsbaum.

George was a contributor to so many causes, but his request was that, if so desired, contributions be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York.