Memorial this Saturday for longtime West Seattleite George Carfrae

Services are planned this Saturday for George Carfrae, whose family shares this remembrance:

George Carfrae, 77, of West Seattle, passed away from complications related to Parkinson’s disease April 9, 2012. He died peacefully, surrounded by his family. George was born in Seattle January 2, 1935.

He graduated from West Seattle HS in 1953 and received an Associate’s degree from South Seattle Community College.

George married Joyce Thomason April 23, 1954. He worked as a cost estimator at Todd Shipyards and Foss Maritime and served in the US Army from 1957-1965. He enjoyed gardening, traveling and playing cribbage.

He is survived by his wife Joyce, daughters Carol Pennie (Jim) and Carrie Ferrulli, grandchildren Catherine, Michael, Victoria and William, his brother-in-law John B. Thomason (Barbara), and his sister Catherine Rhodes.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to his compassionate medical staff at Swedish Medical Center (Main and Cherry Hill campuses), Park West Skilled Nursing and The Kenney.

Funeral services will be held April 21, 2012, 1 pm, at Admiral Congregational in West Seattle. Donations can be sent in George’s memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or The Kenney Memory Care c/o The Kenney Foundation.


Following the service, please join our family for refreshments to celebrate George’s life at Carrie’s home, located at 4821 SW Spokane Street.

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4 Replies to "Memorial this Saturday for longtime West Seattleite George Carfrae"

  • Kristi April 18, 2012 (12:01 pm)

    Since 1990 George was my wonderful neighbor along with his wife Joyce. He was a very good and kind person with integrity and was always doing nice things for the neighbors such as bringing in garbage cans (weekly for many years!) or mowing an elderly neighbor’s lawn. He is greatly missed.

  • Tom Pennie April 18, 2012 (5:42 pm)


    I am very sorry to hear about the unexpected loss of your dad – we’ll be in touch soon.

    All our love.

  • alex bazemore April 18, 2012 (7:11 pm)

    George was my uncle.
    I will miss him,my mother will miss her little brother.
    Thanks to the neighbor for writting in such a nice comment.
    My uncle was always very kind to me,he always

  • Leslie Markey (Rhodes) April 19, 2012 (6:20 pm)

    As George’s only sister, Catherine, I send our heartfelt blessings to Joyce, Carol and Carrie. Dear brother, I can’t imagine you are no longer with us and no longer just around the corner in West Seattle. But I knew you to be a steadfast, quiet and thoughtful man who had an exceptional family. You were so like our Scotland-born father in looks and manner…Frae Bonnie Scotland.

    George and Joyce made it all look easy – they knew how to live right and well. My family (Greg, Chris, Scott, Alex, Leslie) have very fond memories of being at Lake Morton, and especially of you and the boys shaving the trees to build the house! All my love goes out to your beautiful daughters; Carol and Carrie.
    -Catherine Rhodes

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