George E. Sipala

February 10, 2020 Chadds Ford, PA Had a Wonderful Sense of Humor and a Generous Heart

George E. Sipala, age 90 of Chadds Ford, PA, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, February 10, 2020. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Helen Murray Sipala.

Born 1929 in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of the late Frank Sipala and the late Mary Lamonica Sipala.

After graduating from Brown Vocational High School, George continued his education at Goldey Beacon Business School and later Mt. Vernon Law School.

George also proudly served our country as a member of the United States Army from 1951 to 1953, at which point he was transferred to the Army Reserve.

Throughout his lifetime George worked as a Code Enforcement Officer for Elsmere, was the Town Manager for Newark and then went on to own his own business as a Real Estate Broker.

George had a passion for collecting antiques, attending auctions, and entertaining with his wife, Helen. He enjoyed following foxhunts and spending time with his wonderful friends of the Radnor Hunt Club. For 20 years, the Sipala family entered the 4th of July Parade in Rock Hall, MD, where they never failed to bring home a prize. George had a fantastic sense of humor and always had a prank or joke to share. Coupled with his sense of humor was a generous heart. When George was working as a broker and began to work with builders in selling new homes, he often gave up his commission so that a family could afford to purchase a home from him. George’s kind, witty, and loving personality will truly be missed by all.

In addition to his wife, Helen, George is survived by 5 children, Linda DeCecchis of Kelton, DE, Arthur Sipala of Coatesville, PA, Richard Sipala of Longwood, PA, Susan Drumheller of Rock Hall, MD and Carol Sipala of West Grove, PA; 6 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

George was predeceased by his 5 siblings, Jenny, Mary, Lucy, Frank and Joe.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:30AM on Friday, February 21, 2020 at Penn Oaks Golf Club, 150 Penn Oaks Dr., West Chester, PA 19382.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Brandywine River Museum, mailing address, Suzanne Regnier, Director of Development, Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, P.O. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317.

Arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square, PA.

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Brandywine River Museum

Donations may be mailed to:

Suzanne Regnier, Director of Development
Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art
P.O. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317

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Celebration of Life

February 21, 2020 11:30AM Penn Oaks Golf Club
150 Penn Oaks Drive
West Chester, PA 19382


  1. Dear Helen:

    Please accept our condolences and regrets in not being able to attend this celebration of George’s wonderful life. We are so happy we had the opportunity to spend that 90th birthday weekend with you both.
    We were able to get on line George’s obituary from the funeral home and can only say he was all of that and much more. From the time we met George and you in 1966 to that great 90th birthday party in 2019 we have enjoyed many wonderful times together.
    George will be joining other members of our special group like Ed, Barbara, Sweetie and Dick. But George thanks to your wonderful gift of the painting of marriage will always be in our view.
    We were moved when we reviewed the picture of that painting Marriage in the book written about Andrew Wyeth and under that picture it states that Wyeth’s vision of death, the bed poised to wheel out the window and over the horizon toward the morning star. That morning star shines into our window every morning to the very location we have that painting hanging on our wall.
    We will never forget both George and you and all the wonderful times we have shared.

    Joe and Joanne Heverin

    Joe and Joanne Heverin | February 20, 2020 at 10:14 AM
  2. Dear Helen and family, Gary and I were so sorry to learn of George’s passing. He lived larger than life and we know will be missed terribly. Our love, thoughts and prayers. Paula, Gary, Jackie and Chris Drumheller

    Paula Drumheller | February 18, 2020 at 6:28 PM
  3. “In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:16‬

    Dear Helen and Sipala family,‭

    We want to express our deepest condolences in your sad loss, but heaven’s gain. Please know that you are in our prayers for God’s comfort during this difficult time. We feel very fortunate to have shared so many wonderful times with you all. George was so much fun and his sense of humor will always be remembered. His mischievousness is epic. His smile lit up the room. His love and compassion for others was evident in his life‘s work and generosity. Thank you George for being such an inspiration who is dearly missed by all.

    Love and Prayers,
    Debbie and Ginny Massaro

    Debbie Massaro | February 17, 2020 at 7:26 PM
  4. We are deeply saddened by the news of George’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Helen and the Sipala family. We will always cherish the funny stories George liked to tell. He will be forever remembered and forever missed.
    Charlie and Rena Cuno

    Rena & Charlie Cuno | February 13, 2020 at 7:07 PM
  5. My deepest sympathy to the Sipala family. I knew George thru Sue & Marty Drumheller. Very kind …jovial and always complimentary. I had our 3rd annual Christmas Gala in December 2019..he brought so much joy & laughter to the evening… He will be greatly missed this coming year. We will have a special dedication in his memory.. I always admired how active he was in different events held by his family…always ready to participate and was that classy dresser. I will remember how kind he was to me and glad he was a dear friend of mine. Live today…cherish yesterday….dream tomorrow…till we meet again…God Bless 💞 Ann

    Ann Carolyn Bush | February 11, 2020 at 8:35 PM

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