OBITUARY

George Edward Eskew Jr.

September 16, 1952May 10, 2021
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George Edward Eskew was born on September 16, 1952 in Ashland, KY and passed away on May 10, 2021 from complications due to a massive heart attack. He fought valiantly to the end, but ultimately his heart was too damaged to carry on. George resided in Cary, NC for the past 27 years with his loving wife, Sandy, of 46 years.

George began his career in medical equipment sales after graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1974 (go Cats!) and remained in the profession up until his passing. He worked with several different companies over the years but had been with Tosoh Bioscience, Inc. for the past 14 years. George built countless business relationships throughout his career and genuinely cared about every relationship. All his colleagues can vouch for his caring approach and ability to connect with people as humans, not just dollar signs and leads. George’s belief that “if you take care of your people, they’ll take care of you” was even more apparent in his final role as a manager. George loved playing golf with Sandy especially on their annual getaways to the beach. As an avid Kentucky Wildcats basketball fan, this past season was unusually cruel. It was an unprecedented disaster of a season that could make a grown man weep. We know it was tough on him living in Dukie and Tarheel nation, but he took great pride in representing the Big Blue! George was looking forward to moving even further South after retirement to be closer to Ryan, Larkin, and Chloe with the added perk of playing golf year-round!

George and Sandy attended Colonial Baptist church since their arrival in Cary. As a man of lifelong faith, we take comfort in knowing George is in a better place and no longer suffering. He will be deeply missed by all those whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy Eskew of Cary, NC, son Ryan Eskew (Larkin), and granddaughter Chloe Eskew of Savannah, GA, sister Loretta Bradley of Lubbock, TX, and brother Steve (Dottie) Eskew of Nashville, TN. He is preceded in death by his parents George Eskew Sr. and Edith Eskew, son Jeffrey Eskew, and brother-in-law Dr. Charles Bradley.

A visitation will be held on Friday May 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm followed by a funeral service at 2:00 pm. Both the visitation and the service will take place in the chapel at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home located on 200 Southeast Maynard Road in Cary, NC.

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    Friday, May 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, May 14, 2021

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Kathy Menzel-Campbell

May 20, 2021

My deepest condolences and prayers go out to George's family. I had the distinct pleasure of working with George while being employed at Tosoh. George always took time to spend with me to explain what I did not understand and to provide advice and counsel. He sincerely cared about all of his colleagues at Tosoh and also shared with me his deep love and compassion for his wife and family. He frequently shared with me his deep commitment and faith. I am deeply sad for this loss and George will always be remembered with great fondness. I am blessed to have known such a wonderful person. May he rest in peace. His light is still shining.

Sheila Ashley

May 14, 2021

I worked with George for 14 years and those who have had the pleasure of working with him are aware of his work ethic and dedication to Tosoh. Through our interactions during Sales meetings, office visits and many many phone calls, he always touched base to say “Hello, how are you, how’s the team doing, how’s family?...etc.” He enjoyed talking about KY and in fact, I missed talking to him about the KY Derby this year. My husband is also from KY (they both bled “BLUE!!”), he often asked about him and the KY Wildcats! Sandy when he shared stories, he spoke highly of you and your family. The Customer Service team and I extend our condolences. The Tosoh family will truly miss him, and he will always be remembered.

Patrick Curran

May 14, 2021

Sandy, Ryan and family,

I am so sorry for your loss.
He was a great friend and co worker.
George always found the good in any situation. He will be missed.
Thoughts and prayers for the whole family during this difficult time.
GE - you will be missed my friend !

Patrick Battipaglia

May 14, 2021

I want to thank Sandy for sharing George with many of us who were able to learn from him. George always managed to find time to try and help people. He also was someone I could have fun with and make each other laugh. Big Blue nation lost a real fan. May he Rest In Peace and may the rest of us remember what he showed us in the way he lived.

Don and Cathy Gabig

May 13, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. We really always enjoyed talking to Sandy and George on their walks. What a wonderful couple. They were original Glenridge people. Our deepest condolences .

Rebekah Alli

May 13, 2021

I had the pleasure of knowing George and worked with him for the last 7 years. I am deeply saddened by his passing. We spoke quite often and he was always very positive. He will be missed dearly.

jim shaffer

May 13, 2021

George was a colleague. We interacted on an occasional basis and I remember him as always having a smile when he greeted you and having a positive outlook even in difficult times. We are all better for having known him. God Bless.
Jim

Chris DeWeese

May 12, 2021

George was such a caring and devoted colleague. He worked tirelessly for our company, our customers, and most importantly our patients. He was a champion of doing the right thing. I will miss his kind voice and his determination to succeed and make things better. Rest in peace my friend. I was blessed to know you. May God bless you and keep you and may He make His face shine upon you.

Koichi Suga

May 12, 2021

We are deeply saddened by the loss of George.
We can imagine the sadness you must be feeling.
He was our valued colleague and made a huge contribution to the success of the team, not only US, but also colleagues in Japan.
He had encouraged and inspired all the people who working with him.
I don't know how much appreciation all the colleagues feel to him.
We feel honoured to have had the opportunity to work with him.
He will be sadly missed.

Scott Fukuhara

May 12, 2021

My deepest condolences for your loss. You and your family will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

I had the opportunity of getting to know George through working at Tosoh; and although most of our employees work remote I was able to meet George multiple times in person and built a strong working relationship and friendship with him. One thing I will miss about George is his sense of humor. There were times when he would make a "dad" joke, and even though my manager would tell me not to encourage him by laughing, I would always give a little chuckle.

In the end everything will be okay, and if it's not okay then it's not the end.

a hui hou ("until we meet again")

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