|George J. Dean|
|May 25, 1945 - September 07, 2010|
|Rock Island, Illinois|
|Memorial Service: 4:30 p.m. Saturday September 25, 2010 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Visitation: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday September 25, 2010 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Interment: Private , at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island, Ill. |
|George J. Dean, 65, of Rock Island, passed away September 7, of pancreatic cancer.|
Visitation will be 3:30 to 4:30 pm on Saturday, September 25, at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, with memorial services immediately following. Memorials may be made to Oaks of Mamre Catholic Worker, PO Box 4618, Davenport, IA 52802 or to Trinity Pathway Hospice.
George was born May 25, 1945 in Hammond, Ind., to James and Marie (Connelly) Dean.
George worked for 40 years at Servus Rubber Co., retiring in January due to illness. He volunteered for years at the Davenport Catholic Worker House. He was especially proud of his Irish heritage and celebrated by wearing a kilt on St. Patrick’s Day. George loved his Boston Terriers.
George leaves many friends including his special friend, Janis Shippey; his adopted families, the Otten’s and Lagomarcino’s; and his “kids”, David, Daniel, Elissa and Katie Otten.
George was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and a sister.
George’s friends would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Rock Island Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and to Trinity Pathway Hospice, Dr. Spector and Dr. Stoffel and their staffs.
Our sincere sympathies to George's family especially his children. He was much too young! Nancy is my first cousin and I remember how handsome a couple they were. Our hope is that good memories will give you comfort and ease your grief.
-- Tom and Suzanne (DeSmet). MacCall
I knew George while a student at Rock Island High School. I am sorry to hear of his passing.
-- Steve Edwards
When I needed an example of pure love and the Christian way, I looked to you. Don't blush George, 'tis true. God bless your lovely family.
-- John Dodd
I first met George when I went to work at Servus Rubber in about 1973. It turned out that he knew a lot of the same folks I did because he had grown up with them - guys like Joe Smith, Pat Logan and John Sutherland to mention three of the best.
George was a great soul. Not had a great soul, he was a great soul - filled with compassion, wit both gentle and delightfully wicked (never spiteful however). He could gossip with the best, had wonderful stories, told you what he thought and left it to you work out how to deal with it, generous with his time, money and care.
We will all miss him and we will be telling stories about him for as long as we can. In these stories we will remember him.
-- Randy Richards
I met George while I was a nun. I was running a booth for some type of celebration at St. Joseph's Parish in Rock Island. George, Terry, Mike Moore and others introduced themselves. Not long after we were working together with one of the parish priests to help young men (who did not want to kill others) stay out of war.
I was only in Rock Island for one year, but our friendship continues throughout these years. George always sent me a Christmas card, a birthday card, and a St. Patrick's Day card.
I always considered George to be a living Christian. He practiced the corporal works of mercy. He opened my eyes to the fact that Jesus Christ was in every man. He changed my way of looking at the world. For this I will always be grateful.
-- Eileen Crowley
How necessary it is to cultivate a spirit of joy. It is a psychological truth that the physical acts of reverence and devotion make one feel devout. The courteous gesture increases one's respect for others. To act lovingly is to begin to feel loving, and certainly to act joyfully brings joy to others which in turn makes one feel joyful. I believe we are called to the duty of delight.
Dorothy Day, co-founder of The Catholic Worker
-- tom merrigan