TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Royal Marine commando and successful businessman after he died aged 82.
George Stanness, from Fulwell, fought in the Korean War in the 1950s, serving with the Royal Navy’s elite fighting force in the bloody conflict.
After leaving the Armed Forces, he went on to become a successful property developer in the city.
He died earlier this month after a short illness.
Friend Derek Fambely, 82, from Silksworth, said: “He did not really talk about his time in the forces, but many of those who fought in the campaign were killed.
“The conditions were apparently appalling and they were very poorly equipped.”
Away from the battlefield, George won a host of honours, including the Young Soldier’s Boxing Award, for his sporting prowess.
“He was a keen amateur boxer and a member of the Lambton Street Boys Club, in Sunderland,” said Derek. “He won quite a few matches in his time.”
In his spare time, George, who attended the former West Park Central School, also trained as an opera singer, later becoming a member of the local operatic society.
“He had so many interests,” said Derek.
“He was always very sociable. He liked to meet people for a chat and a joke. He was very gregarious.”
After leaving the Armed Forces, George studied accountancy, working for a company in Sunderland, before moving into property investment.
He owned houses in Park Lane and spent much of his time maintaining them.
“He was a popular figure in Sunderland,” said Derek. “He was well-known and will be missed by a lot of people.”
George, who has three sisters, died on February 2.
His funeral took place at Sunderland Crematorium on Tuesday.