George K. Deane, one of the oldest conductors in the employ of the Pennsylvania railroad, died on Saturday, December 28th, at his home at Long Branch. He was 52 years old and his death was due to Bright's disease. He was active up to within a month of his death. Mr. Deane was born in France and the early part of his life was spent at Buenos Ayres (sic), South America. For 28 years he had been employed by the Pennsylvania railroad and for a number of years his run was between Jersey City and Point Pleasant. He had charge of the train which conveyed President Garfield from Washington to Elberon in 1881.
Mr. Deane had been twice married but both his wives are dead. Three children survive him. They are Mrs. M. C. Rosenstock and Effie and Sadie Deane, all of whom live at Long Branch. He was a member of the Masons lodge and was buried with Masonic honors. The floral offerings at his funeral were handsome. They included a sheaf of wheat and palms from the Pennsylvania railroad company, inscribed with the the words "God's Care"; a broken column from the Masonic lodge of Jersey City, a floral clock from friends in Philadelphia with the hands pointing to the hour of his death, and a pillow from his three children.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Jan 8, 1902