George Francis Floria “Pops”
Born on December 20, 1937 to parents, Bruno G. Floria and Mildred E. Harper Floria , at Providence Hospital in Washington DC. He was raised on Eversfield Drive in College Park, MD. Pops started school at St Jerome Catholic Elementary School and progressed on until his graduation from Carrol High School in 1957. He completed one year at Catholic University before going to work at the family owned, W.F. Harper and Sons Contractors, then took a job with National Savings and Trust Bank in Washington DC. It was here that he would meet the woman who would hold his heart and be his wife for 64 years. On April 18, 1959, Pops married Patricia Poyner. Their love would continue and grow by two, first a son they named George B. Floria, then a daughter named Teresa L. Floria Black. Pops was blessed with a total of six grandchildren and three of their spouses that he considered his grandchildren as well: Melyssa A. Black Bertucci and her husband, Vito F., Hunter A. Black, Nicholas J. Black and his wife, Jacquelyn, Jessica L. Floria Harper and her husband, Andrew L., Megan J. Floria, and George A. “Tony” Floria. Pops was also blessed with three great grandchildren; Mia N. Bertucci, Addison N. Black, and Jacob B. Black. He also leaves behind his younger siblings; William E. Floria and his wife, Nancy, Michele E. Floria Smith and her husband, Frank, and Joseph M. Floria and his wife, Patricia. He was also an uncle to nine nieces and nephews. After marrying Patricia, he left his job at the bank and went into business with his uncle, Ronnie Edwards, forming Edwards and Floria Contractors. In 1968, Pops broke away from Ronnie and began his own company, Floria Contractors. He operated his business for 35 years until his retirement at 65 years old. Pops lived his life always giving support and helpful to anyone that needed his assistance. He and his wife, Pat, got involved in managing the Marlboro Majorettes and Drum Corp from 1970 until their disbandment in 2000. This was a highlight of Pops’ life and the years he spent looking for places to participate in parades and driving the “bus”, with not a care as to their distance. These years defined him for many years. His name will also be familiar in most Fire Departments throughout Maryland because of these times. In addition to these activities, Pops also found the time to hold many positions within the Knights of Columbus. From 1991 to 2020, he served the positions of Grand Knight, District Warden, Christmas Card Co-Chairman, District Deputy, Columbus Day Ball Chairman, Columbus Day Program Marketing Chairman, and Retention Chairman twice.
The family will receive friends at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church 14908 Main Street, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 on Friday, May 19, 2023 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 8000 Woodyard Road, Clinton, MD 20735.