Goodbye, George

George Eccles died at age 84 last week. A loyal SUN member, he and his wife Kay came to our Southside meetings since we organized neighbors 15 years ago to fight off the conversion of the old Enrico’s restaurant building into a convenience store/bar.

George was a relatively quiet and private man, often sneaking out of our meetings to have a smoke, yet his demeanor masked a fierce devotion to his family and neighborhood. In an age where people move out of their hometowns, change jobs every few years and families scatter to the winds, George was a throwback. Aside for the time he spent in the Navy during WWII, George was born, lived and died in the same Southside house. George worked for one employer for 40 years and then spent his retirement immersed in the lives of his children and grandkids.

Our neighborhood is a little less stable this week, we’ve lost an anchor.

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