George T. Sidiropolis departed this Earth on Father’s Day, 2024. George was loved by family and friends.

He was known for his charismatic personality and his desire to help others. He will be remembered for the lives he changed and the work he did to improve government in West Virginia. George’s Father, Thomas (deceased), was an Iron Worker who died on the job when George was only 16 years old. George and his siblings were raised by their Mother, Josephine (deceased), who supported their family with a single income from the Marx Toy plant.

George began a career in public service at the age of 20 when he was appointed Executive Director of the Benwood-McMechen Public Housing Authority. He was the youngest person in the county to occupy this position. George built public housing to help senior citizens, disabled people and the less fortunate secure a stable and affordable place to live.

George was appointed Commissioner of the Division of Motor Vehicles for the State of West Virginia by Governor Gaston Caperton. Over the course of his career in public service he worked closely with five Governors. He served as a Senior Aide to the Governor, Assistant to the Secretary for the Department of Transportation, a Member of the State Parole Board and Chairman of the State Racing Commission. He was committed to making government work for the people and helped countless West Virginians secure government employment.

Following his retirement from public service, George authored Murder Never Dies: Crime and Corruption in the Friendly City. He received multiple awards for his writing and was the featured selection in a New York Times article about true crime books.

He and his wife Donna (deceased) are the parents of two children, George Nico and David Alexander (deceased). Following the disability of his Brother Frank (deceased), George became the guardian of his nephew, Mark Thomas.

George is also survived by his Sister, Barbara Marshall, her husband Ronald and their daughter Joanna.

Friends will be received from 5-8 p.m., Thursday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling. Friends will then be received from 10 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2024, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Elm Grove, Wheeling, with Very Reverend Fr. Thomas A. Chillog as celebrant. Private interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.

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