The Obit For George Estock

George John Estock Jr

Published in The News Journal from November 10 to November 11, 2010

Former Professional Baseball Player
George John Estock Sr., 86, formerly of Claymont, DE, passed away at home on Sunday, November 7, 2010. He was born in Stirling, NJ to the late John and Anna Estock and was a 1942 graduate of Harding High School.

George was a professional baseball player for 14 years and continued to stay involved in the sport he loved through umpiring and coaching. George pitched in the major leagues in 1951 for the Boston Braves with notable teammates Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain. He was a member of the original Wilmington Blue Rocks in 1944 and 1945 and played for several other minor league teams throughout his career. George's 22 wins in 1945 with the Blue Rocks is still a club record and an interstate league record. In 1988, he was inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame.

After 28 years of service, George retired from the DuPont Company as a supervisor at the Edgemoor location. Family and friends were extremely important to George. He enjoyed spending time at the Jersey shore fishing, crabbing and playing quoits. He also enjoyed horse racing, gardening and watching all sports activities. George enjoyed coaching baseball players from Little League to High School. He was respected and looked up to as a mentor.

In addition to his parents, George was predeceased by his brother, John and his sister, Ann Price. He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife of 62 years, Janet Mae; his sister Catherine Angermann; daughter Lisa Ruzowicz and her husband Tony of Garnet Valley, PA; 3 sons, George and his wife Bernice of Tampa, FL, David and his wife Lois of Hockessin, DE, and Jeffrey and his wife June of Wilmington, DE; 9 grandchildren, Sharon Ray, George Ryan, Kaitlin, Dustin, Tyler, Austin, Jason, Joshua and Jordan; and 3 great-grandchildren, Nathan, Olivia and Emily.

A viewing will be held from 6-8 pm, Thursday, November 11 at the McCrery Memorial Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Talleyville (Route 202, just south of Silverside Rd.), with additional, overflow parking available in the rear lot of the Brandywine Y.M.C.A. on Mt. Lebanon Rd. Words of remembrance will be shared at 9:45 am, Friday, November 12, followed at 10 am by the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Cornelius Catholic Church, 106 Ridge Rd., Chadds Ford, PA. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests honoring the memory of George Estock by sending a contribution to St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 13075 US Highway 1, Sebastian, FL 32958.

To send a message of condolence or to light a memorial candle, visit
www.mccreryfuneralhome.com
(302) 478-2204