Delores M. (Reis) George
Delores Maria Reis George, 86, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2021, with her beloved grandsons, Thomas Hilton Beesley, Jr. and Tristan Roger Beesley by her side. She was predeceased by her husband and the love of her life Manuel George, beloved son Paul Manuel George, her sisters Mary Reis Crespo and Rose Mendes, brother Joseph Reis, Sr., and nephew Michael Reis. Delores is survived by her loving daughter Janet Lee Savignac of New Haven; son-in-law Thomas Hilton Beesley, Sr. of Milford; her cherished grandchildren Thomas Hilton Beesley, Jr. and Tristan Roger Beesley (Jes Hope) of Milford; Dominique Maria (Andrew) George-Gregoire of Texas; brother and sister-in-law Dominick and Alzira Reis of West Haven, sister-in-law Gerrie Reis of Hamden; sister-in-law Rosemarie George Ayala of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and numerous adoring nieces, nephews, and godchildren.
The youngest daughter of the late Maria Simoes Reis and Dominick Reis, Sr., Delores was born on March 11, 1934, in New Haven. She was a graduate of West Haven High School Class of 1952. Delores worked for the Milford Board of Education for 26 years holding various administrative positions at West Main Street Elementary School, Jonathan Law High School as Secretary to the Principal, and Orange Avenue Elementary School. She retired in 1998.
Delores loved her family; she carefully balanced work and her life at home. She was strong-willed and loyal to both family and friends. In addition to her two children, she raised her two grandsons, providing them with unconditional love, unwavering support, patience and acceptance, and was always there to lend an empathetic ear in times of need. She was a positive influence to them in many ways; family historian, nurturer, mentor, role model, teacher, and caregiver, all of which helped shape her grandsons into the men they are today. Delores loved to travel; she traveled to Portugal, Spain, Brazil, and Canada. She also enjoyed cooking and spending time with her extended family and friends.
A Mass of Christian burial and celebration of Delores’ life will be held at 11:00AM on February 26, 2021, in Our Lady of Victory Church. Interment will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. In Lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to American Lung Association and the American Kidney Fund.
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