George Thomas Moskovita

Fisherman, 91George Thomas Moskovita, 91, of Astoria, died Thursday, April 8, 2004 in Astoria.

Mr. Moskovita was born Feb. 19, 1913 in Bellingham, Wash., to Dome and Agnes (Rooney) Moskovita.

Mr. Moskovita graduated from Whatcom High School in Bellingham, Wash., in 1930. He attended the University of Washington.

He had been involved in the fishing industry since childhood. He and his brother helped their father, who was the first commercial crab fisherman in Bellingham Bay.

Mr. Moskovita fished from Alaska to Mexico in nearly every type of fishing.

In 1939, he moved to Astoria and pioneered the bottom fishing business in the area.

On Aug. 20, 1943, he married June Berg of Astoria at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Bellingham, Wash. She survives, residing in Astoria.

Throughout his career, Mr. Moskovita owned, rebuilt and restored many fishing boats. He also established Pacific Shrimp in Warrenton. He wrote a book, "Living Off the Pacific Ocean Floor," which is an account of his life, boats and stories.

He is survived by four daughters and three sons-in-law, Joy Johnson of Rosburg, Wash.; Georgene and Pastor Keith Swenson of Seaview, Wash.; JoAnn and Charles Williams of Scappoose and Kathleen and Randall Orcutt of Bellingham.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Moskovita.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. May 7 at the First Lutheran Church in Astoria.

A private interment was held at Ocean View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Lutheran Church, the Columbia River Maritime Museum or the Red Cross, in care of Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries, 576 12th St., Astoria, OR 97103.

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