Joseph R. George, Jr., 84 of Bristol, professor emeritus of history at Villanova University, died April 17th at Silver Creek Manor. The son of the late Joseph R. and Rose (Sousa) George, he was predeceased by six sisters: Mary Brinza, Rose Bento, Clara Vierra, and Margaret Belmore all of Bristol; Minnie Hughes of East Providence and Anna Colliton of Vernon, Connecticut and many nieces and nephews.
His funeral services were held April 22nd; from the George Lima Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Rev. Barry Gamache at St. Mary’s Church. Liturgical readings were by Mark Merritt and Carol Glanville who also read the Prayer of the Faithful. The offertory gifts were presented by Mary Cournoyer, Barbara Thornlimb and Rosemary Merritt. The eulogy was given by Geoffrey Avila. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Joseph Brinza, Steven Merritt, Kevin Merritt, Geoffrey Avila, Mark Merritt and Peter Bento. Memorial donations may be made to: Mary Brinza Fund, Newport Hospital, 11 Friendship St. Newport RI 02840. www.limafh.com