George died at home on May 25, 2023, he was 89. He was born in Stockton CA, May 22, 1934, to John & Virginia Medeiros; raised in San Leandro, CA from the age of 2 years by his Aunt Frances Perry & Uncle Manuel Dutra. George graduated in 1952 from San Leandro High. Between 1955-1960 he served with the US Navy and was deployed on the USS Princeton aircraft carrier, in the Pacific where he as a metal worker and aircraft mechanic.
On April 28, 1957, George Medeiros and Joyce Rebello were the first couple married in Niles Catholic Church. In 1965, George and Joyce moved with their two daughters to the Corralitos Community, where he volunteered for Corralitos Fire/Rescue until 1974, the Corralitos Padres from 1965-2023 and volunteered many hours including building the gates for Holy Eucharist Catholic Church. George continued his voluntarism with the construction of bookshelves at the Corralitos Library, made adobe bricks at the Castro Adobe State Historic Park as well as worked each year at the Santa Cruz Country Agricultural History Project. George was known for his unlimited amount of energy and ingenuity. In 1970, on our newly purchased property the first project George endeavored was to engineer and built our 8000-gallon water tank and run cast-iron pipe from the well to the tank. In conjunction, with his resourcefulness and the Sunset Book of Carpentry he built our home foundation to finish work. Among his numerous innovations was a pony cart for the enjoyment of his daughters. He designed and built more tools and devices than can be named.
George sold MacTools®, was a welder fabricator and mechanic for AL Ryder and K&T Trucking and finished his career at Waste Management in 1999.
After retirement George and Joyce travelled to Alaska, Portugal, the UK and numerous trips across the US on the Amtrak.
In 1972, George followed his passion to farm apples (afterwork and weekends). George had an incredible work ethic, and eventually George, Joyce, Lori and Julie together pruned, thinned, propped and picked over 80 acres of apples in the Corralitos area.
George is survived by his loving wife Joyce Medeiros of 66 years, daughters Lori Medeiros-Nicholson and Julie Bendinelli, sons-in-law Tony Nicholson and Tom Bendinelli, his four grandsons and their wives, Tyler and Whitney and two great-grandsons, Dominic and Bekah, Andrew and Colleen and Vincent. Also survived by his sisters Darlene Kincade-Young of Fresno CA and Vivian Espinosa of Carmichael CA and cousins Ron, Ken and Greg.
George was most proud of his four grandsons, the boys he always wanted! George will be remembered for his kindness, hard-work, ingenuity, patience and his never-ending sense of humor and his silly hats.
Services will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2023, at 10:00am at Ave Maria Memorial Chapel in Watsonville. In Lieu of flowers, please donate to Corralitos Padres.
We will miss our Old Man from Corralitos!