George E. Westwood, captain in the Navy

George E. Westwood
George E. Westwood
Posted: August 07, 2014

George E. Westwood III, 60, a Philadelphia native who rose to the rank of captain in the Navy and served during the Gulf war and in Afghanistan, died July 28 after a long struggle with lung cancer.

Mr. Westwood, who lived in Jacksonville, Fla., died during a visit to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, said his daughter Mary Lena.

He was born in Philadelphia and graduated from William Penn Charter School. He then attended Rollins College in Florida and graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology.

He enrolled in Officer Candidate School for the Navy and was commissioned an ensign in 1979. In 1990, he was deployed to Italy in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Mr. Westwood, who flew helicopters and planes, left active duty in 1991 and joined the Naval Reserve. He became a commercial pilot for Trans World, Spirit, and American Airlines.

In 2007, Mr. Westwood deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom, and in 2008 he was awarded the Bronze Star and NATO Medal for operations in Afghanistan.

His favorite recognition was the Honorary Chief Petty Officer Award because it was voted on by the men under his command, his daughter said.

Although he lived in Florida, he still loved Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore, she said.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by sons George IV, Joseph, and Mark; daughter Tricia; three grandchildren; a sister; his former wife, Mary Westwood; and his companion, Elaine Tessina.

A viewing is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 819 E. Cathedral Rd., followed by a Memorial Mass at 1 p.m.

Donations in Mr. Westwood's name can be made to cancer research at www.mayoclinic.org.


bmoran@phillynews.com

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