University Park, Pa- The State College community is mourning after last Thursday’s deadly shooting that resulted in the death of four men… including long time State College resident George McCormick
WTAJ sat down with David Gingher, the Director of Retail Campus Dining and Catering at Penn State, who worked with McCormick for more than 40 years.
Gingher said that McCormick had a big impact on his career, and his life…. telling WTAJ that he was a one-of-a-kind man, who left us too soon.
“Even though he was 82…. still it’s what happened… how it happened, you just don’t expect something like that to happen in someone’s life…,” Gingher said.
Perhaps especially the life of George McCormick, a man who Gingher says shaped so many other lives.
“If it wasn’t for George, I wouldn’t be at Penn State today. He’s the one who hired me and gave me a chance, and stood by me and helped me get promoted. I’ve never left this department and ended up being director,” Gingher said.
To Gingher, the way McCormick’s life was taken is tough to cope with, because he fought through so many other obstacles throughout his life.
“That’s the hardest part… he’s a survivor of Polio…. his one arm he couldn’t use… never stopped him, never prevented him from doing anything,” Gingher said.
McCormick valued his independence.
“You didn’t ever try to do something for him…. he would tell you ‘no’… he could do it himself,” Gingher said.
Gingher added that he believes McCormick’s courage was shown Thursday night when Jordan Witmer shot his way into the McCormick’s home on Tussey Lane. George came out to confront Witmer and yelled to his wife to lock herself in the bedroom and call 9-1-1.
“Oh that’s George, he would protect anybody that’s around him…. he took the brunt of it….,” Gingher said
“I just think it’s gonna take time to heal. We’re not used to these things happenening in our community…. you only think this happens in big cities. This is just a freak thing how it all happened, and how it ended. I still haven’t been able grasp the whole thing.”
McCormick was laid to rest Monday in the Boalsburg Cemetery. He leaves behind his wife, three children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.