Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Obituaries

July 12, 2014

George Christopher McCloskey

MAYDELLE — George Christopher McCloskey passed away peacefully at home on July 1, 2014 after a short and courageous battle with cancer.  He was 49 years old.

“Chris” was born in Dallas, TX on June 19, 1965 to Libby & John McCloskey.  He grew up in Dallas and his family moved to Maydelle in East Texas when he was 13 years old.  He had a great interest in medicine and that love led him to become a Registered Nurse.  He moved back to Dallas after graduation and worked for many years in Home Health Care with HIV/aids patients.  In 1990, he met Brad Bailey, who became his soulmate and best friend.  After 24 years, he married the love of his life on June 21, 2014 in Sante Fe, NM.

Chris had an innate desire to learn and he always strived to do the best in every job he was given.  That desire eventually led him to Aetna, Inc. where he worked for 14 years as a Corporate Quality Reviewer.   In 1995 he was chosen as one of the Great 100 Nurses by the Dallas/Ft Worth Council of Nurses for excellence in the nursing field.  

In addition to an impactful career, Chris was President of ANGLE (Aetna Network of Gay & Lesbian Employees) and was instrumental in bringing equality and protection to the workplace for transgendered employees at Aetna, Inc.  

An opportunity to work remotely led him to choose Glenwood Springs, CO as his home.  He greatly loved his neighborhood and community.  Chris and his husband, Brad, were stage managers for the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts Dancer’s Dancing production for 7 years.  Chris was a very spiritual person who was involved in the GWS Unitarian Universalist Church for several years and held various positions in the church.  

Chris was a precocious child who became a creative, spirited adult.  He loved his home where he gardened to his heart’s delight!  He was a great writer, loved electronics, and had a passion for superheroes.  He loved to run and ran marathons in Dallas, TX, as well as 5K’s in the Roaring Fork Valley.  He was an avid rock and crystal collector, and he loved to walk trails to find them.  He loved 80’s music and especially Michael Jackson.  If you knew Chris, he was always singing and dancing, and would occasionally break out into a moonwalk!  He had a beautiful voice and was singing right up to a few days before his passing.  He loved his pets – Moxy, Bart and Frankie, all who loved him tremendously in return.

Chris is proceeded in death by his mother, Libby McCloskey.   He is survived by the family that he dearly loved – husband Bradley Bailey;  father John McCloskey; sister Cindy Mullanix and her husband, Greg Mullanix; and brother Bruce Tindell.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  All loved him dearly and will miss him greatly.  

 A celebration of Chris’ life will be held on Sunday, August 3rd at 10am in the backyard that he loved at 113 Polo Road in Glenwood Springs.   Donations may be made to Brad Bailey for a memorial bench that will be placed on the trail Chris and Brad loved to walk together close to the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers.

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