STEELE, GEORGE ROBERT
George Robert Steele, 90, of Stone Harbor, NJ, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2016, surrounded by family. George was born and raised in Upper Montclair, NJ, son of Wesley and Edith Raymond Steele, and was the youngest of six children. He resided for 43 years in Yardley, PA where he raised his family, and then he retired with his wife Joyce for another 14 years at the shore in Stone Harbor, NJ. While in Yardley, he was a deacon at the Morrisville Presbyterian Church and a member of the Morrisville Historic Society. In Stone Harbor, he was an active member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, the American Legion, and the Seven Mile Singers. George was a Navy veteran of WWII and went to college on the GI Bill. He graduated from Rutgers University, where he was a member of the DKE fraternity, and then taught English and Science for two years at The Green Vale School in Old Brookville, NY, before leaving to join New Jersey Bell Telephone Company (later Verizon), where he was a management supervisor for 35 years. George and his wife pursued an interest in antiques for 15 years, and, after retirement from Verizon, he was deputized to assist his wife for 12 years when she was elected Lower Makefield Township Tax Collector. George is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joyce (Kayser) Steele, whom he met when they were both in college; by his seven children, Julia Steele of Colonial Heights, VA; Susan Steele and husband Robert Murphy of Olympia, WA; James Steele and wife Amy of Park City, UT; Scott Steele and wife Un of Burke, VA; Allison York and husband James York of Fulton, MD; Douglas Steele and wife Rachel Simon of Glen Ridge, NJ; and Jeffrey Steele and wife Elizabeth of Yardley, PA; and by his brother Richard Steele of Stratford, CT. He will be missed by his 16 grandchildren; Lauren, Brent, Sarah, Hayley, Anne, Andrew, Charles, William, Matthew, Bryan, Olivia, Savannah, Wesley, James, Sienna, and Katherine; and by his great granddaughter, Skye. George was most devoted to his family, and he enjoyed his many friends, reading, bridge, and travel. A memorial service will be held at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Stone Harbor, NJ on April 22, 2017. Internment will be private at Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Upper Montclair, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Stone Harbor, NJ or to the Wetlands Institute, also in Stone Harbor, NJ.