George Lawrence Waldoch
November 27, 1919 – November 26, 2019
George Lawrence Waldoch, age 99 passed away at his home on November 26, 2019 just shy of his 100th birthday on November 27.
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was born November 27, 1919 in St. Paul Minnesota to his parents, William Valentine Waldoch and Anna Grzywinski Waldoch. He spent his early life at his family’s farm until joining the US navy in 1942 and served during WWII. He was stationed at NAS in Jacksonville, Fl. There the sailor met and married his Navy Wave, Ruth Marie Crouch, on January 16, 1944. They were married for 62 years. After being recalled to serve the Navy during the Korean War, George worked as a meat cutter, at A & P, and was a salesman for Singer Sewing Machine Company for over 25 years. But his life accomplishment was being known as “The Honey Man.” He trained and mentored many beekeepers, becoming friends to many. He and Ruth owned and operated Waldoch Apiary. As a child, George worked with bees on his parents’ far ad continued to do so until his final days. He drove his ‘bee truck’ until age 96 and worked his bees as often as he could. He received many awards for his beekeeping, for which he was extremely proud.
George was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Marie Crouch and his daughter Jacqueline “Jackie” Marie Waldoch. He is survived by his brother, Raymond Waldoch; children, Janet Nora Waldoch Travis, Stephan “Steve” Lawrence Waldoch (Lauchlin), Jeroline “Jeri” Juanita Waldoch (Herb Smith); grandchildren, Jarret Lawrence Travis, Catherine Ashley Waldoch, Alexander Dawkins Waldoch , Jessica Ruth-Sue Travis.
A Visitation will be held on Friday, December 6th from 10:00-11:45 am at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 6th at 1:00 pm at St. Joseph’s Historic Church, 4214 Loretto Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32223 followed by the burial at Mandarin Cemetery, Mandarin Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32223.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME OF MANDARIN, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025.
10:00 am - 11:45 am
Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home
11801 San Jose Blvd
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
11757 Old Saint Augustine Rd.
George Lawrence Waldoch
David &Mary Bailey
December 5, 2019
We are going to miss you Mr Honey Man. Especially your wildflower honey. We have several empty quart jars with your label in the garage - wish they were full of your yummy honey.
Take care of all the bees in heaven-God Bless you and yours.
December 5, 2019
Carey Bowles and I are thinking of you during this time. We are sad to learn of your Dad's passing. Hold strong and keep your memories alive.
Morna and Carey
December 4, 2019
Dear George, I know you are looking down on us from a beautiful field of nectar laden flowers in heaven and no doubt you are surrounded by your beloved honeybees. Who could forget that day we went out to harvest honey and you were so excited with a record crop of honey on,the hives piled soon high with supers! Thank you for telling me to stay back and take pictures while you and a young man pulled them off the hives. Although the shifting of the weight from the trailer to the truck made the front of the trailer fly up into the air and the beehives launched off the trailer in all directions, your cool head prevailed and you saved the day, shouting out instructions while millions of bees swarmed around us in the confusion. In the end we only lost one hour and we got the honey ! Thank you for all the good rambling times! Thank you for all your help. Thank you for stopping by our home in St. Augustine so many times to visit, you are a true friend . I still have the quarter you left in one of my hives to let me know you were checking on how I took care of my bees. Love, Gayle Prevatt and Enzo Torcoletti
December 2, 2019
I'll always be grateful for your help in getting me started with bees. I have learned so much from you while riding around with you, and will always carry your lessons wherever I am. We always had a great time whether lunching while watching a water baptism or being pulled out of mud we got bogged down in, it was fun! You have provided a amazing service to the world with your knowledge sharing, passing it on. I loved hearing about your time making a living selling sewing machines and the people you met.
Your students, my family -father, son-in-law, and husband will all miss you. And, I miss you too. Love,