George J. Lahey, Jr., 79, of Troutman, North Carolina passed away on September 17, 2023.
George was born in New York City on June 13, 1944 to the late George J. Lahey, Sr. and Dorthea Grace Thierer.
When George was young, he and his family moved to Highlands, NJ where George was raised. Growing up, George spent most of his free time with his friends outdoors and developed a strong attraction to being out on the waters of the Navesink River and Atlantic Ocean. Starting out with row boats, and graduating to small skiffs with outboards, it is no surprise that George continued his love of boating through his adult life and into his final days.
After high school, George attended Monmouth University for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy (active duty) as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate (jet mechanic). During this time, George worked on the F-8 Crusader (fighter jet) and A-4 Skyhawk (attack aircraft) at several Navy/Air Force bases, including Andrew’s Air Force Base, home of Air Force One. During his tenure in the Navy, George achieved the rank of Second Class Petty Officer.
Following the Navy, George went back to finish his undergraduate degree at Monmouth University and continued on to receive a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).
After graduating, George worked for a small handful of companies before joining the Hearst Corporation in 1980 where he worked for 25 years. During this time, George met the love of his life Felecia and had two sons, Bryan and Matthew. After retiring from Hearst, George worked for a Tax and Accounting firm until his final days.
Despite his long working career, George was most focused on his family and never missed a single event/milestone in his wife’s or sons’ lives. He was a loving husband, devoted father and role model to his two sons. George was never short of a story amongst company and had a special sense of humor that could light up a room. Despite declining health in his later years, George never let anything get in his way of spending time with his friends and family, and he will truly be missed by those his life has touched.
He is survived by his wife Felecia Lahey; two sons, Matthew Lahey and Bryan Lahey and wife, Camille; and sisters, Noreen Billet, and Marybeth Joyce.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, September 29, 2023 at St. Philip The Apostle Catholic Church.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Friday, September 29, 2023 at Fusion Bowl Bistro, 126 Mooresville Commons Way, Mooresville, NC 28117.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County https://apps.hoic.org/donate-now.
Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home is caring for the Lahey family. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.KepnerFH.com.