George Belarski, a general manager at Palintest USA, died Oct. 24 in Cincinnati after battling cancer. He was 65.

“George was a true champion of the importance of quality water testing in the aquatics market,” said Lesley Henderson, Palintest sales and marketing director. “His dedication to these goals has delivered safer swimming pools for America.”

Born in Charleroi, Pa., on April 16, 1946, Belarski studied natural sciences and pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh before being drafted into the Navy as an electronics technician (radar) second class. He served on USS Frank Knox and USS England and was a Vietnam War veteran.

After an early discharge in 1972 as his mother’s only surviving son, he joined Commonwealth Edison in Chicago as an associate engineer, and then worked for a number of companies before becoming regional sales manager for Palintest in 2005.

Belarski was a member of APSP’s Cincinnati Chapter and sat on the review panel for NSPF’s Pool & Spa Operator Handbook. Known for his honesty and integrity, he forged enduring friendships with the strong distributor base he orchestrated throughout the country.

“George left his imprint on every life he touched with his kindness, generosity and love for life,” said Rafael Alvarado, inventory control manager at Knorr Systems in Santa Ana, Calif.

His favorite pastimes included watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and University of Pittsburgh football teams, cooking Polish and Hungarian family recipes, and discussing global issues.

Visitations were held Oct. 27 at Avance Funeral Home and Crematory in Fairfield, Ohio. Belarski is survived by his wife, Patricia, four sons and three grandchildren.