George Phillip Knapp
June 19, 1927-Sept. 1, 2017
Menlo Park, California
George Phillip Knapp, a long time resident of Menlo Park, died on Friday, Sept. 1, surrounded by his family at his daughter's home in Kauai, Hawaii.
George was born in San Francisco to Phillip and Helena Knapp on June 19, 1927. He moved to Burlingame with his family in 1940. He attended Burlingame High School and was active in the Sea Scouts.
He enlisted in the Navy as soon as he was able, near the end of World War Il. After the war, he became a journeyman electrician until his retirement.
Although he was an electrician by trade, George was known and admired as a creative and talented craftsman. He completely remodeled two homes as well as doing numerous upgrades to the family home. George's mark can still be found in many of the homes of his family and friends.
George was an active member of St. Denis church where he ushered for many years. It was also where he met Valerie, who became the love of his life. It was probably the bravest thing he ever did when in 1970 he married Valerie, who was widowed with four pre-teens.
With quiet patience George helped raise the four kids and in his way became a loving father to them. In their later years, George and Valerie enjoyed traveling with their square dancing group on cruises and casino trips as well as visits to friends and relatives.
George was preceded in death by his wife Valerie Knapp, parents Phillip and Helena Knapp, son Brian Skala, sister Elizabeth (Van) Sutton, and his niece Cynthia Sutton.
He is survived by his children, sons Paul (Yvonne) Sassone, Steve (Lea) Sassone, Mark (Yukiko) Sassone and daughter Maria (Robert "Joe") LaMadrid. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Chris (Aurora) Sassone, and Brandon Sassone, Elizabeth, Alex, Michele, and Noah LaMadrid, and Siena Sassone, and one great grandchild Brycen Sassone. Nephew Scott (Ollie) Sutton, Grand-Niece Elizabeth Sutton, and Great-Grand Nephew Ezekiel Sutton. Nephew Michael (Ruby) Sutton and Grand-Nephews Alexander & Jonathan Sutton.
His daughter Maria lovingly cared for him for the last 2 1/2 years of his life with the exceptional help of her three brothers and their families.
The family would also like to express their heartfelt gratitude to all of those who gave outstanding care, attention and love to George, and his family.
A celebration and remembrance of George's life along with his wife Valerie will be held in Menlo Park at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to the family C/O Maria LaMadrid, 5918 Uilani Place, Kapaa, HI. 96746.