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Obituary for George Walter Owens

George "Pop" Owens
Egg Harbor Township, NJ - George "Pop" Owens, of Egg Harbor Township, passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 16th, 2023 at home.
Pop was born April 17, 1948 to Richard and Maria Owens in Philadelphia, Pa. He was the youngest of two children who spent his days as a child playing football, handball, and kick the can.
Pop joined the Navy in 1966 where he spent the majority of his time on an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea. He was honorably discharged in 1972.
After the Navy, Pop joined the Philadelphia Police Department where he proudly worked as a distinguished K-9 officer for over 20 years. Multiple times throughout his career, he and his K-9 partner, Thor, won K-9 team of the year, an accomplishment that he was very proud of.
After retiring from the police department, Pop moved to NJ and started his second career at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority. He started as an Enforcement Officer and by the time he retired 20 years later, he was the Recycling Center Manager.
Pop was an avid fisherman and loved spending as much time as he could on, and near, the water. Some of his most memorable fishing adventures were in Canada and the Florida Keys.
His greatest love in life was being surrounded by his family and those he considered family. Anyone who knew him, knew that he was happiest when his home was full of people that he could cook for. George was considered the Pop of the community. You only needed to meet him once to remember him forever.
Pop is survived by his loving wife, Erin Owens; his sister Marian Lampert of Hammonton; his 2 sons Chris (Jennifer) Owens of Alexandria, VA; Matthew (Joseph Cherney) Owens of Appleton, WI; daughter Lindsey (Michael) Passante of Egg Harbor Township; grandson Will Owens, 4 granddaughters, Camryn Owens, Ella Passante, Everly Passante, and Michaela Cherney – Owens; and his 2 very special fur children, Bubba and Bolt.
A small private burial ceremony will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the Atlantic County S.P.C.A