George M. (Big George) (Hecky) Hecksher, 78, of the Lester section of Tinicum Township, Pa., died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. He was born in Lester to George P. Hecksher and Marion D. (Horne) Hecksher.
He was the husband of the late Jeannette (Engel) Hecksher; they were married for 56 years. George worked in Westinghouse second shift as a turbine blader; he was also in the Westinghouse Fire Department. He also worked as a scrap metal recycler for many years. He lived in Lester, all of his life; he was very proud of his hometown. George was known by many for his involvement with the Lester and Essington fire departments, the Tinicum Towship Swim Club where he was in charge of the grounds committee for many years and helped with the corn boils. He also was known by most of the kids on Seneca Street for watching them and helping them have a safe place to play.
George always made a presence in the room, just by being him. He enjoyed making others laugh, crab feasts, fishing and his pet Twiddles. George loved dogs and owned many of them during his lifetime. George also was very active in the West End Boat Club; he enjoyed many people and functions there he followed it from Chester, Pa. to Essington, Pa.
George enjoyed Rehoboth Beach as his second home. He would often go to the Indian River Inlet to fish or watch people fish. He enjoyed many hours on the Boardwalk people watching. He loved going to many area restaurants and eateries. One of his favorite things to do was to talk to people about Rehoboth.
Suvivors include Anne Marie Eppler (Barry), Essington, George M. Hecksher Jr. Zebulon N.C., Mark A. Hecksher, Lester, Bryan P. Hecksher, Rehoboth Beach, and Christopher M. Hecksher (Jaime) Clifton Heights Pa. He was Pop Pop to Rick Serra, Ian Hecksher, Steven Hecksher, Nicole Davis, Erin Freeman and Delaney Hecksher. He has a great-grand daughter Julianna He is also survived by his brother Eddie (Angel Pie) Hecksher (Helen) of Woodstown N.J.
In lieu of flowers George wanted donations sent to The West End Boat Club, 500 West Second St., Essington, PA 19029.
His celebration of life service will be held Tuedsay, Dec. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. for the viewing, and the funeral service will be from 7 to 730 p.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church, 601 Seneca St. Essington.