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6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA

OBITUARY

George Alvin Lazarus

July 10, 1940June 20, 2020

George Alvin Lazarus of Suffolk, Virginia, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2020 at the age of 79.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Winsome Lazarus (nee Fong Yee); his 12 children, Damion, Annie, Deyon (Mark Witnik), Arlene, Donovan (Mai), Dawn, Michael (Michelle), David (Lawana), Cary, Kevin (Nickeisha), Tysen, and Lisa; 17 grandchildren, Matthew Joseph, Kerri Thomas, Richard Freckleton, Mikel Shabazz, Alicia Weston, Paige Freckleton, Elias Lazarus, Khalema Shabazz, David Roberts, Taylor Roberts, Malia Lazarus, Nicholas Lazarus, Cecilia Lazarus, Damion Lazarus, Jr., John Price McGregor, Jonathan Lazarus, and Elizabeth Francis; and his brother, Nigel Lazarus. He is predeceased by his parents, Elias and Grace (nee Smith), and brother Ameen.

George was born on July 10, 1940, in Kingston, Jamaica, and attended St. George’s College where he excelled in the arts and sports. With a work ethic that would make any Jamaican blush, George was an industrious entrepreneur and owned and operated several businesses in Kingston, Jamaica and Hartford, Connecticut, where he immigrated with his family in 1978.

George enjoyed boxing, cricket, and soccer; loved music, especially country; and was an avid dancer. He was a sharp dresser with a captivating personality, and everyone knew festivities did not really begin until George arrived, which often involved lots of food and a game of dominoes.

A “prayer warrior”, George was a devout Catholic and routinely acknowledged his blessings and was appreciative of all his doctors, nurses, healthcare and homecare professionals at Cleveland Clinic (FL), Bon Secours St. Mary (VA), Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute and DaVita Dialysis Center.

In celebration of George’s life, a private memorial service will be held on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Woodlawn Funeral Home located at 6329 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23502. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (40 Enterprise Parkway, Hampton VA 23666) and the National Kidney Foundation of Virginia (1622 E. Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23228).

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Jan Brown

June 29, 2020

Donovan,
Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of your father.
You favor him in appearance. If you need anything while on CONUS please feel free to call.

Yours in Service,

Jan C. Brown
AMVETS National Commander

Denise Shelton

June 25, 2020

Dear Lazarus Family,
I will always remember my memories of Daddy Lazarus.. yes back in 1983 when a skinny young teenager moved into the neighborhood .. As we know he shared his experience on life from Jamaica and kept strong views on many things and beliefs.. I watched and observed how he was a family man, a protector, a man that taught his sons and daughters responsibilities because laziness was not his way. He was respected and loved by you Mommy Lazarus and all who abided within his household and we know how it went for those of us who did not (smile). The love and bond of his family have made an impact in many ways whether it’s through friendship or society. I have many stories to cherish and to think back on of this family and l am so grateful. Daddy Lazarus has touched so many and his legacy will continue to live on through the seeds he has planted.. He continues to be very dear to me and even though his presence will be missed, I will never forget his laughter, hugs, and how he treated me as his own . .. Sleep well Daddy Lazarus.. My heartfelt condolences to my second family.
Love always,
god-daughter
Denise and the Watson Family

Biography

George Alvin Lazarus of Suffolk, Virginia, passed away peacefully on June 20,
2020 at the age of 79.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Winsome Lazarus (nee Fong Yee); his 12 children, Damion, Annie, Deyon (Mark Witnik), Arlene, Donovan (Mai), Dawn, Michael (Michelle), David (Lawana), Cary, Kevin (Nickeisha), Tysen, and Lisa; 17 grandchildren, Matthew Joseph, Kerri Thomas, Richard Freckleton, Mikel Shabazz, Alicia Weston, Paige Freckleton, Elias Lazarus, Khalema Shabazz, David Roberts, Taylor Roberts, Malia Lazarus, Nicholas Lazarus, Cecilia Lazarus, Damion Lazarus, Jr., John Price McGregor, Jonathan Lazarus, and Elizabeth Francis; and his brother, Nigel Lazarus. He is predeceased by his parents, Elias and Grace (nee Smith), and brother Ameen.

George was born on July 10, 1940, in Kingston, Jamaica, and attended St. George’s College where he excelled in the arts and sports. With a work ethic that would make any Jamaican blush, George was an industrious entrepreneur and owned and operated several businesses in Kingston, Jamaica and Hartford, Connecticut, where he immigrated with his family in 1978.

George enjoyed boxing, cricket, and soccer; loved music, especially country; and was an avid dancer. He was a sharp dresser with a captivating personality, and everyone knew festivities did not really begin until George arrived, which often involved lots of food and a game of dominoes.

A “prayer warrior”, George was a devout Catholic and routinely acknowledged his blessings and was appreciative of all his doctors, nurses, healthcare and homecare professionals at Cleveland Clinic (FL), Bon Secours St. Mary (VA), Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute and DaVita Dialysis Center.

In celebration of George’s life, a private memorial service will be held on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Woodlawn Funeral Home located at 6329 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23502. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (40
Enterprise Parkway, Hampton VA 23666) and the National Kidney Foundation of Virginia (1622 E. Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23228).