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Mr. George Gros
Graduated 1970

Home:
340 Hilltop Circle
New Iberia, LA 70563

Work:

Home Phone: 337-365-2008
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Email: ggros1@cox.net

OBITUARY George Thomas Gros – Football 1965, 66 – team photos provided

NEW IBERIA – George Thomas Gros entered into eternal rest Dec. 20, 2008. He passed away peacefully in his home in the loving arms of his wife and sons, surrounded by his cherished family after a hard fought and courageous battle with cancer.

Born Feb. 14, 1947, in Crowley, La., George was the eldest child of Lilly Sumrall and Leroy Gros. A life long resident of New Iberia he was a 1965 graduate of Catholic High School. A gifted athlete, he excelled in several sports and was a member of the State Championship Football Team. Away from the athletic field he demonstrated leadership skills in the classroom and student government. During this time he met his high school sweetheart and future wife, Carol Spiller and they began a 46 year journey together.

George was a graduate of USL with a degree in Biology. He began his career as a science teacher at New Iberia Middle School and upon obtaining a Masters Degree he became an assistant principal for 11 years. A strong proponent of education and athletics he gave freely of his time serving as President of the Iberia Teachers Association and as a volunteer coach for the football team. Upon leaving the field of education, George went to work in the oilfield where he made many friends over the years. For the past 28 years he was employed as a salesman for Thomas Tools (WH Energy) and was currently sales manager for LA., a position he held at the time of his death.

Always a believer in giving back to the community George was elected to and served on the Iberia Parish Council for 28 years. Those privileged to have served with him knew him for his honesty, integrity and one who truly had the “courage of his convictions”.

George was a force to be reckoned with in every setting, both personal and professional. Whether it was raising his sons, negotiating contracts or dealing with governmental agencies, he expected the best from everyone and cared deeply for those who cared for him. He was an example of moral and ethical leadership to his peers. There was no greater reward for those who knew George than to have earned his respect.

George had many interests including golfing, fishing, cooking, traveling and reading. He was a World War II history buff and was particularly interested in the history of the 101st Airborne, of which his father was a member. George was proud to have been named an honorary member of the C-506 company by the surviving members of the Normandy Invasion. However, his most treasured interest was spending time with family, friends and most importantly his granddaughters, Isabelle and Charlotte. He relished the role of “Pappy”.

He is survived by his wife Carol Spiller Gros of New Iberia; two sons, Thomas P. Gros and his wife Shannon of Chandler, Texas; Kevin M. Gros and his wife, Nano of Thibodaux, La.; one brother, Billy Gros, sisters, Barbara Tuite and her husband Patrick; Jeanie Gros and Sandra Henderson all of New Iberia; two grandchildren, Isabelle Grace Gros of Chandler, Texas, and Charlotte Karen Gros of Thibodaux, La. A special aunt and uncle, Jackie and Seth Sumrall of Morgan City also survive him.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are George and Carol’s nieces and nephews and their spouses.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at St Peter Catholic Church with Monsignor Keith DeRouen officiating and Deacon Jim Moss assisting.

Visiting hours will be observed at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Monday, with a rosary at 7 p.m. and will continue from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Pellerin Funeral Home of New Iberia, 502 Jefferson Terrace Blvd, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the George Gros Bone Marrow Drive or the Sisters of Mt. Carmel and Brothers of Catholic High.

To view on-line obituary, sign guestbook and view video tribute, go to www.pellerinfuneralhome.com
Published on December 22, 2008 by the Daily Advertiser.

Athletic Network Footnote: The Athletic Network extends condolences to his family and friends. George was a member of the 1965, 1966 football team.

Click here for the 1965 football team photo gallery: http://athleticnetwork.net/site254.php

Click here for the 1966 football team photo gallery: http://athleticnetwork.net/site255.php