George Leonard Hyman, a retired telephone company supervisor and World War II veteran, died of respiratory failure Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The longtime Bel Air resident was 85.
Mr. Hyman was born in Baltimore and raised on Montford Avenue. After graduating from City College in 1940, he went to work for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co.
He enlisted in the Army in 1944 and served as a communications engineer with the 95th Infantry, which was also known as the "Iron Men of Metz," for its role in capturing the French city.
He was discharged in 1946, and his decorations included the Bronze Star for meritorious service.
Mr. Hyman returned to C & P, where he worked until retiring in 1985.
A resident of Bel Air since 1965, Mr. Hyman was an active communicant of St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church.
He enjoyed woodworking and refinishing furniture. He was a Baltimore Colts fan and liked swimming and playing tennis.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at his church, 141 N. Hickory Ave., Bel Air, at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, the former Gertrude Gaeng; a son, Stephen Hyman of Bel Air; five daughters, Kathleen Straub Susan Kelly, Deborah Sullivan and Lisa Pons, all of Bel Air, and Chris Scott of Street; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.