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George Kephart

George Thomas Kephart Jr.

Wednesday, October 12th, 1955 - Saturday, June 27th, 2020
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Obituary

With an unequaled sadness, we regretfully announce the sudden death of our beloved friend, brother, mentor and colleague, George Thomas Kephart, Jr. who left this earth on the sunny morning of Saturday, June 27, 2020, at the age of 64 in Lewes, Delaware. George was born in Bethesda, Maryland on October 12, 1955, to George T. Kephart, Sr. and the late Mildred "Mickie" Ann Kephart (nee Matthews). George is survived by countless people near and far whose lives he touched with kindness, compassion, a goofy wit (perhaps a little crass) and deep understanding of what it is like to truly love others from his heart. Brother of Cheryl K. (Pat) Fletcher and Aaron Bilgrad; uncle of Marcus Kephart (Abigail), and great uncle of Miss Claire and Tyler. Preceded in death by his long time companion, Nick Marinaccio, His dear mother Mickie, and friends Joan Holmes and Luis Zambrano. Those who are funeral professionals please bring a hearse and help to create a special procession!

Rest well, George, you deserve it!

You may wish to honor George with memorial contributions to The Casey House, MontgomeryHospice.org or FoodandFriends.org
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, July 6th, 2020 | 10:00am - 4:00pm
    When
    Monday, July 6th, 2020 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Location
    Thibadeau Mortuary Chapel
    Address
    124 East Diamond Ave.
    Gaithersburg, MD 20877
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    "Walk-Through" Viewing: Temperatures will be taken at the door. Distancing and face masks required. LIMIT of FIVE people inside at a time. Please do not come if you have had any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to any people with symptoms of COVID-19
  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 | 10:00am - 8:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 10:00am - 8:00pm
    Location
    Thibadeau Mortuary Chapel
    Address
    124 East Diamond Ave.
    Gaithersburg, MD 20877
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    "Walk-Through" Viewing: Temperatures will be taken at the door. Distancing and face masks required. LIMIT of FIVE people inside at a time. Please do not come if you have had any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to any people with symptoms of COVID-19
  • Farewell Celebration of Life

    Thursday, July 9th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Thursday, July 9th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Covenant Life Church
    Address
    7501 Muncaster Mill Road
    Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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    Notes
    FUNERAL DIRECTORS: Please bring a hearse to make a really special procession for George. Attendance is limited, so if you cannot get inside we will try to have speakers outside and we ask that you stage in the parking lot and join the procession to the cemetery.
  • Interment

    Thursday, July 9th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Thursday, July 9th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Gate of Heaven Cemetery
    Address
    13801 Georgia Ave
    Silver Spring, Maryland 20906
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Juan Carlos Rivera

Posted at 09:05pm
George: This is a tribute to a life well-lived! Your memory will live on as these trees blossom and grow. Until we meet again, my dear friend.

3 trees were planted in the memory of George Kephart

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sandee parrish

Posted at 08:05pm
My Darling George, I write this not as a goodbye or a farewell but as way of sharing what was and what will be in the future.

What was:
I remember the day that Nick was telling us that he wanted us to meet you, he said “Prepare yourself, he’s a Funeral Director” I thought to myself very cool. When that day came Fred and I anxiously awaited to meet you, as we had heard so many things, wonderful things. On that day I realized that you had characteristics in your personality that are not found in most people, and I know a lot of people, I read people like others read books, and you were 1st class.

As we spent more time together, I soon started to see who you were, the real George a truly genuine man. You were more like the man of the classic black and white movies that we both love, a gentleman, a kind man, a loving man, a sincere man, a man of his word, a man of passion and a man with the biggest heart of anyone I knew, and my list goes on.

We have shared so many memories, and have shared so much heart break, but we were there for each other. We are family, no not blood relatives, but family just the same, our bond was one built on love, trust, and devotion. We didn’t get to talk every day, or sometimes for a few weeks really, but we knew that each other were fine, because if there was something wrong, we were all just a phone call away.

When we went to see The Wizard of OZ and Nick presented me with my ruby slippers (which I keep under glass) and when we went to the Kennedy Center to see Wicked, those were some of the best memories of my life. I find comfort knowing that you are with Nick now, I know how sadly you missed him.

So many years of car shows, of course I could never get there as early as you, but we wouldn’t miss them for the world. My brother Jay grew to love you through those shows, as he is a car guy too.

