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George Reid Cattermole

AGE: 75 • Wilmington, Delaware

George Cattermole, age 75, of Wilmington DE passed away Sunday, October 9, 2016 at Christiana Care of cardiovascular complications. His family was by his side.

George was born and raised in Denver, Colorado graduating from Regis Jesuit High School. He attended The University of Santa Clara for one year; and returned to Colorado to graduate from The University of Colorado with a degree in Psychology.

Upon graduation, George enlisted in The U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and served in the Aleutian Islands. In 1966 George joined DuPont as a salesman in The Explosives Dept., covering the southwest. He always said that was his favorite job. He was then transferred to manufacturing at The Potomac River Plant where he authored "The Blasters Handbook" which is still used today.

In 1977 The Cattermole family moved to Sydney Australia where George was promoted to President of DuPont Australia. Some of his fondest stories were about his adventures with the tough miners of Australia and New Guinea. In 1980 The Cattermoles moved to Wilmington, DE, where he was named Director of International Operations of The Freon Division and Director of Worldwide Marketing for Freon Products. George later ran DuPont's Inter-Department Marketing Committee and followed by leadership of DuPont's Corporate Marketing Program.

After retiring from DuPont in 1999, George joined the board of Outlast Technologies Inc., a Boulder, Colorado Technology company. He was named Chairman of the Board and shortly thereafter became President and CEO. In 2008 George was appointed Chairman of the board of Charles & Colvard Ltd., a publicly traded company based in Raleigh NC. George served a two-year term as President and CEO and led a successful corporate restructuring. George officially retired last year.

George was a talented athlete. In 2002 he was inducted into the Regis High School Hall of fame - Honorable Mention Best Athlete All-Time.

During his first year in college at Santa Clara University, George played two sports. In football, George was a cornerback and punt returner and he was a pitcher on the baseball team. George's most memorable game was his 4-1 victory over Stanford as a freshman. After transferring to The University of Colorado on the baseball team he was affectionately known as "Cannonball Cattermole". He was inducted into "The Living Legends" for the University of Colorado Buffaloes. George declined an opportunity to play professional baseball in order to pursue a career in business.

George is survived by his wife Lisa Olinger Cattermole, children Drake Cattermole and Ashley Cattermole Gillerlain; grandchildren Madison Elizabeth Gillerlain, Drake Zachary and Katrina Elizabeth Cattermole; son-in-law Paul Gillerlain; brother Paul S. Cattermole; sister Jean Cattermole Mihura; and many nieces and nephews.

George loved his family, golf, skiing, fly-fishing, margheritas and blue jeans. He loved to laugh, especially at his own jokes. And what a laugh! George's laugh was so infectious he could brighten a very large room. George loved people and could chat them up in a pub in Ireland or a mine in West Virginia. And they loved him back. George leaves so many friends who already miss that mischievous smile and incredible sense of humor.

In addition to his corporate boards George served community service organizations, including Red Clay Consolidated School, Wilmington Friends School, Trustee of the Marketing Science Institute, and Conference Board Marketing Group. He was a member of Wilmington Country Club and The Snowmass Club. George was also a member of the Arnold Bog Fish and Game Preserve in Canada.

There will be a private Memorial Service for immediate family. A celebration of George's life for family and friends will be held at the Wilmington Country Club on Tuesday, October 18th at 4:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to The Red Clay Education Foundation PO Box 1281 Hockessin, DE 19707.

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Published in The News Journal from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15, 2016
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