- September 14, 1936 - January 24, 2009
- Durham, North Carolina
of George's Passing
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“I wanted to let the family know that I continue to spread the story of how George likely saved my life. He bright to my attention a problematic mole...Read More »
1 of 32 | Posted by: Hunter Daughtrey - durham, NC
“I miss you more and more everyday Papa. I hope you are having a great time in heaven.
2 of 32 | Posted by: Robbie Tomasic - durham, NC
“As I read all of the above about George, all I can do is agree. The one thing I miss the most, he is my father. I miss you Pop. Kim
3 of 32 | Posted by: Kim Jensen - Durham, NC
“George was not just my barber but also a wonderful friend. I miss him greatly and send my condolences to his family.
4 of 32 | Posted by: C. L. Morton Jr. - Chapel Hill, NC
“I used to take my two little boys to visit George to get haircuts. He was always very sweet to them as children. My sons are grown and still went to...Read More »
5 of 32 | Posted by: Margaret Scarborough - Wilmington, NC
“George cut my hair since I was around ten. He always made me feel welcome and was a good way to catch up on other folks around town. I loved his...Read More »
6 of 32 | Posted by: Mark Morton - Chapel Hill, NC
“Kim, Chris, Marilyn, Robbie, Tyler, Patrick --
My love and prayers go out to all of you. It was wonderful to spend time with everyone this summer-...Read More »
7 of 32 | Posted by: Michele Tomasic - Pittsburgh, PA
“To sit in George's chair was a gift in many colors--high quality gossip--which keeps the community in touch with itself; wit; stories in many stripes...Read More »
8 of 32 | Posted by: Ruel Tyson - Chapel Hill, NC
“We knew George from his many years as an usher at Immaculate Conception Church at the same mass that we attend each Sunday. He was the guardian of...Read More »
9 of 32 | Posted by: Bob and Mary Jane Wiethe - Durham, NC
“We miss you already, George. You've always been there for us. Cutting my hair for 33 years and my son's for 18, you became our family's good friend....Read More »
10 of 32 | Posted by: Paul Stewart - Chapel Hill, NC
“It seems inconceivable that George is gone; if any person truly embraced life and all it has to offer it was George. His love of family was as...Read More »
11 of 32 | Posted by: Carole Stemkowski - Liverpool
“George was my friend for more than 40 years. He also cut my hair, but the haircuts, as great as they were, were not the main reason I frequented his...Read More »
12 of 32 | Posted by: Dave Kitzmiller - Liverpool
“Sorry about your loss, guys. He raised a good family and was a fine man.
13 of 32 | Posted by: tommy beck ward - hampstead, NC
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God keep you in his loving care in the days ahead.
14 of 32 | Posted by: Chigger and Cookie Woods - Durham, NC
“George was not only my barber for the past 45 years, but a good friend and neighbor too. He has been supporter, mentor, advisor, and much more to me...Read More »
15 of 32 | Posted by: Billie Biggs - Durham, NC
“Kim,sorry about your dad,George was "cool" I always enjoyed talking to him.
16 of 32 | Posted by: lou whitehust - little river, SC
“George is one of those rare individuals who transcends the need for more than one name, like a Brazilian football star.
"I'm going to see George", I...Read More »
17 of 32 | Posted by: Fred Stevens - Chapel Hill, NC
“I have known George over 35 years, and have been a regular customer since 1972-73. I always felt better after visiting with George and hearing his...Read More »
18 of 32 | Posted by: Barry McNeill - Fuquay-Varina, NC
“George was a great man who always had a smile and a kind word. Our sincere condolences to all of his family. George will be missed but definitely not...Read More »
19 of 32 | Posted by: Jeff and Kim Doyle - Los Angeles, CA
“I am very sorry for the family's loss.
He was a wonderful uncle and godfather. He will be missed.
