Heaven welcomed a great man on Saturday, May 23, 2020, -- George Stella, age 86.
He is now reunited with his wife, Patricia, who died six years ago. He leaves behind his two sons, Jon Stella (Gayle) of Livermore, and Michael Stella (Sherry) of Pleasanton, and a daughter, Stephani Aronson of Brentwood, California. He is also survived by as two sisters, Pauline Cullen (Don) of Riverside, California, and Rose Frasier of Carlsbad, New Mexico, and a brother, Lawrence Stella (Dolly) of Price, Utah. George enjoyed his final days at home surrounded by family and friends, thanks to Hope Hospice.
The youngest of six siblings raised by Italian immigrants in the central Utah coal-mining community of Columbia, George was stationed at Fort Ord during his time in the Army and fell in love with California. After leaving military service, he moved his young family to a new home in Livermore, the same home he died in. He worked many years as an accountant, before becoming a craftsman and cabinetmaker in retirement.
George was a terrific cook, skilled with numbers, and loved to pay golf. He was blessed with an ability to remember hundreds of jokes and to tell stories laced with humor and insight.
Due to shelter-in-place restrictions, a Celebration of Life will be scheduled later with friends and family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in George’s name to Hope Hospice of Dublin, California.
Callaghan Mortuary is handling arrangements and an online guestbook is available for condolences at www.callaghanmortuary.com.