George worked on the Shot at Dawn campaign, which saw 306 men and boys executed during the 1914-1918 conflict given a posthumous pardon in 2006.
He also served in a number of senior positions within the National Union of Journalists, including president.
John Barsby, the NUJ’s president when George was vice-president, said: “George’s commitment to that campaign brought pardons for those 306 in 2006 – a victory that George had strived for years to achieve. An incredible legacy.
“When I spoke to George last month, things were looking hopeful and we were planning to meet for a catch up and a pint. Sadly it’s not to be.”
George, who began his career in Scotland, passed away last month after a long illness.
Christine Harle, who worked with George on the night shift at The Journal, said: “He was a campaigning journalist but he had a wide range of interests.
“He worked very hard but he was full of fun as well and was such a character that people would surround his desk to laugh at his stories.”
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, daughters Lynn and Clare, and a granddaughter, Jade.
Said Nancy: “When George had something on his mind, he fought tooth and nail. He would not give up.”