20 of 32 | Posted by: Ramona Shaffer - Monroeville, PA
“Chris, Kim and families, my condolences...George will be missed by all who knew him. I remember the time George, Chris and I went to the Irish bar...Read More »
21 of 32 | Posted by: Eric Tomasic - Glenmoore, PA
“George has been givint me great haircuts for about 25 years. we have become friends during that time. When he cut my hair about two weeks ago and I...Read More »
22 of 32 | Posted by: Charles Milone - Chapel Hill, NC
“Kim, Chris and Family....my condolences. I am very sorry for your loss. Chris, I was so happy to see all of you this past summer in Pittsburgh. Uncle...Read More »
23 of 32 | Posted by: Tony Tomasic - Pittsburgh, PA
“Mr. Tomasic will be missed by all the administrators at Jordan High School. George always added an enjoyable, spirited perspective to our informal...Read More »
24 of 32 | Posted by: Andrea Schirmer - Durham, NC
“George was a friend to many of us at the University for many years. He cut my haircut during my undergraduate and graduate school days as well as on...Read More »
25 of 32 | Posted by: Tony Waldrop - Chapel Hill, NC
“George, we'll miss you, but your bright spirit remains with us.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Kim, Chris, and the entire family.
26 of 32 | Posted by: Matt and Sarah Cloues - Durham, NC
“George, you will be missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to have spent time with you.
Godspeed, my friend.
27 of 32 | Posted by: Steve Smith - Chapel Hill, NC
“George was the best of men. He always had time to listen.When I think of Tarheel, It's the Barber Shop, not the basketball team. Until we meet again...Read More »
28 of 32 | Posted by: Manning Outen - Chapel Hill, NC
“You never expect to lose the people who have been a fixture in your environment. George was always a good usher and made people welcome in church. I...Read More »
29 of 32 | Posted by: Phil Lawless - Durham, NC
“Our sincere condolences to Kim, Chris, grandchildren, and George's other family members. George lived life in the biggest way, and made his mark...Read More »
30 of 32 | Posted by: Deb and Doug Clements - Durham, NC
“George was a unique character and one of the most interesting guys I have ever met. I don't think I ever left the chair without finding out...Read More »
31 of 32 | Posted by: Denny Marcin - Chapel Hill, NC
“I was just thinking "I need to call George for a haircut, I'm overdue." He was my barber for over 34 years, cutting my hair with style and some...Read More »
32 of 32 | Posted by: Hunter Daughtrey - Durham, NC
George Charles Tomasic, Jr. 72, died Saturday in UNC Hospital following a brief illness. Born in Pittsburgh, PA to George C. and Elizabeth H. Tomasic, he was raised in the North Braddock section of Pittsburgh. He spent four years in the Air Force prior to moving to Durham in 1957. George joined Tar Heel Barbershop in 1958, becoming its owner in 1972. He was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, a faithful usher for many years and member of the Knights of Columbus.
George Tomasic was a bright-eyed, happy and colorful fellow who enjoyed life to the fullest. He was a Chapel Hill fixture - a veritable part of the heart and soul of the Franklin Street business district. He knew virtually all of Chapel Hill's notable people, cut the hair of many celebrities and accrued countless customer friends over several generations. George's favorite daily ritual was gathering with his breakfast cronies at Sutton's Drug Store to "hold court" and solve the world's problems.
Surviving are his sons, Chris Tomasic and wife, Marilyn of Durham and Albert Kim Jensen and wife, Melissa Jewett of Durham; grandsons, Tyler, Robbie and Patrick Tomasic; and six brothers, Larry, Bobby, Jimmy, Bernard, Billy and Francis Tomasic. He was predeceased by his wife Fran Tomasic in 1996.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 10:30 AM Wednesday from Immaculate Conception Church. Interment following in St. Matthew Catholic Cemetery. Friends may visit 7-9 PM Tuesday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Donations in George's memory may be made to UNC Lineberger Cancer Center.