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George Sutor, RIP

Postby rlee » Sat Sep 17, 2011 2:21 am

PHILADELPHIA - The La Salle department of intercollegiate athletics and men's basketball program are mourning the loss of George Sutor '65, who passed away on Monday in Wisconsin. Sutor played for the Explorers from 1962-65 and his career rebounding average of 11.6 remains fifth all-time in La Salle history.

Sutor ended his career with 826 rebounds, which was third all-time when he graduated behind Tom Gola '55 (2,201) and Norm Grekin '53 (832). He scored 971 career points for a 13.7 ppg. average. Sutor also held La Salle's shot put record in track and field for 31 years.

Following graduation, he played two years in the ABA and one with the Washington Generals. He owned a popular Somers Point, N.J. restaurant named "Sutor's" before running "Big Swedes" in Wisconsin in the late 1990s.

Lake Holcombe's Big Swede's owner remembered for generous spirit


Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011
By Chris Vetter Chippewa Falls News Bureau

The Holcombe area lost one of its biggest supporters with the death of George Sutor Sr. on Monday, his friends say.
Sutor, 68, ran Big Swede's Resort on Highway 27. He was injured Aug. 5 in an ATV crash when he was ejected from his vehicle. He died at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.
"George was a very unique individual," said friend David Olson of Bloomer. "He was very gregarious. He embraced the name ‘Gorgeous George.' He was very, very patriotic; he had a number of different benefits for people."
In 2005, Sutor hired an artist to paint a 8,000-pound rock with patriotic scenery. The rock sits in the parking lot area of the tavern.
Inside the tavern are pictures of Sutor playing basketball in his native city of Philadelphia, including him scoring on Wilt Chamberlain.
"He was a phenomenal athlete," Olson said.
(Sutor was a player for the Washington Generals, the team the Harlem Globetrotters beats over and over and over again, in the late 1950s. Chamberlain played for the Trotters at the time before he joined the National Basketball Association's Philadelphia Warriors in 1959. Sutor also played for American Basketball Association teams in the 1960s and briefly for the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles.)
Dianne Bayerl, secretary for the Holcombe Lions Club, said Sutor always was involved in the club's projects and would offer his tavern as a place to hold fundraisers.
"Our community lost one of its biggest benefactors," Bayerl said. "He helped everybody. He helped the school with fundraisers. He was kind of bigger-than-life, in all ways. He will be greatly missed."
The tavern was named "Big Swede's" long before Sutor and his wife, Sue, moved from the East Coast and began operating it in the late 1990s. Sue's parents owned the business and sold it to her and George.
However, Olson said the business expanded under Sutor's leadership.
"He embraced it here and fell in love with ‘God's Country' — he never talked about moving back to Philadelphia," Olson said. "George was the promoter. (The business) grew and expanded. They added on."
Only six weeks ago, Sutor's 39-year-old son, George Sutor, died at his home. Olson said the business will likely be handled by Sue and her nephew Mark Sutor.
"It's devastating," Olson said. "Sue is very resilient — for her, it's like a dream you want to wake up from. It's overwhelming, and unbelievable."
Bayerl said she will miss how Sutor always was looking for ways to help others.
"He was always upbeat, always looking to see what he could do," she said. "He was a very positive person, and very outgoing."
Barry Hoke, a Lake Holcombe town supervisor, said Sutor was known for being a giver.
"He was a very generous man," Hoke said. "He was very thankful to a lot of people who helped him when he was growing up."
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