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GEORGE HENRY BISHOP
May 1, 1947 – November 28, 2021
George passed away peacefully on November 28, 2021 at the Yountville Veterans Home in Napa, California. He was born May 1, 1947, in Pittsburgh, PA to the late William Raymond, Sr. and Alberta Bernadette Bishop. George was the oldest of 10 children, his brothers, the late William Raymond, Jr., late Thomas Patrick, and late Baby John who preceded him in death.
George is survived by his brothers Daniel Francis and wife Kathy, John Paul, James Joseph (who misses his late wife Joanie), Robert Michael and wife Nancy; his sisters Maryann Aarseth and Judith Ann Bishop; and, many nieces and nephews. George will be greatly missed by both family and friends.
George grew up in the South Side and Allentown areas of Pittsburgh. He attended catholic schools and upon graduation from St. George High School in 1964, he attended college to study drafting at the Engineering Institute of Pittsburgh. He studied Drafting and Building Design for Construction until he was drafted in September 1967. He served in the US Army and completed basic training at Fort Dix near New Jersey. George was deployed to Vietnam and served two years; the first in Infantry, and then to air support has a gunner on a Chinook and UH-1 Iroquois HUEY helicopters. George was stationed in England for a short time, where he purchased a Triumph sports car and shipped it home. George was Honorably Discharged in September 1973 and returned to Pittsburg.
Along with Vick Brown, his buddy from Vietnam, he then drove his yellow Triumph sports car to California in the spring of 1970. (They were reported to be like brothers). They drove to the Folsom and Orangevale areas of California, which is 25 miles east of Sacramento. Vick Brown had lived with his family in Orangevale before joining the Army.
George stayed with the Brown’s for a while until he got his own place in the area. George lived in area until February 2020, when he moved to the Yountville Veterans Home in Napa, California where he lived there until his death.
George worked for many different construction firms, and the Army Corp of Engineer as a draftsman. One of the projects he worked on was the Auburn Dam Project until the Lake Oroville 5.7 magnitude earthquake, which ultimately aborted the construction of the project. George also worked for the Tecon Pacific Construction firm for over 15 years. He drafted and designed concrete walls for shopping malls and concrete barriers for California freeways. The construction boom slowed down in the late eighties and early nineties. George went back to college for few years and received a degree in AutoCAD (Computer Assisted Drafting) and a miner in Film Making and Photography.
Upon completion of his college degrees, he was able to obtain employment with an independent construction firm who received the contracts for updating and designing different projects for the State of California. One of the projects was with the Department of Corrections: a Prisons Roofing Project in many of the older prisons, including Folsom, Jamestown, and Solano. His family remembers the time George and his boss came to Folsom Prison to get some measurements. As they were being escorted around the prison to the different areas; they both, along with the escort staff got lock in the Kitchen’s spud yard, which adjacent to the Main Yard. While waiting to be released, for a moment, George thought he might have to stay and peel baskets of potatoes!
George was a very creative an artistic person, who enjoyed taking photographs and making films in his spare time. He loved to travel when he could. He will be forever missed by his family, friends and by all who knew him.
George requested to be cremated and buried on top of his grandfather’s grave in Pittsburgh, Pa. The burial will take place sometime in the spring 2022.
Condolences and remarks can be given on the Conneely Family Cremation & Funeral Services website, 9074 Brooks Road South, Windsor, CA 95492, Phone (707) 838-8883.