George was an outstanding pitcher in various local softball leagues, playing into his 50s, and a reasonably talented bowler.
He was a Republican in a Democratic city, but that didn't stop him from serving as a committeeman for 20 years and running for City Council. He campaigned in 1991 for the 2nd District the year that former mayor and police commissioner Frank Rizzo ran for mayor as a Republican.
A campaign poster showed George Hatton and Rizzo together. Rizzo died of a heart attack on July 16, 1991, before the election and Hatton ended up losing to Democrat Anna C. Verna.
George Hatton was born in South Philadelphia to George and Elfie Hatton. He graduated from Southeast Catholic High School, now Ss. John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School, in 1952.
He worked for a time packing parachutes at the former Defense Supply Center in South Philadelphia. He joined the police force in 1957 and worked as a patrol officer in the days when police cars were red.
George spent half his career in uniform before being promoted to detective. He served in the West Detective Division and won a commendation for breaking up a burglary ring. He retired in 1980 when he was working out of the airport.
He became director of security for Methodist Hospital before going with the Phillies.
"He loved working for the Phillies," his son said. "He was a true fan and loved being around the players and the fans. He worked until he became ill, and even then, he wanted to go back."
He was a member of the National Guard and once appeared on TV as a teenager putting together a machine gun blindfolded.
"George's family was always the priority in his life," his son said. "His love was felt as soon as you were in his presence. Family and friends knew George to be a man of strong faith, great character, generous spirit, and he lived his life to the fullest."
George organized a Town Watch in his neighborhood and belonged to the Home and School Association and Holy Name Society, among other community activities. He was a member of the St. Richard's Senior Citizen group and Korean War Veterans Chapter 1509.
He married the former Joan Falls in 1955.
Besides his wife and son, he is survived by two daughters, Margie Breault and Jeanie Powell; another son, Tom; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services: Were Aug. 15. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
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