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George L. Sharpless, Sr.

Obituary for George L. Sharpless, Sr.

October 12, 1948 - August 14, 2019
Paoli, Pennsylvania | Age 70

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Brother


George L., Sr., Age 70, of Paoli, PA, on August 14, 2019.

Survived by his beloved wife Linda D. (nee Traxler); his loving sons George S., Jr. and Benjamin M.; his cherished grandson Kaeden, and his adoring sister Elaine Robinson. Cherished brother of the late Raymond, Edward, Michael, Robert, Ronald, and John Sharpless. Precious son of the late Catherine L. (nee Williamson) and Raymond S. Sharpless.

George was a proud patriot, a skilled mechanic, an honorable businessman, a talented musician, a reliable friend and, above all, a dedicated family man.

George served his country as a member of the 196th Infantry Unit in Vietnam, where he was awarded a Purple Heart after being injured in combat. He was a peaceful man but fought bravely and selflessly for his brothers—and for the country he loved so deeply. He had great respect for the military, especially for those with whom he served.

After returning from Vietnam, George put his skills as a mechanic to work, opening Sharpless Equipment Service, where he specialized portable construction equipment repairs. He was widely known as the area's best 2-cycle engine repairman. He later worked supplying automotive parts for Mercedes-Benz at Carson-Petit in Devon and Wilmington Motorcars in Delaware. After leaving the automotive business, he worked with Liberty Tool Company of West Chester.

Outside of work, George spent time with his passion—music. Both a connoisseur and musician, music was his first love, and a constant in his life. He loved to check out the local live music scene and attended dozens of concerts by his favorite acts. Most of all, he loved to perform with his group, The Bad Habit Band, who played and performed in the Chester Country area for more than three decades—including their annual gig at the Malvern Christmas parade.

George was drawn to water and spent as much time as he could on or near it. Whether it was a fishing trip with his buddies, a casual boat cruise with his family or simply casting a line from the beach or a pier, George found peace and tranquility in the ocean. It's no wonder why he and Linda's favorite getaway spot was Key West, Florida.

Most of all, George loved and adored his family—his wife and life partner Linda, his sons George and Benjamin, his grandson Kaeden and his siblings. He always put his family first, and set an incredible example for his children about the meaning of family.

The country and the world have lost a great man. But his memory and his life will continue to on through the lasting impact he made on his family, his friends and his community.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Visitation on Friday, August 23th, ALL IN CHURCH, from 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM, at St. Patrick Church, 104 Channing Ave, Malvern, PA 19355. Funeral Mass to follow 11:00 AM. Interment Private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the following charitable organizations: OR

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