George Gredassoff (1941-2022) was born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia and came to the United States at the age of 5. He was a student at Campbell High School, and graduated from San Jose State University with BS degrees in social studies and Russian. He continued his studies and earned a General Secondary Education Credential.

George taught Russian, history, geography, economics and government in the Fremont Union High School District in Sunnyvale from 1966 until his retirement in 2001. Known for his innovative and creative teaching style that made learning interesting and motivating, he touched the lives of over 4,000 students in the classroom.

In the latter part of his career, George served as President of The Fremont Education Association, leading teams to negotiate teachers’ contracts that, for the most part, are still in effect to this day. After retirement, he served 13 years on the Hydesville Elementary School Board.

He met his wife Elaine at SJSU and they were married in 1964. They lived in San Jose until they both retired in 2001 and relocated to Humboldt County. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and the great out-of-doors. He was a woodworker, enjoyed gardening and was a fantastic ‘scratch’ cook, but most of all…he loved teaching people.

George is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Elaine, sons Mark, and Eric (Giovanna}, granddaughter Caitlynn (Sam), two great-granddaughters Kensleigh & Madison, brother-in-law Bill (Betsy), nieces Michele & Nancy and many friends and neighbors. He was a humble man with a heart of gold. To say he will be missed is an understatement. We loved him dearly and he loved us dearly. A celebration of life is planned for May.


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