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I first met George at the Opera House--I had season tickets to the Ballet for many years. Then in 2003 when I moved to the Chateau @Bothell Landing--we met in the hallway--and realized where we had met before. I was privileged to call him a friend and was able to spend time at his 90th birthday party here at the Chateau.
We talked often and I will miss him. Ms. Jerry Rutherford
Betty and Marjorie:
You two have written a lovely obituary that captures the essence of your father.
I remember George discussing many things with my father. But most clearly I remember the motto, "buy low, sell high". From my early teen and teen years it seemed the conversation was always about the stock market with those two. I learned more than a little about the stock market by listening to their conversations, much more than I realized at the time.
George seemed to me to be a ball of emergy ready to tackle any task and help whenever he could. When my father was so ill during my high school years, George was the person who helped by mowing my parent's enormous lawn.
I remember loving to listen to him play the organ at your home, and having dinner with your family. Also I remember George playing in the Seafair Band during the late 1950's.
I will remember your father with kindness and joy, knowing he touched many lives so positively. To have lived 95 years and done so many things like the gardens, his music his ushering, his military involvenment, having a good marriage, and raising two wonderful children really are great accomplishments.
Death and grieving are never easy tasks, and the convoluted road is long. Try to take care of yourselves. I am sure George left the estate in good shape for you two to handle.
Please know your dad did the best he could, the very best, and that he loved you two, your mother and his grandchildren with all his heart. George was so very proud of his family.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Hello Betty and Marjorie:
I read your father's story with a real sense of connection with you. After all, I met him and your mother before they were even married! I must have been all of five or six years old at the time, and I still remember them having dinner with us at my parent's table in West Seattle.
I also remembered many times in which our family visited your family at the home you grew up in. There was always conversation, laughter, dessert, and most of all, music! I even remember playing my violin for your parents, while still just a kid.
Even after I married and moved away from Seattle, I would often see your folks when I came back in town. I loved the intense berry garden, and even remember George mailing me strawberry starter plans when I lived in Salt Lake City in the 1980's.
So you see, our history with your family goes back a very long ways.
We have not seen each other much over the years, and the last time was at your mother's funeral. I would hope to see you both again sometime when I visit Carlene in Seattle. Betty, are you still in Utah?
I know you both must be having many conflicting emotions now. The grief of your loss is endless, but so is the joy of having had such an amazing dad. Please take care of yourselves as you wade through the estate process. But if I know your dad, he left things in pretty good shape for you, just to take care of his girls who he loved so dearly,
Betty: I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. It was a wonderful tribute to your father - I totally forgot of all of his ushering at the Seattle Center. May the warm memories of him comfort you and your family during this time.