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George V Sheffield

May 8, 1939 September 1, 2019
George V Sheffield
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George Vernon Sheffield passed away at the age of 80 on September 1, 2019 after a long courageous fight with Lewy Body Disease. A resident of Hopewell, NJ for over 50 years, he was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in Ridgewood and Wyckoff. He received a Bachelor of Engineering with high honors from Yale University while also enrolled in a special program in liberal arts. This began his lifetime of developing extensive broadly based knowledge and interest in many areas.
He then spent 35 years working at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in fusion energy research. While there he held a number of management positions, including Head of the Engineering Analysis Division (EAD). It was a unique organization that he envisioned and created which included several engineering disciplines. George also authored and published many scientific papers.
Creativity was the center of a number of his activities throughout life. After retirement he spent much of his time with another very special talent, drawing and sculpting. His art was a special joy for him and is greatly admired by all who have seen it.
His love of animals, both domestic and those he had on the farm as well as the wildlife in the nature surrounding his home, provided him with a lifetime of enjoyment. For many years he had at least one very devoted dog, often named Petie.
George raised his family to pursue their dreams through hard work, honesty and integrity. He was a very positive person and used his sharp wit and dry sense of humor to diffuse even the most difficult situations.
George was loved by all who knew him for his kind, gentle, giving, helpful and modest nature. It was often stated that anyone who met him sensed immediately that he was a very good person. He will be greatly missed.
Son of the late Halsey Foote Sheffield and late Doris Amali and his stepmother the late Suzan Sheffield, he was born on May 8, 1939. He was preceded in death by his brother Halsey Foote Sheffield, Jr.
George is survived by his loving wife Judith Giarrusso Sheffield, his sons (Andrew, Eric and David), his stepchildren (Karen Munford and Rick Giarrusso), their spouses (Wendy, Jennifer, Camille, David and Jean), grandchildren (Andrew, Tom, Ben, and Alex), step-grandchildren (Cameron, Sophia, and Michael Giarrusso), nephews (John, Peter and Michael) and their spouses and children.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following: Comprehensive Center, for Brain Health, c/o Dr. James Galvin, 777 Glades Road ME-104, Boca Raton, FL 33431. Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Rd, Pennington. Condolences are welcome at

For further service information contact Andrew Sheffield ( 313-283-5194 or Eric Sheffield ( 917-371-3450.

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Cemetery Details


Highland Cemetery Final Resting Place

Greenwood Ave.
Hopewell, NJ 08525

Greenwood Ave. Hopewell 08525 NJ
United States

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