George P. Sterling, Jr.
Mr. George P. Sterling, Jr., age 87, of Delaware City, DE, died on Friday, March 12, 2010.
George was born in Fort Totten, NY, on January 28, 1923, son of the late George P. Sterling, Sr., of Hartford, CT and Theresa Eiser Sterling, of Marienrachdorf, Germany. Along with almost all of the boys in his class, George left high school and enlisted in the Army on April 27, 1943 to join the war effort in World War II. During the war, he laid and maintained telephone lines, and operated switchboards between forward observation posts and his artillery unit while serving in France and at the Battle of the Bulge. Upon returning home, he finished high school and then for over 55 years he owned and operated Sterlings Caf with his beloved wife, Peggy, who was a former mayor of Delaware City, DE. Because of the traveling workers at the Delaware City Industrial Complex, Sterlings was known nationwide, thanks to their handmade crab cakes, hand packed oysters, and a long list of home made soups, clam chowder and oyster stew among them.
As a young man, George enjoyed baseball, hunting, and fishing. His love of baseball was so great, that one close friend shared with Georges children, I dont know if you know it or not, but your father was a hell of a baseball player. A devout Catholic, George was a longtime member of St. Pauls Parish in Delaware City and a member of the former Knights of Columbus chapter at St. Pauls. In his leisure time, he enjoyed vacationing in Fenwick Island where he and Peggy purchased a home in 1967.
He was preceded in death by Peggy, his wife of 61 years, who died in 2005. He is survived by their children, Georgette L. Borrelli (Frank) of Newark; William P. Sterling (Diane) of Middletown; Robert L. Sterling of Middletown; Lawrence R. Sterling of Middletown; Richard J. Sterling of New Castle; Teresa A. Klonowski of Delaware City; Patricia A. Sterling of New Castle; Christine M. Sterling of New Castle; Gregory E. Sterling of Baltimore, MD; and Michael D. Sterling (Suzanne) of Middletown; brother, Joseph Sterling of Jacksonville, FL; 12 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at St. Pauls R.C. Church, 209 Washington Street, Delaware City. Interment will follow in New St. Pauls Cemetery, Delaware City.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Pauls R.C. Church, P.O. Box 544, Delaware City, DE 19706.