George K. Degnon, man of faith

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George K. Degnon, 82, of McLean, Va., died Sunday, October 9, 2022, after a valiant 11-year battle with metastatic prostate cancer. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on August 2, 1940 in Jersey City, NJ, where he grew up and went to school. George spent three years with Trinity Missions in Alabama, studying to be a priest, before deciding he would serve otherwise. He then attended Marist High School in Bayonne and St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, and he was so proud to be a peacock, especially since he saw the success of the basketball team This year. After graduating, he joined the military and was stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where he was a doctor and went to jumping school, becoming a jumping master.

He married the love of his life, Marge, in 1964. After his service in the army, he taught Latin at Midland Park High School in New Jersey. After a year, he was recruited to join the New Jersey Medical Society, followed by 13 years at the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 1979, he and Marge started their own association management company, Degnon Associates Inc., where he spent several years lobbying for children’s health and welfare and public health.

Besides Marge, his wife of 58 years, he is survived by their four children: George (Kristin) Degnon, Meg (Ray) Gorham, Christine Degnon and Laura Degnon; and 12 grandchildren: George, Brittney, Garrett and Braeden Degnon, Ryan, Kyle, Mary and Elly Gorham; Jake, Mackenzie, and Zack and Cody Caldwell-Degnon; sisters, Rosemary Eng and Joan (Ken) Sheedy; and his brother, Tom (Rosalin) Degnon; and several nieces and nephews.

George loved his family and had incredibly strong faith. He also enjoyed boating, fishing, gardening, woodworking and being by the water. Since the 1980s, George and Marge have enjoyed spending time at their second home in Rehoboth Beach. He had a passion for helping others and often volunteered with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, including running a micro-loan program to help break the cycle of poverty. George has organized several mission trips to Mississippi and Puerto Rico in recent years to help with repairs after devastating hurricanes. He was happiest when he helped others, always living his motto “To love your neighbor is to love God”.

A Christian funeral mass was celebrated Friday, October 14 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, consider contributing to Trinity Missions, trinitymissions.org; Saint Vincent de Paul of Our Lady of Good Counsel, olgcva.org/outreach/svdp; or a charity of your choice.

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