George Robert Chippendale
Sept. 28, 1928-Sept. 3, 2022
Mountain View, California
George Chippendale, age 93, passed away at Villa Siena in Mt. View on Sep 3, 2022 from complications due to Parkinson’s Disease.
He was born in Boston, MA to George R. Chippendale and Mary Estelle Armour Chippendale on Sep 28, 1928. George attended Boston Latin and MIT and met his lifetime companion, Ruth Blottman, while working at MIT. They married in 1955 in Attleboro, MA.
In 1957, the east coast couple relocated to Palo Alto, CA, where George enjoyed a long and fulfilling career as an aerospace engineer at Lockheed in Sunnyvale. An avid airplane enthusiast and pilot, he volunteered with Interplast (now ReSurge) during the 70’s and 80’s flying doctors and nurses to Mexico and Central America where the team repaired cleft lips and palates and performed plastic surgery on burn victims.
George was a long time volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul in East Palo Alto, managing the food closet, delivering food boxes, taking calls from those in need, and carrying out response interviews with clients in English and Spanish.
George loved people and never knew a stranger. Besides his lifelong friends from Lockheed, Interplast, and St. Vincent de Paul, he shared many memories with the Christian Family Movement, Latin American Mission Program, St. Anthony’s Dining Room in Redwood City, Hidden Villa Camp Scholarship program, St. Elizabeth Seton School, and the East Palo Alto St. Francis of Assisi parish.
Preceded in death by his parents, infant son, Michael, and adopted son, Doug, George is survived by his “ever-loving-wife,” Ruth, daughters, Anne (Dick) and Mary Kay (Steve), son, Tom (Ingrid), sister, Grace Chippendale Scott, grandchildren, Tommy, Jeffrey, Emily, and Katy Beth, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
The Chippendale’s are forever thankful for the love and care of Villa Siena’s staff and community, the daughters of Charity, George’s amazing AccentCare hospice team, and Dr. Christopher Kwong who walked the extra miles with George.