George P. IV “Georgie”. April 23, 2020. Suddenly at age 18. Cherished son of George P. III and the late Lori-Ann (nee Knecht). Loving grandson of Sandra (nee Saxton) and the late George Karusky and the late Dennis and the late Sharon (nee O’Leary) Knecht. Beloved nephew of Faith (Joseph) Buccello, the late Kimberly Karusky, the late Danny Karusky, Dennis Knecht, Bill (Cathy) Knecht and Danielle Knecht. Devoted cousin of Kelly, Emily, Carter, Casey, Billy, Morgan, and Kevin. Special friend to his father’s companion Paula Decolli. Adoring High School Sweetheart of Samantha McCurry.
The Archbishop Ryan High School senior grew up playing sports all over. He played football, soccer and baseball for many different teams, and no matter where he went, he was always the most popular guy on the field. “No matter where we were, he knew somebody,” said his dad, also named George. “He had so many friends. He played at fields all over Northeast Philly and Southeastern Pennsylvania, even, in Bensalem. He played for so many teams, and no matter where he went, he had friends. People just liked him. He was never the best, he was short and stocky, but he gave effort and people liked him. He had a lot of friends.”“He would do anything to get on the field,” said Ryan coach Ryan Haney. “He became so mature his senior year. He really bought in to what we were doing. And he would take the younger guys under his wing. He really cared about people. “He was a great teammate. And he was a great kid. Since the season ended, he would always come over and make a point to say hi or give me a hug. He was a good player, but a great person.” Georgie, who also starred in baseball, was a fringe starter on the soccer team, but he really blossomed as a football player in his senior year, when he was Second-Team All-Catholic as a kicker. He was also a great punter, and won the Sportsmanship Award from the league. Next year, he was going to play at Chestnut Hill College, to kick for the sprint football team and major in computer science.