George Barclay, 86, passed away on April 15, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas. He grew up in Narberth, Pennsylvania, and graduated high school from Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania. Upon graduating, George attended the University of North Carolina for one year before he enlisted in the Army. He served in the Korean War before being honorably discharged. He also enlisted and served briefly in the Air Force. George was the definition of a hard worker. He worked full time while attending night courses when he could to work towards a college degree. After attending ten different universities, George graduated from Southern Illinois State University at the age of thirty-three. George had a successful career that allowed him to live and visit many interesting places including Houston, Philadelphia, New York, Minneapolis, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Calgary, Mexico City, Caracas, Venezuela, St. Louis, and finally Dallas. He ended his career at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas where he eventually served as President from 1987 until he retired in 1999.
George met Gloria Lucas while living and working in St. Louis. They married and raised three children together before they divorced. Even after the divorce, they remained good friends. George was a loving father to his three children, Steve, Luke, and Kate, and later to his grandchildren, Jackson, Everett, and Nora. George loved watching and talking about sports and was a Dallas sports fan. He was known for taking his kids and their friends to many live sporting events. He was an avid reader and would read anything from mysteries to sports books to political interest books. He always had interesting perspectives on politics due to his work and interactions with politicians while working at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas where he saw the bank through some of its toughest times. George enjoyed living at Trinity Terrace later in his life and liked meeting many new and interesting people there who became his friends. He enjoyed listening to stories from their lives and telling his story.
The words generous, kind, dependable, intelligent, loyal, and hard-working come to mind when describing George. He possessed the strongest work ethic and never gave up even through challenging times. He would do anything to help his children and grandchildren, who he loved immensely. He took great pride in taking care of his family, and his absence leaves a void in all of their hearts.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Eleanor Barclay as well as many friends who he met along the way.
George is survived by his son, Steve Barclay; son, Luke Barclay and wife Keisha; daughter, Kate Martin and husband Boone; grandson, Jackson Martin; grandson, Everett Martin; granddaughter, Nora Martin; brother, Will Barclay and wife Nancy; and a host of friends from all walks of his life.
George was very specific in his wishes, and his desire was not to have a funeral. Even this obituary is more than he wanted. To honor George's life, go out and live your life to the fullest. Travel, give generously when you can, work hard at all you do, and love your family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in George's name to Union Gospel Mission - Tarrant County, 1321 East Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas, 76102, which was a charity George supported for many years. https://www.ugm-tc.org/
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