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George Walter Paris

August 29, 1941 - July 2, 2020

George Paris, 78, passed away peacefully in the loving presence of his family at his home in Glen Mills, PA, on July 2, 2020, after an extended illness. Born and raised in Delaware, George was the beloved son of the late Ralph M. and Anna May Paris born August 29, 1941.

George was married to Constance Blades Paris for 29 years, who predeceased him on December 23, 1991 after succumbing to cancer.  In addition to his parents and Connie, George was preceded in death by brothers Ralph W. (Bill) Paris, married to Theresa, and Robert A. Paris, married to Sally Ann.

George is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Kathleen Bocek Paris, having married on April 29, 1996; two children, Kristine, married to John Morris, Townsend, DE, and Stephen, married to Amy, Elkton, MD; two stepsons, Travis Tomb, married to Jennifer, Murrysville, PA, and Michael Tomb, married to Jaime, Downingtown, PA; four grandchildren, Ryan and Eric Morris, and Logan and Braden Paris; and 5 step-grandchildren, Sydney, Emma, and Dylan Tomb, and Theresa and Cooper Tomb. George also treasured his long and loving relationships with the Blades and Bocek families as well as with numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews in his extended family.

After graduating from Conrad High School in 1959, he began his employment at All American Engineering (ESCO). Consequently, George happily spent many years of his life working there and raising his family as a devoted father. Upon meeting Kathy, George relocated to Delaware County, PA, and eventually established residence in Glen Mills. He retired as the Director of Quality Assurance from the same company he had provided 40+ years of dedicated service. With the additional time that retirement provided, George especially enjoyed his Glen Mills community as the activities of the neighborhood afforded him the opportunity to make numerous friends throughout the 23 years he spent living there.

George would be the first to tell anyone and everyone how fortunate he was to have had a long and fulfilling life even though he suffered the personal tragedies of losing both of his brothers in their 29th year; Ralph, in a motor vehicle accident, and Robert, in the line of duty as a Delaware State Trooper, and his first wife; the mother of his children. George persevered and successfully rebuilt his life as he remarried and established a special bond with all of the members of his blended family.

In addition, George had many interests including golfing; traveling; dining out at favorite restaurants; bird watching; growing flowers; and viewing athletic events, with a special passion for baseball, football, and soccer teams that included his children and grandchildren. He relished his role as Pop-Pop and cherished spending time with his family, particularly at Disney World and on cruises, birthday parties, holidays, and other milestone events. George loved vacationing at the Jersey shore and did so at the Blades family home in Ocean City for the entirety of his adult life. Numerous loving memories were made during those times and George delighted in documenting them with photographs. George was known as a “Mr. Fix-it” and all of his neighbors, both in DE and PA, knew that George had a tool for every project.  As a result, he enjoyed researching any and all “gadgets” and learning the latest in technology. George, his iPhone, and Apple Watch became inseparable as he used them to communicate, record photographs, monitor his vital signs, and access numerous apps to operate just about everything even including the grass watering system. Those fortunate enough to spend time with George will especially miss his wit, sense of humor, trustworthiness, and desire to assist in any way that he could.

The family expresses gratitude to the numerous medical professionals for their care and continued support of George and his wellbeing throughout the years he dealt with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). A special thank you is extended to Connie’s sister, Sheila Warren, wife of John.  She was the main caregiver for Connie throughout her extended illness and end-of-life and was at George and Kathy’s home when he returned from the hospital to ensure his comfort as he passed.

Memorial contributions may be made in George’s honor to American Cancer Society. To donate by phone, call 1-800-227-2345, or access the website at cancer.org and click on the “Give in Honor or Memorial” icon in the upper righthand section.

The current coronavirus pandemic has created numerous challenges for families when dealing with the loss of a loved one in how to honor the death appropriately. This is especially true for George as he believed in the importance of showing his respect for his friends and families lives when lost and would never miss doing so.  However, these uncertain times make it impossible for the family to hold the service previously envisioned to honor George at this time. Relatives and friends are invited to form an automobile procession on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 between 10:15 and 10:30 AM at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home located at 1000 N DuPont Pkwy, New Castle, DE 19720. The car procession will travel to Gracelawn Memorial Park for an 11 AM graveside service in compliance with Covid-19 regulations. During a short service, the immediate family will utilize a canopy and the surrounding area.  Guests may join the outdoor service if wearing a mask and maintaining 6 feet of distance from others or remain in or near their cars. Due to the design of the cemetery roadway, all cars in the procession will enter and exit together.

