George Leroy Beighley, 89, of Lower Burrell, passed away peacefully in his home on March 27, 2023. He was a fighter to the end. Born September 19, 1933 to the late Roy and Helen Beighley, in Washington Township, he grew up on “The Beighley Farm” in Camp JoAnn, so farming was in his blood. He loved talking about it, sharing his fruits of labor, and was always proud of his vegetable and flower gardens.
George loved to cook and came up with some wild concoctions, but his recipes were done his way, always with love. He also loved visiting the “Amish Country,” as he referred to it, and enjoyed taking friends and family to Smicksburg, showing off the sites and always buying fresh baked goods. For many years he would visit with family on his birthday, to eat and tour around his favorite country town.
He worked for the City of New Kensington in maintenance, and was a landscaper with Wise Nurseries, and on his own.
He leaves beside to mourn his passing his daughter, Sandra Beighley Weaver and her husband, Jack, three grandchildren, Krista, Ashley and Shawn, one step-granddaughter, Natalie; four great-grandchildren, Sienna, Liam, Shane and Macey; George’s best friend and caregiver, Michelle Hornemann, who took wonderful care of him and with whom he cherished many good times together, and for which our entire family is most grateful.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Rose and Mary Louise, and his sidekick, his precious dog CoCo.
Our family would also like to recognize and thank Suncrest Hospice, who cared for our George as if he were their own, referring to him as “quite a character.” George made them laugh, and gave them a run for their money. A special thanks to Chaplain Greg for helping dad transition into his next journey so peacefully. He was a very soothing visitor over the several weeks he visited, easing my days mind. Also, a special thanks to his visiting nurse, Jackie, you were superb to him, with such a caring heart. To Jen, your visits brightened his day, and those puppies were always a big hit! And to all that called and visited, too many to name, thank you from the bottom of my heart. My dad has now been peacefully reunited with his CoCo.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, from 2-5 PM in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. A Celebration of Life service will be held Wednesday at 4PM by Chaplain Greg, and others.
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