Sometimes life gets in the way, I remember your schedule was so busy, it made me happy to just bring you a home cooked meal, one of your favorites, and I always made sure you had plenty of leftovers. I remember coming to your work and meeting for lunch/dinner and going to Peter’s Carryout and siting at the counter. Me waiting for you to get off work so we could go to the AFI Silver and see one of our favorites like the Wizard of OZ, and of course all movies Bettie Davis/Joan Crawford.

I remember when I was so busy working and you coming to see me, you never missed my charity events, especially the Toy's for Tot's Party that was dedicated every year to Nick after he passed. You would always bring arms full of toys and there was never a time that there was not Tonka trucks involved.

Our slumber parties at my house watching old movies and making ice cream sundaes and popcorn, those were the days, just relaxed and fun, just because we were together ~ we didn’t need a lot, we realized that we already had it~

In the Future:
Your name and memory will never fade from our minds, or our lips. We will speak your name, as if you are still here with us ~ because you are ~ every day. The Toy’s for Tot’s Party will now be dedicated to you and Nick and we will continue with our old traditions. Bob will still be coming over for Christmas and Easter, and there will still be a plate for you and Nick at the table. The stories of our crazy times and all the fun we had will be spoken of frequently. Our walls will have your photo’s hanging with the rest of our friends and family on the wall of life.

You are still alive, I have let go of the physical person, but the soul is the true person and your soul will live forever inside of me. I will be talking to you frequently and coming to see you at Gate of Heaven.

It is with broken hearts that we say Ciao for now Georgie, Fred & SanDee (Freddy & Doll Face)
JT

Jamie Thibadeau

Posted at 04:42pm
Little did I know...


Little did I know...
This day would come

Little did I know...
That we would never again hear "Weeeeeelll!", "Isn't that awful", or "from where you are, I could spit in your eye with no strain at all…

Little did I know...
That your antics, your laugh, and smile was so often a struggle for you

Little did I know...
That when we openly spoke of emotions that a deeper pain remained

Little did I know...
That your selfless and gentle love for others seemed so elusive in return

Little did I know...
That you had made up your mind before we lunched that day

Little did I know...
That you would leave us this way

Little did I know...
You would not be answering the knock on the door

Little did I know…
Of the deafening silence when you were found

Little did I know...
That your stubbornness could bring us here today

Little did I know...
That I could be so mad at you

Little did I know...
That our love for you could not make you stay

Little did I know...
That the artful, creative talent you shared with me would humbly be my final gift to you

Little did I know...
The aching pain of saying farewell for now....
… Ciao Georgie!
 
DV

David Vredenburg Posted at 07:00am

Jamie, Thank you so much for your painful, honest, compassionate and heartbroken posting. It enabled my very first torrent of tears, and helped me move from the numbness of abject shock to sobbing grief. . .and some peace, too. Pardon my frankness, but amid what seemed to me like a flood of euphemistic though well-meant entries about George's so-called "passing away" that failed to sadden. . .or comfort me, yours was most powerful. A long-standing friend of George's from NYS (since the early 1990's and the days of our mutual friendship with Luis Zambrano), I had left countless increasingly desperate messages for George to get back to me, and was worried perhaps he had fallen prey to the COVID-19 virus in his travels back and forth from MD to his retirement home in DE. I sensed something was wrong. A week ago last Friday I missed a call, and was thrilled to see it was from George's phone, only to return the call and hear dead silence, then someone else answer. It was a "Kirk," I believe- a friend and DE neighbor of George's who had found my messages on George's phone and used it to call and inform me. . . . .I share your complicated mixture of grief, sadness, anger and hope and find great comfort in knowing that someone who loved George as you did was able to handle the final earthly arrangements for his farewell and burial. May we and all who mourn find the blessedness of comfort.
M

Mark

Posted at 11:22am
George,
You will be missed. I always smiled at your wicked sense of humor. But where you touched me so deeply was the caring and warmth you gave to others who were facing the pain and darkness of the loss of a loved one. You were, and are, a light! Happiness is yours now, brother. Mark

Kim Murray

Posted at 03:28am
Dearest George, You accompanied me during my darkest days five years ago. Your calm assurances held me together and helped to create a celebration of life for my Mom that was full of beauty, taste and laughter. And I accompanied you during a dark day that turned to light as I witnessed your courage and grace. Thank you for being in my life, for your friendship and humor. I will miss you greatly. Until we meet again. May your new journey and reunion with loved ones who preceeded you be full of joy. Love, Kim Irene Murray ❤
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