KILMARNOCK—George Frederick Haase of Kilmarnock passed away on October 9, 2022, at the age of 90.
Born March 31, 1932, in Baltimore, Md., to Louis and Amelia Haase, George spent his early years divided between Baltimore, Western Pa. and Chicago, Ill., as the family followed his father’s career with the B&O Railroad.
After high school, he earned his bachelor’s from Gettysburg College in Pa. Later he earned his M.Ed. degree from the College of William and Mary.
George met the love of his life, Beverly Jean Reber, while in Gettysburg. After graduation they married and moved to Danville. Eventually they moved to Williamsburg and then Yorktown, while working as an educator, counselor and coach with York County Public Schools for 35 years.
His family was his true joy. He was a caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his best friend and devoted wife, Beverly Jean Haase, of 66 years.
He is survived by two daughters, Denni Haase-Bushong (Steve) and Chris Haase Love (Jeems); five grandchildren, Matthew, Ethan and Taylor Bushong and Jessie Love Bristol (Clark) and Corbin Love (Hannah); two great granddaughters, Elise and Matilda Bristol.
George had a volunteer’s heart. Over the years he coached football, wrestling and summer youth swimming while teaching and raising his family. After retirement, they moved to Queens Creek in Mathews County. He joined the Mathews Rescue Squad and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, rising to flotilla commander of the Mathews area organization. Any free time was spent on the water. He loved to sail. He would be found on his beloved Chesapeake Bay anytime there were favorable winds.
They moved to Kilmarnock in later years, and he continued to volunteer with the RGH Auxiliary. In his final years, he became an avid reader of history and philosophy and loved a good discussion or political debate. He will be missed.
A memorial service will be planned at a future date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Virginia, 1328 Tappahannock Boulevard, Tappahannock, VA 22560; hospiceofvirginia.com, or the Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad, Cricket Hill Road, Hudgins, VA 23076.
Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.