They had the first two of seven children in Cleveland and when they were both honorably discharged, they moved to Alexandria, VA so he could pursue a law degree at Georgetown University. He passed the VA State Bar in his second year of law school, and ultimately graduated Cum Laude while he and Mary Ann were raising five children.
Over the next 60 years they lived in their adopted home of Alexandria, VA while raising their seven children. George began his legal practice shortly after graduation and was in private practice until 1976 at which time he became an Administrative Law Judge for the Labor Department, a position he held for the next twenty years.
He was a member of the VA State Bar for over fifty years, was instrumental in forming the American Trial Lawyers Association, and was active in Alexandria politics. Although starting out he was President of the Young Democrats, he was a lifelong Republican and extremely proud of his affiliation. At age seventy three he retired but kept very active. He had many interests but his two loves were his family and sailing.
George was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann; daughters, Georgeann and Justine; and grandson, Daniel. He is survived by his loving children, Michaele, Robert (Gail), Dennise (Rod), Marie, and Vincent; grandchildren, Stephanie, Edward, Mark, Jonathan; five great grandchildren; brothers, Robert J. (Kim) and Bernard C. (Irma); as well as many nieces and nephews.
Everly Wheatley Funeral Home (Alexandria, VA) - October 3, 2011
The death was confirmed by his daughter Dennise Fath.
Mr. Fath worked as a lawyer in private practice in Alexandria for about 25 years before joining the Labor Department.
George Aloysius Fath was a native of Pittston, Pa., and a Navy veteran of World War II. After the war, he graduated from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. He was a 1952 cum laude graduate of Georgetown University’s law school.
He was active in Republican politics in Alexandria, where he ran unsuccessfully for City Council in 1963. His hobbies included sailing.
His wife of 64 years, the former Mary Ann King, died in 2008. Two of their daughters have died, Georgeann Payton in 1988 and Justine Truesdale in 2002.
Survivors include five children, Robert Fath of Jacksonville, Fla., Vincent Fath of Herndon and Michaele Fath, Dennise Fath and Marie Fath, all of Alexandria; two brothers, Robert Fath of Pittston and Bernard Fath of Lanham; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The Washington Post (Adam Bernstein) - October 14, 2011