302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

George Lee Glass

George Lee Glass, 85, died October 13, 2020.

Longtime Wilmington resident George Lee Glass died at home after battling ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, for less than one year.

George was born in Fayetteville, West Virginia, the son of Charles Samuel Glass and Gertrude Ilene Pinson. He attended high school in Virginia before enlisting in the United States Army to serve in Korea. He achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class as a Paratrooper and Heavy Weapons Specialist.

George returned from service to live in Wilmington with his mother. While working at the Memorial Hospital he met Patricia Tompkins McKinley, an executive medical secretary, whom he married in 1959. They settled in Bellefonte to raise their three children.

George worked for the Bell System for 31 years in Wilmington, West Chester, and Philadelphia; first at Diamond State Telephone, then Bell of Pennsylvania, then Verizon. He was a volunteer with Junior Achievement of Delaware, an organization that fosters work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills to inspire students in the community to dream big and reach their potential. He was an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 99 continuing his service to the community as a much-needed adult role model providing an ideal learning environment for all youth. George also served as a town commissioner while living in Bellefonte.

As a younger man, George was an avid model airplane builder, spending countless hours designing, building, and flying with local friends. In 1972 he utilized the GI Bill to earn his private pilot’s license, flying recreationally. George and Patricia lived for 18 years in their home in Bellefonte before moving to Bellevue Manor in 1981 to continue raising their family. In his middle and later years, he enjoyed gardening and prided himself on his immaculate lawn, once the subject of a News Journal article on “Lawn Warriors”. They enjoyed traveling, making annual visits to their family in Virginia, West Virginia, California and Kansas, as well as to Mohonk Mountain House in upstate New York, a tradition begun by Patricia’s grandparents more than 100 years ago.

George’s retirement in 1989 allowed him to devote even more time to his hobbies. The home in Bellevue Manor has a full basement workshop where he enjoyed his passion for woodworking. Friends and family looked forward to the annual Christmas gifts of a “House of Glass Original”.

George was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church for over 60 years, serving in various capacities, including vestryman and usher.

George was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister, and nephew. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Patricia McKinley Glass; children, Carl (Pamela), Laura Glazar, and James (Amy); grandchildren, Jessica Greenaway (Nathan), Alexis Stenn (Kevin), Jason Booth, Melissa Glazar, David Glazar, Tyler Glass, and Allison Glass; and great-grandsons, Grayson Greenaway and Oliver Stenn. He is also survived by his niece, Linda Spencer, her children, Adam and Kori, and her grandson Carter.

Services will be private. Interment will be at Newark Union Cemetery, Wilmington. The family suggests contributions to Calvary Episcopal Church Hillcrest, Delaware Hospice, or a charity of your choice.

Funeral Services

Services will be private. Interment will be at Newark Union Cemetery, Wilmington. The family suggests contributions to Calvary Episcopal Church Hillcrest, Delaware Hospice, or a charity of your choice.


    Roberto Rizo lit a candle and writes,
    To the Glass family I am sorry for loss. I visited the Glass family home and his Lawn was Beautiful! he was a joy to meet and left me with an amazing first experience.
    10/14/2020 06:35 pm
    Barbara Whitmore writes,
    I am so sorry for your loss 😢 I will miss Cousin George, the phone calls & the jokes he would tell me. Love Cousin Barbara Whitmore
    10/14/2020 09:32 pm
    ALBERT HANKS & REBEKAH HANKS lit a candle and writes,
    10/16/2020 04:19 pm
    The Friday Family lit a candle and writes,
    We are thinking about you and praying for all of you. Much love.... The Fridays...
    10/16/2020 06:01 pm
    Jim and Carol Blackburn writes,
    Gone but never forgotten. Thanks to George for the memories and sharing his life with me. I'll miss the phone calls.
    10/16/2020 09:06 pm
    Ken and Roberta Clapp also Mark lit a candle and writes,
    we send out condolence to the Glass family. We have knew them for a long time. George will be missed. We send prayers for the family.
    10/16/2020 11:29 pm
    Cathy & Jim Morgan lit a candle and writes,
    So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers Our Deepest Sympathy
    10/17/2020 09:18 pm
    Liz Mason writes,
    George was very kind to me and my mother. He always greeted us as we walked by his house. Super nice guy. Remembering him fondly, Liz and Grace Mason
    10/18/2020 08:23 am
    Linda Spencer lit a candle and writes,
    I’ll deeply miss my Uncle George. Our telephone calls and sharing memories. And hearing his laughter, and all of his jokes. I loved hearing them. Uncle George, as my heart is breaking I know you are at peace. I love you...
    10/18/2020 08:08 pm
    PAULETTE SACHER lit a candle and writes,
    George did have a beautiful yard. I am so grateful to him for helping manicure my yard on a day my mower quit working. A simple kindness but in the spring after my Husband Joe died this really touched my heart. Of course his visits bringing soup and wood creations and jokes were always welcomed during the time that Joe was sick. Wonderful neighbors are a gift from God to be sure!
    10/19/2020 10:33 am
    Wilmer Hunter writes,
    I will miss you George as I remember the Army stories we used to tell each other and the time we took a church youth group to Haiti to help an Episcopal Church by doing a lot of fix up work. I will miss the emails we shared and the times we went to the VFW for a beer and talk. May you Rest In Peace my dear friend. You will be missed by many.
    10/19/2020 08:59 pm

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