George Otto Bonitz, 95, passed away recently in Northridge, CA.
George Bonitz was the consummate importing and exporting businessman in the wood business, having managed and owned businesses in Taiwan, and the Philippines for more than 60 years. He lived in Taiwan from 1960 to 1976, where he vice-chairman of Pacific Wood Products in Taipei, Taiwan, with offices in Korea, Japan and Singapore, exporting wood products to the U.S. He later became the President and Chairman of Findlay Millar Timber Company in Manila where he lived from 1976 to 1987, where he employed 2,500 local residents in the lumber and plywood business. He also co-founded Liberty Woods International, a plywood trading business. Up until Bonitz’s passing, he was still representing overseas plywood mills from Indonesia, Malaysia and China.
He started his career at Penokee Veneer, now Columbia Forest Products, in Mellen, WI. After the Korean War, he moved his family to California to work for Regal Door Company, and then moved to Taiwan in 1960. He returned to the U.S. in the late 1980s and continued to trade wood products until 2017.
A veteran of two wars, Staff Sergeant Bonitz was part of the Mighty 8th Air Force 96th Bombardment Squadron’s 337th and 339th, and received the “Distinguished Flying Cross” the “Air Medal” and other citations for meritorious achievement in heavy bombardment missions over occupied Europe.
Donations may be sent to the 96th Air Force Bomb Group Association, 31 Brinckerhoff Avenue, New Canaan, CT 06840.
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