Obituary of George G. Malanga
George G. Malanga was a beloved teacher, musician, and lake enthusiast. He was born to George A. and Ruth Malanga in Bloomfield, New Jersey. From the tender age of 5, George's heart found solace at Lake Hopatcong, where he eventually became a permanent resident, weaving his life seamlessly into the fabric of the community he cherished. His abiding love for family, teaching, music, and the lake radiated through every chapter of his life.
As a dedicated school teacher, George saw his role as a guide, shaping the future paths of his students. His joy stemmed from imparting not only academic knowledge but life lessons that could transform a child's confidence, demeanor, and outlook. Inspired by Dale Carnegie's timeless wisdom in "How to Win Friends and Influence People," George believed in the power of personal development, striving to make a positive impact on those around him.
George's influence extended beyond the classroom, reaching the shores of Lake Hopatcong, where he once proudly served as Commodore of the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club. He often expressed gratitude for the privilege of leading such an extraordinary community, referring to it as his extended family. The Yacht Club, for him, was not just a club; it was a haven of special memories, lifelong connections, and cherished moments.
A gifted musician, George's talents embraced a variety of instruments, with the trumpet holding a special place in his heart. From pianist to Orchestra leader and singer, he effortlessly enchanted audiences, leaving an indelible mark as a true entertainer.
George was also a true patriot and loved our country and flag along with everything it represented. He was a proud and active member of the Lake Hopatcong Rotary where he was a Paul Harris recipient – he truly exemplified the spirit of community service. He was also a proud member of his fraternity, Psi Chi, along with various other clubs.
And, of course, George had an impeccable sense of style and a strong passion for fashion which made him a standout figure at any gathering.
Travel, warm weather, and the beach were among George's favorite pursuits. He also had a deep love for his dog, Lola.
George was the owner of Preferred Care at Home of Northwest NJ in Landing, NJ, owner of the Kiddie Academy of Sparta, NJ and former owner and band leader of the George Lang Orchestra
Survivors include his wife; Jill (Haden), children; George H. and wife; Angelica and Brielle and significant other; Andrew Hoeni, sister; Renee Wise and husband Thomas and sister-in-law; Karla Malanga.
In addition to his parents, George was predeceased by his brother; Michael Malanga.
Jill, Georgie and Angelica, Brielle and Andrew, and all who were touched by his presence, George often reminded them, "Remember, when I'm gone, I am fine; you will be the ones that miss me." Truer words could not resonate more now in our minds as we grieve his loss. “But after all I did it My Way”.
George’s Life Celebration will include visiting hours on Saturday February 3, 2024 from 3:00-7:00 PM at Leber-Lakeside Funeral Home, 150 Landing Road, Landing, NJ 07850. A prayer service will be offered Saturday evening at 6:30 PM at the funeral home. Remainder of services are private. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Lake Hopatcong Foundation at www.lakehopatcongfoundation.org, the Rotary Club of Lake Hopatcong or a charity of your choice.