George Joseph Vaerewyck

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George Joseph Vaerewyck was born Feb. 28, 1949 in Mis- hawaka, Indiana to Elsie and Alfons Vaerewyck. George was baptized, confirmed and married at St. Bavol's Catholic Church in - Mishawaka, Indiana. Graduated Mishawaka High School in 1967. George was a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in Business. He was a Certified Public Accountant and active in many civic organizations. He was instrumental in starting the Catholic Community Church in The Colony, Texas in the late 70's. He was coach of many of his children's little league teams and served many roles in both The Colony Band Booster Club in Texas and the Desert Vista Band Booster club in Phoenix; including Treasurer & President. George J. Vaerewyck was an Executive Vice President/ Chief Financial Officer for SunAmerica Securities, Inc. and began working for the company in 1984. He relocated to Phoenix in 1993. Prior to joining SunAmerica Securities, George was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Southmark Financial Service, Inc. in Dallas, Texas where he was responsible for all financial operations and technology areas. Prior to this George was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Instacom Inc. & started his career at The Associates Group. Those that worked with him have stated that his warm personality and positive outlook impacted the entire organization. They have said of him that he had a tremendous capacity to be all things to all people and that he stayed closely involved with nearly every aspect of their organization. It is true that George Vaerewyck was a man of great integrity and honesty. His leadership was such a fine example to all that knew him, and colleagues respected him for this. As strong as his dedication to his work, greater was his love for his family and friends. He did not measure his success by material things but by his ability to provide for his wife and family. His love for his wife and children was so apparent in the way he took such good care of each and every one of them. He was their hero and they were his everything. There was nothing that made his eyes sparkle more than watching his family. He cherished his family dearly; his love for us is
immeasurable. He was a loving husband and devoted father. He was a husband, father teacher, coach, mentor, advisor, friend, and a "Dad" to all his children's friends. He meant so much to so many. George was a blessing to others. He was a man with a big heart and a gift of giving, ministering by example in giving so freely and asking nothing in return. George was always honest, compassionate, generous, and supportive of everyone around him, always thinking of others before himself. He was the ultimate problem solver and could fix just about anything. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, playing cards and being the 'skipper' of his boat. Making breakfast, chocolate shakes, & grilling hamburgers were among his favorite things to do for his family. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed attending ball games with his sons. He was looking forward to the upcoming wedding of his daughter, Julie and being a Grandpa to his young grandchildren. George loved life and, most of all he loved sharing his life with those that were most important to him. Above all Remember George with a smile on his face, arms open wide, and taking care of everyone he loves. He considered every day a gift from God. He is survived by his wife Linda of 32 years, daughters: Amy Josephine Parra (David), Juli-anne Marie Vaerewyck (Fiance, Joe Tubolino), sons: Christopher George Vaere-wyck (Jennifer) & Nicholas Anthony Vaerewyck, mother -in-law, Lillian Jean Jewell, brother, Ron Vaerewyck, grandchildren: Abigail Kate Vaerewyck (4), Maggie Elise Parra (3), Matthew Abraham Parra (1 month), & Aunt, Sally DeNeve. Viewing: Thursday, 5/22, 5-8pm, with 7pm Vigil, Lakeshore Mortuary Chapel, 1815 S. Dobson, Mesa. Funeral Mass, Friday, 5/23, 1pm, St. Timothy's Catholic Community, 1730 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa.
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 22, 2003