George Leonard Popko

On June 17, 2020 George “PAP” Popko; of Denver NC passed peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his loving wife of 47 years and his children.

George was born on March 12, 1949 to the late Goldie and George W. “Popeye” Popko.  He dedicated his life to teaching young children and retired 17 years ago after devoting 30 years in Montgomery County Public Schools, MD. helping young kids be successful.

George will forever be remembered as a Steeler fan, an exotic car buff, and most of all a dedicated family man with an incredible sense of humor.

George was a fighter and an inspiration to many.  He survived 16 years after being diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer which is unheard of. 

George’s survivors include his wife Patricia, his children- Kevin, Christopher, Jennifer; Daughter in-laws Gini and Jeannine, Son in-law Keith, his grandchildren Addison, Kobie, Kate, Xander, Anthony, Andrew, Riley and his beloved Golden Retriever Abbey.

Additionally, George was the oldest brother of four siblings; David, Gerald, Brian and his baby sister Jackie who will miss him dearly.

The Good Samaritan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Popko Family.

26 Responses to George Leonard Popko

  1. Deborah potts June 19, 2020 at 11:29 am #

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I am thinking about you and I am only a call away. Wishing you and your family peace during this difficult time.


    • Patricia Popko June 30, 2020 at 7:31 am #

      Thanks Deb, I appreciate all that you do for me.

  2. Skip Stafford June 19, 2020 at 11:55 am #

    Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this time. So sorry for your loss.

  3. Lynda Heron June 20, 2020 at 7:08 am #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It has been a long journey for Georgie (I always called him that) I know he is at peace now and in God’s care.

  4. Jennifer Popko June 21, 2020 at 3:12 pm #

    Happy Fathers Day Dad miss u and love u!!

  5. Jon Kennedy June 25, 2020 at 10:52 am #

    To the Popko family,
    Betsy and I are saddened by your loss and pray that someday we will see him in heaven.
    Please know that we are here if you need anything.
    The Kennedy Family

  6. Dave Glascock June 25, 2020 at 11:03 am #

    Our hearts go out to the Popko family. George “The Enforcer” Popko was like my second dad. He will be missed and never forgotten.

  7. Jeff Glascock June 25, 2020 at 2:33 pm #

    We are sorry for your loss. I remember George in MD and often times was afraid of him. Over the years, I got to know him and was glad to have known him. I enjoyed being his IT guy and kidding around with him under the deck at the pool in NC. His sense of humor was stellar. He will be missed and our family is praying for you in this difficult time. Hope to see you all soon.

  8. Jamie Strand June 25, 2020 at 3:02 pm #

    When the Popko’s trailblazer to the west/best part of the lake I was sure to follow. They have always been my 2nd family with George steadily at the helm.
    I enjoyed sharing cigars and talking cars with George. I’m sure he was as good of a teacher as he was a father and friend. The true measure of a good person is when you can say that everyone who knew him was better off because of it.
    You will be missed, George, but not forgotten.
    Go Steelers!

  9. Linda Stafford June 27, 2020 at 6:40 pm #

    Jennifer, my heart goes out to you and your family. Wishing you much love and support.

  10. Pam Reed June 27, 2020 at 7:18 pm #

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Kindest regards.

  11. Trudy Hunicke June 27, 2020 at 8:46 pm #

    Pat and family…I’m so sorry to learn of your loss!

  12. marsha silver June 28, 2020 at 10:34 am #

    Pat, I am so sorry to hear about your Husband’s passing. It was truly a blessing he was able to be with you so long after the diagnosis. My thoughts are with you.

  13. Pat Burton June 28, 2020 at 4:16 pm #

    Pat, so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  14. Heather Jasinski June 28, 2020 at 10:02 pm #

    My heart goes out to you Jennifer and your family at this difficult time. Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time. Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.

  15. Connie Andrews June 28, 2020 at 10:10 pm #

    Pat, I am so sad to hear about the death of your husband. This has to be a difficult time for you after so many years together. He must have been a strong and courageous man. Prayers for your peace. Connie Andrews

  16. Gail and Gary Budd June 29, 2020 at 6:49 am #

    Pat and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss.

  17. Sue Nikodem June 29, 2020 at 10:33 am #

    So sorry for you and your family, Pat. I remember the variety of cars he had and how much he enjoyed them. Sending you love and hugs.

  18. The Popko Family June 30, 2020 at 9:43 am #

    A heartfelt thank you to all of you for posting such kind words.
    Greatly appreciated!

  19. Nina July 2, 2020 at 1:46 pm #

    R.I.P George popko you will very missed but never

    forgotten love Nina Glascock Kevin Popco
    sorry for your loss.

  20. Patricia Popko December 23, 2020 at 8:36 am #

    Happy Anniversary Honey,
    Today would have been our 48th! and I just want you to know I think about you every day and miss you terribly.
    All my love, all my life.

  21. Patricia Popko December 25, 2020 at 9:04 am #

    Merry Christmas! Just wanted to let you know we are all missing & thinking of you.
    Love & Hugs,

    • Chris, Geoff and Matt January 25, 2021 at 11:40 am #

      Dear Pat, Kevin, Christopher and Jennifer,
      By the grace of God, I sadly came across George’s obituary and want to reach out to all of you to let you know how very sad Geoff, Matt and I are and send you all our deepest sympathy. It’s been about 40 years since we were neighbors in MD so I hope you still remember us! We thought highly of the five of you and will always remember the great memories as neighbors that we shared. George was not only a wonderful neighbor but was a special husband and father also. Cherish every memory you had with him and hold them close to your hearts and he will forever be a part of you. God bless all of you.

  22. Patricia Popko March 12, 2021 at 8:09 am #

    Happy Birthday Honey,
    Just wanted to let you know we are all thinking about you on your special day and are getting together later for a Low Country Seafood Boil and Red Velvet Cupcakes, your very favorites to celebrate & remember you! I’m sure we will also look @ pictures and watch the video again. Our children and grands have been wonderful and you would be very proud of all of them. Abbey is sending a hug, as well. Oh, Riley has a new kitten, so we do have another George in the household! We just all wish you were still here.
    Love & Hugs,

  23. Patricia Popko June 17, 2021 at 4:46 am #

    Good Morning Honey,
    I can’t believe that it’s been a year; it just seems like yesterday that we lost you. Our children and grands continue to be their for me and you are in my thoughts every day. Hope you enjoyed Charleston with Kevin, Chris & I, and Jen & I are off to Asheville on Sunday to stay @ The Biltmore. I can picture you telling her to slow down.
    Kobie is still doing great in school, and Xander is off to Penn State soon, and Kate will start her second year @ App State. Covid is finally over for now for the most part, and it is certainly nice seeing people and starting to do things again. I miss you dearly.
    All my love, all my life,

  24. Patricia Popko June 20, 2021 at 5:42 am #

    Good Morning Honey,
    Happy Father’s Day. And, of course, I am thinking about you while having my coffee. It is raining here and last night we celebrated my birthday & Father’s Day with the family with a great dinner & cake. I am going to get ready for Jen to pick me up for our trip to Asheville. But, of course, you will be with us.
    Talk again soon. Abbey sends a wet kiss.
    Lots of love,

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