George T. Hepbron, III

April 14, 1928 - May 3, 2021
George T. Hepbron, III


George T Hepbron III left this life in Wilmington NC on May 3rd 2021.

George was born April 14th 1928 in Orange, New Jersey and raised in Millburn New Jersey. He graduated from Millburn High School. George served his country during World War II for three years with the US Marine Corps. He then attended Montclair State University earning a BA and MA in education on the GI bill. He taught four years elementary school in Orange New Jersey. He then moved to Hightstown New Jersey in 1957 to become the elementary principle in the East Windsor School District. From 1970 through 1985 he was Assistant Superintendent of schools. He retired in 1985 after serving 30 years in education. George and his wife, Helen, moved to Wilmington NC in 1993 from Chesterfield NJ. George did volunteer service for Guardian ad Litem, Meals on Wheels, Child Advocacy Commission. He was a member of the Wilmington Choral Society. He was an avid hiker and camper and hiked the complete Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain Georgia to MT. Katahdin Maine (2,193.1 miles). He was also a runner and he ran in the New York and New Jersey Marathons. He also looked forward to his Tuesdays and Thursdays on the golf course with his golf buddies.

He was proceeded in death by his father, George T. Hepbron II and his mother, Katherine Boyce Hepbron, and his sister, Katherine H Forbes.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Helen W. Hepbron; six daughters, Kathy Woods (Don), Sandy Holmes (Dave), Debby Rawdanowicz (John), Susan Tantum (Lloyd), Karen Blaylock (Mark) and Merrilee Burns. His twelve grandchildren, Dana Maulshagen (Rob), Derek Woods (Lauren), Matthew Holmes (Karen), Andrew Holmes (Kirsten), Jamie Forrest (Andy), Jenny Rawdanowicz, Mary Kathryn Tantum, William Tantum, Kyle Blaylock (Ali), Meghann Kuklinski (Brian), Spencer Burns (Kaitlyn) and Corey Burns (Sarah). His 19 great grandchildren: Eve and James Maulshagen, Dylan Woods, Bodie, Jasper and Emerson Holmes, Brielle Holmes, Gavin and Avery Forrest, Knox Particelli, Brooks Blaylock, Austin, Cailin, and Jaxon Kuklinski, Grace and Makenzie Burns, and Micah, Caleb, and Ellie Burns; two nephews, Jeff Forbes and Greg Forbes; and his four legged faithful companion, Darcy.

As per his wishes, a private Celebration of life will take place in Wilmington NC and his ashes spread on the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Appalachian Trail Conservancy P.O. Box 807 Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-9988 or Assistance League of Greater Wilmington 420 Eastwood Road Unit 107 Wilmington NC 28403

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  • May 05, 2021
    Misti Britt says:
    I always loved seeing Mr Hepron and his beautiful dog when they would come to Walgreens. (I always wanted his dog, lol) He was always such a sweet man.

  • May 07, 2021
    Robin Wright says:
    Jon and I want to offer Helen and George´s girls our deepest sympathies. We always enjoyed our visits with them in Wilmington reminiscing of our New Jersey days. We will miss him. Our thoughts are with you. Robin Wright

  • May 07, 2021
    Barbara Swann says:
    George was a fine man who was devoted to his wife and family. He was also a good friend. Jsck and I spent many a Monday night at our special booth at K38 on taco night He will be sorely missed.

  • May 07, 2021
    Derek Woods says:
    If anyone has any pictures of George or would like to record a voice recording of a fond memory with him, im putting a special video Collage together for him. Please feel free to send anything - pictures, memories, videos, to me at [email protected] My Grandfather, my friend... GEORGEY PORGEY... the youngest 93 year old to ever walk this earth. You taught us all how to enjoy life. You were my best Golfing Buddy, the reason I play (and you always beat me even in your late 80’s... hitting the ball straight down the fairway every time) And That was George... just like his Consistent Golf game, he was consistent in life. You always got the same George. George was the definition of FUN. I’ve never seen George mad or sad... George never dwelled on the negative, he just lived and lived well and when he walked in a room, the room got brighter. You have 12 grandchildren and 19 grandkids who all saw you as a Celebrity - who all loved your company. You can’t say that about a lot of 90 year olds. George could make you smile just by looking at you... there’s more I can and will say one day... But George I think about you Everytime I’m on a Golf Course. Your legacy will live on forever in your 6 strong daughters and their families. I think we’re all just so happy we got to call you our dad, Grandfather, and friend. And I hope there’s 1 day old black Coffee for you in Heaven - LoL - I’ll never forget how you always drank a coffee that had been been roasting in a 90 degree car overnight. Just one of a thousand funny memories I have of my very special Grandfather We love you ‍♂️

  • May 07, 2021
    frank zoltanski says:
    George was a very bright and clever man who loved his family very much. He seemed to know a little bit about evrything and was happy to converse on any subject. He was very witty and i am extremely happy that his jokes were worse than mine.