George Anthony Libonate

George Libonate passed away peacefully Thursday, April 28, surrounded by loved ones in his home in Palm Coast at the age of 84.

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George Anthony Libonate

George Libonate passed away peacefully Thursday, April 28, surrounded by loved ones in his home in Palm Coast at the age of 84.

Born in NJ in 1938, he was the son of George and Vera Libonate.  A graduate of Abraham Clark HS, Roselle, NJ, he served in the Marine Corps, and then went on to attend Monmouth College in NJ.  A lifelong educator, he taught and coached in Pt. Pleasant, NJ and Allentown, NJ while earning his Master’s degree from Columbia Teacher’s College.   He then went on to earn his Ph. D. in Education from Rutgers University whereupon he served as curriculum coordinator in the Sterling NJ School District and then Principal and Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Ridgewood NJ until his retirement.

George was an avid sailor and had many adventures exploring the bays and harbors of NJ and Long Island in the 1970’s and 1980’s with his sons Scott and Timothy.  Upon his retirement in the early 1990’s, he purchased the Phoenix IV and cruised up and down the East Coast before settling in Palm Coast in the late 1990’s.  There he turned his passion to local politics, art, and tennis.   He was actively involved in the development of the Palm Coast Tennis Center and in researching and writing a chronicle of the history of tennis in Palm Coast.  As his years progressed he focused his attention on his writing and artwork, which now adorns the walls of many households.  By the time of his passing he had compiled his family history into many humorous and insightful stories which are now enjoyed by family and friends alike.

George was a loving, devoted partner, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, story-teller, and family advisor.  He was the anchor of his extended family and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  He is survived by his partner Nancy Skadden; his Son and Daughter-in law, Scott and Merry Ann Libonate; his four Grandchildren, Casey, Samantha, Tyler, and Zach; and his sisters Mary Anne Coll, and Elaine Word.  He was predeceased by his youngest son Timothy.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday May 29, 2022 at 3pm for friends and family at his home at 6 Crow Ct, Palm Coast FL 32137.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to:


Toys for Tots

or the Wounded Warrior Project


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