George L. Anderson, 86, of West Grove

George L. Anderson, 86, of West Grove, died Tuesday, May 10, after a sudden three-week decline. George was the husband of Barbara Massey Anderson, who died in 2007, a few months after celebrating their 50th anniversary.

George L. Anderson

George was born in West Chester, the son of the late Lawrence Anderson and Frances Anderson Crossan. At age 6 he joined his older twin brothers at Girard College, a boarding school in Philadelphia for fatherless boys, and received his early education graduating in 1953. He then attended Goldey Beacom College and received a degree in business. In 1956, George went to work as an accountant at the DuPont Company in downtown Wilmington and retired after 36 years. He then worked locally for the US Post Office for a while followed by several years of driving a school van for the DuVall Bus Company. George fully retired when he was in his mid-70s.

Dad loved to travel with mom and play pinochle and dominoes. He read the newspaper daily, every word, from front to back. Dad was always up for a quick (sometimes not so quick) trip to a casino, with Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut being his favorite.  The Phillies and Eagles have lost an avid fan.

George always lived in and loved the town of West Grove. He was a borough councilman for 12 years in the 70s and 80s. The family attended the West Grove Methodist Church where George served on various committees, but his true dedication and commitment were to the West Grove Volunteer Fire Co. He joined the fire company at age 17. He was an active firefighter and answered hundreds of ambulance calls with his wife Barbara. George served as president in 1974, 1975, 1985, vice president in 1981, and was the secretary from 1969 to 1973. He was the department treasurer for a total of 20 years in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Dad’s last service until just a few years ago was a daily visit to the station to drop off and sort the mail. He enjoyed every day of his fire company life.

George is survived by son Donald Anderson and Fred Phillips of Paradise, daughter Donna Shaub and husband Tim of West Grove, and daughter Sharon Camp and husband Trent of Hockessin. Pop Pop was very proud of and enjoyed time spent with grandchildren Jessica Shaub Jones, Rebecca, and Phil Miranda, Lauren and Bryce Gates, Anderson and Annabelle Camp, and great-grandchildren who made him very happy, Owen Massey Jones, Sloane Miranda, and newborn Paige Miranda who he did not get to meet in person but saw her in lots of pictures. Great-grandson Baby Boy Gates is due to arrive in July.

George’s twin sister Judy Peters (the late Jerry) lives in St Augustine FL, brother Robert and wife Carol The Woodlands TX, and sister-in-law Ruth Anderson Kennett Square Pa.  He was Uncle George to three generations of nieces and nephews.

In addition to Barbara and his parents, George was predeceased by father and mother-in-law Sumner and Dorothy Massey, brother John on May 10, 2021, great-grandson Finn Miranda, and his “other son” Peter Grossweiler.

We love you Dad. You will be missed by your family, your fire company family, your many friends, and the community.

A memorial service for George Anderson will be held at Foulk Funeral Home at 200 Rosehill Road in West Grove on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. A time of visitation with the family will begin at 5 p.m.

Memorial donations can be made to West Grove Fire Company at P.O. Box 201, West Grove PA, 19390.

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