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George W. Hernan

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Date published: 10/25/2013

George W. Hernan

George W. Hernan, 84, of Lake of the Woods passed away Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.

George was born in Phoenix, Ariz. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served as radioman on many reconnaissance missions from 1947 to 1951. After his Navy service, George flew for Air Djibouti airlines as a radioman and navigator. He earned his bachelor of science at UCLA Berkeley and his master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania. George co-founded Ultronics Systems Corp. in 1961, and was on the leading edge of technology. He had international recognition and more than 80 patents in communication. He was also a former member of the Lake of the Woods Lions Club.

George loved to sail on the Chesapeake Bay, play poker, work on his computer and spend time with his family.

George is survived by his wife, Barbara M. Hernan of Locust Grove; sons Michael Mastrofrancesco and Taric of St. Louis, Mo., and Mark Mastrofrancesco and Shelley of Gainesville; daughters Kim DiCinno and Anthony of Hammonton, N.J., Lynn Fuhrman and Bradley of El Paso, Texas, Susan Robinson of Carey, N.C., Debra Bunn of Marlton, N.J., and Lori Shockley of Hanover, N.J. He is also survived by grandchildren Jeramie Baker, Robert and Daniel DiCinno, Megan, Benjamin, and Joseph Mastrofrancesco, Bethany and Samuel Fuhrman and Nicholas Robinson; as well as great-grandchildren Domitri, Stephanie, Alissa and Kaylie. George is also survived by his sister, Myrtle Farleigh and James of Oregon.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth and C.J. Ferrell.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Lake of the Woods Church, Locust Grove, with a visitation and reception immediately following the service. The Rev. Tom Schafer will officiate.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Lake of the Woods Fire and Rescue or Lions Sight Foundation of Virginia.

An online guest book and obituary are available at johnsoncares.com.