A Celebration of Life in George’s honor will be held in the summer of 2021. Online condolences can be made by accessing https://spicermullikin.com/. Anyone wishing to be included in the Celebration of Life event can note this request in the online condolences section.

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24 Guestbook messages for George Walter Paris

  • Kathy, so sorry to hear about George. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    Love, Alex&Clara

  • Sending our love and prayer’s from Washington Sate.

  • Kathy and Family, May you find strength in each other during this difficult times, and share what has to be wonderful memories of George. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve. Love, Cindy Chastulik

  • Dear Kathy,
    My heart goes out to you and all of your children and grandchildren as you grieve the loss of George. He was a true gentleman and loved each of you so dearly. Lifting prayers of comfort for all of you.
    Fara

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great man. He will surely be missed. I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I’m am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all at this time❤️

  • George will be missed by so many for so many reasons.

    I will miss him arriving at our home and he knew I needed him to ‘fix’ something.

    His kindness will be missed .

  • Kathy
    Please accept my condolences. The life you and George built together is remarkable. There are no words of comfort I can give. But please know you are loved.

  • So sorry to hear of George’s passing. George was the best friend and neighbor a person could have. He was the first person to greet us when we moved into Eastburn Acres in 1970. He was there to lend a hand or loan a tool that you didn’t have. He and Connie were the best. We will keep him and his family in our prayers.

  • We are so very sorry to lose our dear friend and neighbor, George. He was always ready to help in any way possible. We will miss him so much. It is hard to imagine not seeing George working in his garage, talking to our mail person or the UPS driver. He seemed to know everyone and always had kind words and a sympathetic ear for all. He was definitely the “go to” person for any minor or major house problem we had. It was always better “call George”. RIP dear friend. We are so lucky to have called you friend..

  • Kristine and Stephen, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Please take comfort in knowing how much he loved you. You have my heartfelt sympathy. Kim

  • George was a good friend and great co-worker at All American and ESCO. He will be missed.

  • Please see the video that was just posted up on the website of our family with George.

  • One of the best parts of my life was being your neighbor and going on date nights with both of you. George I will miss you; Kathy I will always be your friend and there for you. Love, Carmela

  • Sad news, indeed. George, or Georgie as I knew called him back in the day, was a childhood friend. Although we lost touch many years ago, I have happy memories of the years we spent playing, riding bikes, etc. My sympathy and prayers to his lovely family. Rest in peace, Georgie.

  • Sending prayers to the family. We both were school mates with George from grade school to high school. Our sincere sympathy.

  • Rest in peace George. We will keep all of the special memories we shared close at heart. Kathy, we are here for whatever you need. Kristine and Stephen and families: we are so sorry for your loss. Your father/grandfather loved all of you so very much. He loved showing us the pictures after your trips together and tell us about the adventures.

  • My deepest condolences to Christine, Stephen and members of the Blades, Paris & Sewell families. George was a kind man with a great sense of humor. He will be missed by many. Love and prayers to all.❤️

  • Dear Kristine,Stephen and family,

    Larry and I were so sad to hear that your dad had passed. George was a remarkable man full of love and kindness and we were blessed to have had him in our lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Please know the memories of your dad will always be in your heart and hopefully brings you comfort on knowing the love he had for you. He will truly be missed by so many but never forgotten .

  • So sorry for your lost. He was a very special person.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. George will be truly missed by all who knew him. Sending my thoughts and prayers to your family.
    Laurie

  • I very much enjoyed the video, especially the pictures of young George as that’s how I remember him in our years at Conrad. The video and write-up show how much George was loved by his large family. Blessings to all of you and know that George must be very happy with the love that has been shown.

  • Dearest Kathy, I wish I had known George better but feel like I did through you. Your love for him through the years I’ve known you was palatable and I always loved hearing about your love story. My continued prayers for the days and months ahead. I’m here for you – love you!

  • Dear Cathy,
    I sadly just learned of George’s death. Please accept my sympathy.
    Besides being a great guy, your George was one of the best at helping to run a business.
    He volunteered for tasks that no one else wanted.
    At November reunions,, Susan and I made a point of being at George’s table. This is a clear indication as to what we thought of him.
    I hope that you and George’s children will find ways to carry on.

    Best regards, Ed (and Susan joins me.)