Paul A. "Bob" Geary Jr., 73, of Chadds Ford, died peacefully Sunday, March 5. Beloved husband of 52 years of Ann Marie Geary (nee ColDepietro), devoted father of Paul III (Kathryn), Sean (Akemi), Ann Marie Pinola (Richard), Brenda Geary-Deitz (Tom), Janice Prodoehl (John) and Brendan (Jasmine); dear brother of Mark Geary and Monica Simpson; also survived by 12 grandchildren.
Paul was born in Monroe, La., on August 5, 1943, son of the late Paul and Monica Geary (nee McKernan). He spent most of his life residing in Media and Chadds Ford. Paul attended Nativity BVM Grade School, St. James High School and then went on to college at the University of Notre Dame. Upon graduation, Paul married the love of his life, Ann Marie. Together, they raised six children and have been blessed with 12 grandchildren.
Paul's career began with McKesson Chemical Company shortly after he graduated college. He later moved to East Falls Chemical Corporation. After the sale of East Falls, Paul and his son Sean founded GWR Medical, Inc. in 1996. Together they pioneered Topical Oxygen Therapy to help treat individuals suffering from open wounds and burns around the world.
Outside of work, Paul dedicated endless hours to charities and organizations. Perhaps his greatest passion was giving back to the University of Notre Dame. He sat on the National Alumni Board of Directors for the University and served as President of the Notre Dame Club of Philadelphia. He and his wife, Ann Marie, hosted 13 years of send-off gatherings at their home for newly accepted Notre Dame freshman class members as an avenue for new students to meet one another.
Paul enjoyed family life and being a great dad. He was active in all his children's lives, coaching sports at youth levels and supporting them at all their high school functions. Paul loved celebrating the holidays with his children and grandchildren each year at his home. St. Patrick's Day held a special place in his heart, as he hosted the annual "best leprechaun" costume contest each year for his grandchildren.
An avid fly fisherman, Paul enjoyed traveling the country and fishing in Montana, Yellowstone and Upstate New York. He shared his passion with his children and grandchildren, taking them on fishing adventures. Paul also shared in countless trips to his beloved Ireland, traveling the countryside and enjoying a pint with his sons and any stranger he could strike up a conversation with at the local pub.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Thursday, March 9, 6-9 p.m. The Donohue Funeral Home, 1627 West Chester Pike (cor. Hilltop Road), West Chester, PA and Friday, March 10, 8:30-9:45 a.m. at St. Cornelius Church, 160 Ridge Road, Chadds Ford (https://livestream.com/saintcornelius), followed by his funeral mass at 10 a.m. Interment SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made in Paul's memory by mail to Penn Medicine Development, Liver Disease Research Fund, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Include Paul's name in the memo or note with your gift and make checks payable to "Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania."