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Hugh A. George II

Hugh A. George II of Newark, Delaware passed away on October 26, 2015 after a long illness. He is predeceased by his devoted wife of 61 years, Ruth Friday George as well as his sister, Virginia Richardson, and his grandson, Bruce Green, Jr. (BJ). He is survived by his beloved children, Carol McDowell (George), Bruce Green (Pam), Hugh George, Jr. (Martha Brown), and Karen Goldstein (Mark). "Pop Pop" is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, John McDowell (Nicole), Sarah Mester (John), Margaret (Meg) Green, Jennifer George, Jessica Fulwider (Dan), Christopher George, Thomas Goldstein (Elizabeth Smith), Laura Rais-Bahrami (Soroush), and Katherine Goldstein, as well as seven precious great-grandchildren, Patrick Rais-Bahrami, Emma Rais-Bahrami, Christopher Rais-Bahrami, Andrew Mester, Lucas Mester, Austin Fulwider and Dylan Fulwider.

Hugh was a graduate of P. S. DuPont High School and later enrolled at the University of Delaware. His college education paused when he answered the call of duty to his country and volunteered for the U.S. Army, training first as a meteorologist and later becoming a Jeep driver. As part of the 12th Armored Division, he was deployed in France in late 1944 and served through the end of the war, including participating in the liberation of the Kaufering Concentration Camp in Germany. Experiencing these horrors shaped his life and values in profound ways. On the one hand, he was remarkably able to set aside any battle-hardened prejudices, seeing the humanity in even former enemies and developing a love of German-speaking Europe and especially Vienna. On the other hand, his honorable service and harrowing experiences in war left him with a deep sense of the importance of duty, sacrifice, and kindness that he carried with him throughout his life.

At the conclusion of the war he attended the G. I. University in Biarritz, France and the Sorbonne in Paris. He received a B. S. in Economics from the University of Delaware in 1947, and an M. A. from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in 1949. He was also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.

Hugh began his banking career as a mail clerk in the Trust Investments Department of the Security Trust Company, an early component of the Bank of Delaware. He was a driving force behind the Common Wealth Awards, given annually by what later became PNC Bank. Mr. George was an advisor to the Champlin Foundation, which resulted in grants to charitable organizations in the state of Rhode Island. He was declared an Honorary Citizen of the State of Rhode Island in 2003. Hugh retired as executive vice president and director of corporate planning and market research. Following his retirement from the bank, Hugh served as a consultant for MCI as well as Director on the board of the Commercial Chemical Corporation for nineteen years.

In addition to an active and successful business career, Mr. George contributed his energies and talents to many community and professional organizations. He was president of the Board of Directors of Lutheran Senior Services, past president of the Church Council of St. Philip's Lutheran Church and the Financial Analysts of Wilmington. He was also a member of the Rotary Club of Wilmington, a member of the Board of Trustees for The Independence School, and an active volunteer with Christiana Hospital. Hugh was also one of the early members of St. Philip's Lutheran Church and proudly participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new sanctuary on April 26, 2015.

Hugh was greatly loved and respected by many people, yet lived his life with great humility. He was an extraordinarily curious man, and avidly discussed politics, science, and current events with knowledge and clarity up until his final days. He leaves a legacy of selfless devotion to his family, faith and friends. Even at the worst of his illness, his thoughts were first and foremost about the wellbeing of those he was leaving behind. He is also remembered for his many pearls of wisdom, known as "Pop Pop'isms", which already live on through multiple generations, as well his example of dignity, compassion and grace.

A memorial service will be held in Hugh's honor at St. Philip's Lutheran Church, 4501 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, Delaware 19808 at 1:00 PM on November 20, 2015. The family would like to thank Dr. Stuart Felzer for his care and concern for Hugh over the past 30 years, the nursing staff at Christiana Hospital for their excellent care, Hugh's extended family of residents and staff at Millcroft Senior Living, and Mr. Richard Menkiewicz for his unfailing support, counsel and diplomacy. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to St. Philip's Lutheran Church, 4501 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, Delaware 19808.

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Published in The News Journal on Nov. 15, 2015
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