GEORGE, DANIEL

Daniel P. George HOPEWELL Daniel P. George, former chief of the Trenton Fire Department, passed away Sept. 13, 2017, in the Capital Health Medical Center, Hopewell. His loving children were with him. Dan was 90-years-old. Born on April 4, 1927, Dan was the son of the late Daniel P. George Sr. and his wife, Catharine McIntyre George. He had one sibling, an older sister, the late Marion George Fugill. Dan was happily married for 41 years to the late Barbara Guilfoyle of Trenton. She died in 1994. He is survived by their three children and their spouses, Kimberley George McClain and her husband, Patrick, of Bordentown, Daniel T. George and his wife, Eileen, of Lawrenceville, and Casey George and his wife, Lori, of Wilmington, NC. Also surviving Dan are his and Barbara’s 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his niece, Marion Fugill, of Hamilton. Ever a creator of names for other people, Dan sometimes chose his own. He was known as Grandpop Dunk to his grandchildren. In 1999, Dan married Betty Holland whose five grown children, Cynthia, Elise, Chris and his wife, Lydia, Tim and Matt, and later, as they married, their spouses, warmly welcomed Dan into their lives. Dan was known affectionately as One-Step by his nine honorary step-grandchildren, a name he created when asked what he wished to be called on the arrival of the first step-grandchild. Born and raised in Trenton, Dan and Barbara moved to Columbus on his retirement. He resided there for 23 years. He was a resident of Hopewell for the past two years. Dan left high school at 17 to enlist in the Navy, intent on being in service to his country in World War II. His enlistment at that age required his father’s written permission. Trained as a signal man, he served in that capacity aboard the escort carrier USS Kula Gulf CVE-108 in the Pacific Theatre. He was aboard ship in Honolulu, Hawaii, where the fleet was preparing for the planned invasion of Japan when, on Aug. 16, 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced Japan’s unconditional surrender. On signal duty that day, Dan recorded that message as he received it from another ship. His copy of the recording is still in Dan’s possession. Dan served until his honorable discharge in July 1946. After discharge, he completed his high school work, graduating from Trenton Central High School. He continued to identify with the class of 1945, which would have been his graduation year had he not left school. He attended reunions and was part of the planning committee. Dan joined the Trenton Fire Department in 1950. During his career, he was the youngest captain, the youngest battalion chief, and the youngest deputy chief of the department. That series of successes was culminated in his appointment by the late Mayor Arthur Holland as the youngest chief in 1971. His service ended on his birthday, April 4, 1992, when he became 65 and the Fire Department coincidentally celebrated its 100th anniversary, an event marked by a full parade. It proved providential that Dan had become the department’s chief. Dan was the longest serving chief with almost 22 years. His service to the department lasted 42 years. Dan was a happy man. He loved to sing, whistle, and laugh. He was accomplished at all three. At a young age, about five, he sang on the radio from the Stacy Trent Hotel Ballroom which was on West State Street near the State Capitol. The program of youngsters, who needed to audition and rehearse for their appearance, was carried over a local radio station and occurred weekly on Sunday morning. Coached by his older sister Marion, Dan’s signature song was “Walking My Baby Back Home.” Dan’s career lasted a couple of years. He could describe standing on a chair and facing the large circular microphone, then in use, which he sang into. There was always an audience present. Dan loved history, especially military history. He visited several European battlefields of the first and second World Wars. He was always fascinated by the Battle of Verdun. He was a Civil War buff, read extensively about the War and its battles, and visited many of the war’s battlefields. He supported the Civil War Trust, which saved and preserved Civil War battlefields threatened with development. He was a lifetime member of Garfield Camp No. 4 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and a retired officer of that Camp. He was instrumental in the early development of the Civil War Museum, originally housed in the original fire headquarters on Perry Street, Trenton, now included in the museum at the 112th Artillery Regiment on Eggert’s Crossing Road Armory, Lawrenceville. Dan became an active member of the 112th Field Artillery and a volunteer at the museum on retirement. He also was a regular supporter of the U.S. Naval Memorial in Washington, DC, and the U.S.O. among other veteran and civic groups. Baptized at St. Francis Church, then on Front Street., Dan became a member of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Trenton as a young man. He and Barbara were married there. Dan served as an usher for many decades. Funeral service will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. from Kingston & Kemp Funeral Home, 260 White Horse Ave., Hamilton (www.KingstonandKemp.com). Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 343 S. Broad St., Trenton, NJ 08608. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, 1800 Hamilton Ave., Hamilton. Relatives and friends may call on Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dan’s honor to Sacred Heart Church, 343 S. Broad St., Trenton, NJ 08608, The Civil War Preservation Trust, P.O Box 17686, Baltimore, MD 21297 (www.civilwar.org) or to a . Kingston & Kemp Funeral Home 260 White Horse Ave. Hamilton, NJ 08610 (609) 585-7321

Kingston & Kemp Funeral Home Inc
260 White Horse Ave
Hamilton, NJ 08610
(609) 585-7321

Published in The Times, Trenton, on Sept. 15, 2017

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