Waterford - George B. Bishop Jr., 87, of Waterford, entered eternal life on April 8, 2012.
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He was born April 20, 1924, in New London, the son of the late George and Elsie (Jaegaer) Bishop Sr. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in July of 1942. A veteran of World War II, he served in the 25th Infantry Division and was honorably discharged at the rank of lieutenant.
He was united in marriage to the former R. Sally Drago on Jan. 15, 1955, in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church; Sally survives him.
He was employed in his family business, Bishop Studio on Main St., New London, for many years. Later he was self-employed in sales. He was life member of the VFW Murphy-Rathbun Post 189 in New London and past commander in 1951. He played a vital role raising funds for the VFW by producing and directing his first play, "Memories", in 1961. The production was so successful he later directed Memories for the New London Lodge of Elks, were he was a life member and in 1971 for St. Bernard High School. George was a member of the Knights of Columbus Seaside Council #17 and was a Fourth Degree Knight. A communicant of St. Paul Church in Waterford, he was an active parishioner who founded of the 1000 Club and was chairman of the arts & crafts flea market.
Besides his beloved Sally of 57 years of marriage, he is survive by three daughters, Joanne and husband, John Fisher, of Massachusetts, Carole Bishop and Anne Ogden, both of Waterford; and two grandchildren, Amy and Eric Ogden.
His family will receive relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today, April 10, at the Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave., New London. Family and friends asked to gather at 10 a.m. on Wednesday for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Paul Church, 170 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford. Entombment will be in St. Mary Cemetery Mausoleum with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Paul Church or a charity of donor's choice.
Published in The Day on April 10, 2012