George Bickersteth

February 2, 1921March 12, 2014
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BICKERSTETH, George - Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, age 93, of Grand Blanc passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. George was born February 2, 1921 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada the son of the late John and Frances (Ralph) Bichersteth who immigrated from Dublin, Ireland. He served proudly in the U.S. Marine Corp as a Sergeant during W.W.II. George married Ella Louise (Peg) McCallum and at that time they were members of a traveling trapeze act called Los Aeros. He was employed by GM Service Parts Operations in Swartz Creek for 25 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of American Legion Post #413 in Grand Blanc and also served as a marshal at the Buick Open in Warwick Hills for many years. He will be sadly missed by wife Ella of 72 years, 4 children, Tom (Maureen) Bickersteth of Charlevoix, Carol (Richard) Larobardiere of Linden, Amy Donnelly of Bloomfield Hills and Emily Rellinger of Walloon Lake; 8 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Irene and Jean. He was preceded in death by 2 children Theresa and Timothy, 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Friends may visit the family from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Hill Funeral Home, 11723 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc, MI. The funeral service will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the funeral home. Pastor Sarah LaRose-Nettel will officiate. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army. Share your condolences with the family at


  • Visitation Saturday, March 15, 2014
  • Visitation Sunday, March 16, 2014
  • Funeral Service Sunday, March 16, 2014

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Ardie Beaune-Stewart

March 24, 2014

So sorry to hear of George's passing. I worked with him at SPO, he was a special friend and neighbor.

Mike Harvey

March 19, 2014

Worked with George at SPO. He was a good man.

J.A. Howell (GRMC)

March 18, 2014

My sincerest condolences, it was an honor to work with him and his wonderful family in his final days.


March 15, 2014

He will be truly missed, he always had such wonderful stories to tell and was such a kind soul..Prayer to the family~

March 15, 2014

So sorry to hear of George's passing, he was a great man and will be sadly missed. I will miss seeing him at the Kroger Store having coffee with his buddies. Stan worked the Buick Open with George and we both knew him from the American Legion for years. Our sincere condolences to the family. Stan and Judy Osowski.

John Becks Grandaughter Monique

March 15, 2014

Hug my Grandpa John Beck for me Uncle George <3 You will be missed and are loved by many. I hope you are in a beautiful place and we will see you guys again someday. Wherever you guys are, I am sure there are a lot of smiles and laughter. Love to your family who is missing you.

jack barr

March 14, 2014

I worked with George for a number of years at GMPD. Sorry to hear of his passing.

Larry Meredith

March 14, 2014

To the Bickersteth family, I am so sorry for your loss. I first met George at GMPD in 1961. We spent a lot of time together in our working enviornment talking over coffee or lunch. A wonderful man, a treasured friend.

Buck Morrison

March 14, 2014

I graduated from GBHS with Tom, and don't know if "Richard" Larobardiere is the "Rick" from Swartz Creek that I played golf with for years. (If he is, then between Tom and him these are two of the nicest guys I have ever met). Regardless, my heartfelt condolences go out to the Bickersteth family. George was a total gentleman: He always treated the GBHS kids with respect, continually acknowledging us over the years and inquiring as to how things were going in our lives. It appears as though he was able to continue to live a full and rewarding life after I lost touch.

Buck Morrison

Helen Abbott

March 14, 2014

Carol and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Carol, I don't know if you remember me. We had a Catholic study with Elaine Thompson and Kathy White. Anyway, you have my prayers at this time. God Bless