George Edward Chellew
October 2, 1946 - September 9, 2022
George Edward Chellew, age 75, of Middletown, DE and formerly of New Castle, passed away on Friday, September 9, 2022.
Born in Harrisburg, PA on October 2, 1946, he was the son of the late Robert Chellew and Arnetta “Jane” Heisey. George grew up in Hummelstown, PA, where he graduated from Lower Dauphin High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Education at Bloomsburg University, where he played basketball, then later earned his master’s degree at University of Delaware.
George started his career teaching in Pennsylvania for his first year, and went on to teach Math at William Penn High School for 32 years. He then retired from teaching at St. Mark’s High School after 12 more years.
George coached Girls’ Basketball at William Penn High School, Wilmington College and St. Mark’s High School. He was competitive but fair! George believed in the fundamentals and playing the game the right way. He was well respected for his coaching style and beliefs; George believed in fair playing time and not running the score up. He loved to win and has many trophies, jackets and plaques to show his success. George’s greatest accomplishment was his 1993 girls’ basketball team winning the State Championship beating Padua and completing a perfect season with a 26-0 record! He got a license plate that said WP26-0, he was so proud!
Passionate about sports, George enjoyed coaching basketball, refereeing soccer, umpiring baseball, and following local high school sports. When he wasn’t participating in the game, he could often be found watching UD football, Atlanta Braves Baseball, Georgia Football or UNC Men’s Basketball. George was always wearing attire from one of his favorite teams. He loved going to Vegas during March Madness to watch and bet on the NCAA Basketball tournament. George had quite a knack for analyzing stats, picking games and figuring out spreads. He was often referred to as the “Guru!”
Outside of sports, George loved going to the beach, listening to oldies and pop music, traveling and enjoying his favorite local hot spots. In New Castle, you could find him at Portofino’s, The Doghouse and Buffalo Wild Wings, and in Bethany at Grotto’s, The Big Chill, The Bethany Diner and The Boathouse.
Above all, George was dedicated to his family. You could always count on him to be watching his children and grandchildren’s sports and activities. Regardless of how near or far, he never missed a game! He was our biggest fan!
George was a good man! He was a great father, husband, Poppy, teacher, coach, neighbor and friend. George was loyal, kind, fair, professional and had a heart of gold. He loved socializing and meeting people; he made friends wherever he went. George was a proud teacher and coach, and made a difference in his students and athletes’ lives. There is nothing he loved more than teaching and coaching. His goal was to challenge you to be the best you could be!
In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia S. Chellew; and stepfather, Robert P. Heisey. He is survived by his children, Thomas G. Chellew (Jennifer), Danielle C. Arabis (Christopher) and R. Brent Chellew (Shannon Harris); and his grandchildren, Christopher, Brendan, Jonathan, Lauren and Jackson.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9 am until 11 am on Monday, September 19, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a Celebration of Life will begin at 11 am. Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in George’s name to Cadia Healthcare Broadmeadow, Attn: Activities Department, 500 S. Broad Street, Middletown, DE 19709.