George Hawthorne

George Robert Hawthorne

Saturday, February 9th, 1952 - Tuesday, September 10th, 2019
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George R. Hawthorne, 67, passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Magnolia’s of Lancaster Memory Care Center with his devoted wife by his side, after a valiant 24 year fight with Parkinson’s Disease and more recently, Lewy Body Dementia.

George was a 1970 graduate of Newark High School. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and West Chester University with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

In 1974, George began his impressive career in the Delaware Department of Corrections as a Probation and Parole Officer. He steadily moved through the ranks to become the Director of Probation and Parole for the State of Delaware. In 1990 and again in 2002, he was named the Employee of the Year for the State of Delaware. After he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1995, he made the decision to transfer to the prison system and became the Deputy Warden of Gander Hill Prison, a 2000 bed prison in Wilmington, DE, a position that he loved.

George was an expert marksman, winning many awards and participating on several sharpshooting teams. He also loved playing golf and traveling with his wife throughout the world, his favorite trips being the many cruises they took together. His greatest joy was his family. He was an adored son, husband, father, brother, and grandfather. The time he spent with his family will always be cherished.

George was forced to retire in 2003 from the career he loved due to the progression of his Parkinson’s Disease. In 2013, George began to show symptoms of a very aggressive form of Dementia, Parkinson’s Dementia with Lewy Body. Much research has yet to be done about this devastating illness.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Daryl Willard Hawthorne, New Holland, his mother Elsie Hawthorne, Newark DE, his daughter, Mindy Fineberg, Talmage, and the joys of his life, his two granddaughters, Kyleigh and Ellison Fineberg, Talmage.

He is also survived by three brothers, Ed (Kathy) Haslet, TX, Jeffrey (Linda) Joliet, IL, Michael, Blacksburg, VA, and one sister, Nancy Wilson (Greg) Middletown, DE. George was predeceased by his father, Edward McCullum Hawthorne.

We would like to thank the staff of Magnolia’s of Lancaster for the wonderful care and love shown to George during his 7 ½ month stay with them. We are also very grateful to the nurses and staff at Grane Hospice for the comfort and care they provided all of us during the last 3 months of his life.

A celebration of his life will be held at Groff High Funeral Home, 145 W. Main St., New Holland, PA on Monday, September 16, with Chaplain Bryce Stone officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation at 10am, with a service to follow at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Team Magnolia’s of Lancaster Walk to End Alzheimers, or directly to the Alzheimer’s Association, so we can continue the fight to find a cure for the devastating disease of Dementia.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, September 16th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Monday, September 16th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Groff-High Funeral Home
    145 W. Main St.
    NEW HOLLAND, PA 17557
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  • Service

    Monday, September 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, September 16th, 2019 11:00am
    Groff-High Funeral Home
    145 W. Main St.
    NEW HOLLAND, PA 17557
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Bryce Stone
  • Interment

    Northwood Cemetery
    201 Uchlan Ave.
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Michael F Costello

Posted at 03:04pm
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Georges family. I had the pleasure of working for him when he first went to Gander Hill Prison. He was a terrific man and an even better leader. I am so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest condolences and I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Mike Costello
Major - Retired
Delaware DOC.

Philip Parker

Posted at 10:38am
I just wanted say God Bless to the Family. I worked for George when he was the Deputy Warden at Gander Hill. He was a good mentor to me and I had a great deal of respect for him. He was great inspiration to a lot of people.

Philip Parker
( Deputy Warden, James T. Vaughn Correctional Center)

Beth Burdette

Posted at 09:14am
What a honor to have worked for this wonderful man as his Administrative Assistant. His devotion to his family was wonderful and his devotion to his employees equal. May God comfort his family and friends and know George is in Perfection right where he belongs. What a great human being.

In Sympathy Beth (Figurelle) Burdette

Newark Volunteer Fire Department

Posted at 06:02pm
Our deepest sympathy from the Newark Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary.
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Carol Aarsand

Posted at 09:16am
Dear Daryl...I received word of George's death from my brothers. My reaction was like when I learned of his illness many years ago.....God bless him and his family I prayed.
Though we are unable to attend on Monday you are all in our thoughts . Rest and keep in mind that he is in the arms of Jesus. Celebrating his life and keeping his memory alive with your family will bring healing and strength.
With love, Carol, Marlin and Hallie

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