George “Bill” Hiromiak, 83, died on September 9, 2022, in Countryside Personal Care of Mercer Home, Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his son George William Hromiac III, and parents George and Anne (Lydney) Hiromiac. He is survived by daughters Jennifer (Aaron) Dayton of Nichanok, Pennsylvania and Janelle Hiromiak of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and granddaughters Parker and Zoe Dayton.
Bell grew up in the Hermitage and graduated from Hickory High School in 1957. His best memories are the time he spent with his classmates. He remained very close to many of them and was eager to help plan their reunion. His family owned the largest barn in Mercer County, with a basketball court upstairs. Children from all over the county will stop and play for hours. Bill also belongs to Boy Scouts, where he learned many survival and outdoor skills.
He had a passion for cars that owned British MG Midgets, but his signature parade was a black 1957 Ford Fairlain 500 Skyline retractable hardtop.
After graduation, Bell worked as a typist at The Sharon Herald and The Vindicator in Youngstown, Ohio.
In 1973, Bill became a business owner and opened a cleaning service in Hromyak. He ran a highly successful commercial and residential cleaning service for 43 years in the Shenango Valley and acquired a fleet of cleaning vehicles and a large cleaning crew.
When Bell began retiring, he also began working at the Daffin’s Candy Factory in Farrell, Pennsylvania. He worked the evening shift cleaning all the chocolate and caramel from the day.
Bill was an avid fisherman and learned to shoot by working at the skeet range on his family’s farm. His father then taught him how to hunt, and together they would go out looking for pheasants, rabbits, turkeys, and deer. He always brought his beagle, which he always said was his best hunting companion. Bill also loved fishing, and throughout the year endless fishing stories have been accumulated by everyone from Pennsylvania’s waters. He taught all his children how to catch and clean a fish.
Bill was a lover of the outdoors, and he took his family camping. He pulled a 32-foot Shasta wagon across the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Pocono Mountains, and the islands of Lake Erie.
Bill was very enthusiastic about gardening, and he grew it all up, but he prided himself on tomatoes and peppers. He especially loved hot peppers and would spend days canning peppers and gifting them to his friends. Bill also loved to cook, and was always on the lookout for new recipes to try. He learned how to make pasca (Easter bread) and hazelnut rolls from his mother, and enjoyed baking during the holidays.
Bell was very proud of being active in the community, and he played golf with different groups. He became a member of the Rotary Club of Sharon and served as the president of the Rotary Club.
Bell was an unforgivable fan of all Cleveland sports teams, especially the Browns. Bill enjoyed listening to old songs, and would often whistle or sing as loudly as he could. He loved to dance and say, “The dance is all in the hips!” He was nominated as “Mr. Countryside” representing the home of Mercer Personal Care and was invited to participate as a contestant on The Chadwick in Wexford, Pennsylvania. Bell chose to dance as his own talent, it meant for him to be able to dance again.
Bill had an infectious smile and would bring joy and laughter wherever he went. He was a kind soul, lived his life with a cheerful spirit, always finding the silver lining in any situation. The love of his children and grandchildren.
The visit will take place Thursday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. , 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle. The funeral service will take place immediately after the visit at 4:00 with Reverend Douglas Dayton presiding.
Condolences can be offered online to the family at www.cunninghamfh.com.
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