George Enyedi and member Sierra Madre Kiwanis
Sierra Madre has lost another treasure. Smart, charming, energetic, handsome and strong…. just a few adjectives that described Sierra Madre’s former City Treasurer, George Enyedi. He was a wealth of knowledge on finances, volunteerism, loving life, and living well. He never met a challenge that he couldn’t handle.
What made him so amazing is that until he was well into his 80’s, it was hard to keep up with him! George passed away quietly at his home on Tuesday at the age of 91. He was truly an amazing man that will be missed.
Volunteerism and working to improve the quality of life in Sierra Madre were always a big part of Enyedi’s life. He was an active member of the Sierra Madre Cemetery Association, The Sierra Madre Playhouse, The Sierra Madre Mountain Conservancy, SMEAC, and the Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club, just to name a few.
Recipient of numerous civic honors, George was the Sierra Madre Citizen of the Year, and was bestowed with the city’s George Maurer Lifetime Achievement Award to name a few.
By profession, George was a Certified Public Accountant and senior partner in the firm of Enyedi, Marshall and Montanez in downtown Los Angeles. It was this experience that made him the choice of Sierra Madreans when he ran for Treasurer in 2011. It was also his financial experience that kept both the Sierra Madre Cemetery and the Sierra Madre Playhouse from closing several years ago.
Enyedi and his wife, Gerda came to the United States in 1952 from Cluj, Transylvania, a province of Romania, settling in Pasadena, California. They moved to Sierra Madre in 1961. George was looking for a house “on top of a hill” and found the perfect place in Sierra Madre. His home has magnificent views of the San Gabriel Valley and is a stone’s throw away from the natural habitat of bears, deer, coyotes and mountain lions.
The Enyedi’s reared 3 sons, Klaus, Hans and Kurt in Sierra Madre and the family has expanded to include 3 daughters-in-law. In a conversation with him several years ago, he had 6 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters, all living in Southern California. Gerda, his beloved wife of 60 years, passed away in April of 2006 something he really never recovered from.
George Enyedi, through all the ups and downs that life brought his way, epitomized strength, conviction and compassion. When one speaks of the glue that holds this town together, his name is right there at the top of the list. George Enyedi truly was a first class gentleman with the heart of a lion.