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George "Asa or Big G" Eidson Jr.

1926 - 2014 Notice Condolences Gallery
George "Asa or Big G" Eidson Jr. Notice
Eidson, Jr., George "Asa" or "Big G"George Eidson, Jr. (aka "Asa" or "Big G") passed away peacefully on January 29, 2014 as a result of congestive heart failure and severe C.O.P.D. George was born on May 2, 1926 in Albany, Georgia. He moved to Orlando, Florida in 1933 with his family. His father, George, Sr. opened the George Eidson Insurance Agency in 1943. George attended Mark Street Grammar School, Memorial Jr. High School and Orlando High School. After O.H.S., he attended one year of military training at the Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Georgia. George volunteered to fight in WWII and enlisted in the Navy. George was assigned to a destroyer and sailed from San Diego through Hawaii into the Solomon Islands and New Guinea. He served as a postman in charge of delivering the post as well as censoring the mail for Naval Intelligence. After serving in the military, George used the G.I. Bill to enroll at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Education was one of the loves of his life and he cherished his years as a SAE Fraternity Member in Charlottesville, Virginia. After attending the University of Virginia, he enrolled at the University of Florida College of Law where he graduated in 1950. It is in Gainesville that he fostered two other loves of his life which were the law and the Florida Fighting Gators. Upon returning to Orlando, he joined the Law Firm of Akerman, Dial and Akerman. George was the fifth member of the firm (lone associate) and worked on Pine Street where he reviewed abstracts and did various legal tasks. George worked hard and loved every minute that he spent in the law firm with his colleagues and partners. Akerman later became Akerman, Senterfitt and Eidson and now has over six hundred lawyers nationally. George served as the chairman of the firm and the head of the litigation department. George orchestrated the expansion of the practice down to Miami, Florida and was the motivating force to create a statewide practice. George maintained an office at the firm until his death. George married the late Elsie Mae McCoy in 1952. They had three children Sue Ann, Will and Frank. George loved to hunt and fish and be with his friends at the University Club. He was a member of the Florida Bar, Chairman of The Board of Trustees at the University of Florida School of Law and many other civic organizations, but it was his friends at the University Club that provided him a great place to tell stories and socialize. George was passionate about the Florida woods and classical music especially the opera. He spent countless nights listening to the opera with his beloved granddaughter Analisa. His grandsons will never forget the hunting camp and George organizing Thanksgiving for seventy-five people every year. The stories he told were priceless. George is survived by his three children Dr. Sue Ann Eidson, William Eidson and Frank Eidson (Cindy), his four grandchildren - Analisa, George, Don and Earl, his sister, Ann Eidson and his brother, Tedford Eidson (Betty). In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation be made to the Wounded Warrior Project to benefit the injured warriors returning from foreign wars. Donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Outdoors, Inc. c/o The First National Bank of Mount Dora, Post Office Box 95, Mount Dora, Florida 32756-0095. A reception will be held at the University Club on Friday, February 7, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Speakers to begin at 5:30 p.m.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Feb. 5, 2014
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