George Dorylis

November 17, 1927 ~ August 30, 2021 (age 93)


George Dorylis went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on August 30, 2021. He was born on November 17, 1927 in Bryn Mawr, PA. George lived life to its fullest and never met a stranger. The world was his friend, he talked to everyone and always had a story to share. He was a proud Navy Veteran who served in World War II. After the Navy, he met and married his wife of 52 years, Ruth Clara Draving. He built their home in Willow Grove, PA where he raised his family.

George’s primary vocation was as a union carpenter, working along side his father, brother and son. His passion was anything related to cars, mechanics and automobile racing. He could often be found in his garage to the wee hours of the morning. 

George’s proudest moments were at the births of each of his four grandsons. He was so proud of the men they have become.

After he retired from carpentry, George and Ruth moved to the coast of Maine where he built a successful business repairing fishing boats and cars. From there, until Ruth’s passing in 2002, George and Ruth lived in North Cape May, NJ. In New Jersey he was a devoted volunteer of Holy Redeemer Hospice.

George then moved to Milford, DE. He was active with The Milford Church of God, his TOPS Family (and so proud to be a KOPS – keep pounds off sensibly), his local gym and weekly coffee klatches with “The Old Guys.”  

George was preceded in death by his wife Ruth (Draving) Dorylis, 2 brothers: Martin Dorylis and John Dorylis, and a sister Lydia Whipp. He is survived by four children: Martin Dorylis; Allison (Bernie) Grzybek; Roberta (Steven) Speroni; Wayne Dorylis. Also, four grandchildren: Michael Speroni; Nicholas Speroni, Daniel (Cassie) Grzybek; Gregory Speroni. Also, his lifelong friend, Cliff MacCoy.

George was lucky enough in life to find a second love and companion, Francis Peterson. He was blessed by his adopted family including her children Raymond Phillips, Al Phillips, and Marjorie Berna and their families.

George was always inspired by and contributed to the miracles of St. Jude Research Hospital. He would welcome contributions there. Donation information can be found on their website:

Due to COVID, there will be a small outside service at the cemetary of St. John’s Center Lutheran Church in East Earl, PA on September 11 at 11am.

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Graveside Service
September 11, 2021

11:00 AM
St. John's Center Lutheran Church
599 Reading Road
East Earl, PA 17519

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