George J. Deleau

George J. Deleau

The perpetual motion machine may have been his inspiration. Whatever it was, George Deleau, long-time Civil Engineer at Seattle City Light, had kept himself involved in a wide range of activities since retirement.

George retired as Manager of Facilities Design in 1989, after 34 years at City Light. He was a licensed Civil and Structural Engineer, with a flair for organization that led Mayor Norm Rice to appoint George to the Seattle Design Commission in March 1992. He served two terms as Commissioner, for a total of four years. Another appointment came, due to George's love of tennis that had him serve for several years as a member of the Seattle Sports Advisory Council acting as a principal tennis advocate. George was particularly active in the effort to develop an indoor tennis facility at Sand Point now part of Magnuson Park.

In 1989 George wanting to encourage the sport of tennis led him to found and organize a group of senior tennis players for weekly doubles matches at Seattle's Lower Woodland Park. He was particularly proud of starting this group which is still going on to this day every Friday afternoon.

George passed away Jan. 27th 2013. He leaves behind his wife Diandra, daughters Sandra (Francis), Leslie (David) and five grandchildren, Michael, Meaghan, Sean, Alex and Lydia.

Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3, 2013