Harold Thomas George passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Oct. 31, 2013, at his home in Grass Valley. He was 93.
A celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 16, 2013, at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church Street, Grass Valley, Calif., where he was a lifelong member.
Born in Grass Valley on May 15, 1920, to Harold J. and Nell George in their home on Neal Street, Harold T. grew up attending local schools and graduated from Grass Valley High School in 1937. Harold treasured his family’s Cornish roots and music, singing in the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir, the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir, and playing clarinet in the Nevada County Concert Band and the Sierra Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1941, Harold enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and was stationed in Honolulu, where his musical talents were put to use in the officer’s club band. After the war, Harold completed his degree in music at the College of the Pacific, later adding a master’s degree in music from Sacramento State College.
He met his wife, Ruth Marie Blacklidge, when his sister Carol invited her home to a family Thanksgiving celebration. He was smitten and so was she. They were married on April 17, 1949. Harold enjoyed teaching instrumental music, driver’s education and history at Hennessy, Nevada Union Junior High and Nevada Union High School. He was very active in the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, where he served as a lay leader, sang in the choir and served wherever needed. Harold retired in 1981 and enjoyed being able to devote more time to family and his music.
Harold spent a lifetime investing in others. Family, students, friends and neighbors were all loved and encouraged by Harold and his wife Ruth. He lived simply, but richly.
Harold is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Ruth; sister, Carol Marie Guinn; children Wendy Weiss (Martin), Susan Metzger (Steven), Kerry Pisenti (Mike) and David George (Michelle von Engeln); grandchildren Adam Weiss (Rebecca), Grant Weiss (Gaia), Mark Weiss, Faith Alterton (Nathan), Hannah Fedorko (Charlie), Grace Contreras (David), Timothy Metzger, Charity Metzger, Joseph Pisenti and Christian Pisenti; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made in Harold’s honor to Interfaith Food Ministry or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.
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