George A. Fidler|
1940 ~ 2014
George A. Fidler passed away on January 31, 2014, while walking in the park, due to a chronic heart condition. George was born to Clyde Fidler and Laura Cassity Fidler on March 31, 1940, the oldest of four boys. George graduated from South High School in 1958; then went on to attend Salt Lake Trade Technical Institute and serve in the US Army. He turned his passion of working on cars into a long career as a mechanic. He was employed by several companies during his career including General Motors, International Harvester, Federal Express, US Welding and finally Sandy City Public Works. George was also an entrepreneur, over the years he owned an automatic transmission repair shop, a pizza restaurant, a Mexican restaurant and at one time was part owner of an Airport.
One of George's early hobbies was flying. He had well over 300 hours in various aircraft as a student pilot and owned a Luscombe and later a Super-Cub. Occasionally, with a little coaxing, he would tell tales about his escapades, such as the time he and a friend buzzed a bar on Beck Street to impress a girl, or the time he flew through the smoke from the Kennecott stack, which he said about killed him. When asked why he never got his pilot's license he simply replied "they can't take away what you haven't got."
It's safe to say that George was a character, an avid collector of tired iron and lover of a good (or bad) adventure. He enjoyed working on vintage cars and helping friends restore cars to their former glory. He was a friend to many and very generous, lending a helping hand and giving to those in need. As an organ donor, George's generosity to others extends beyond his life. It was something he would proudly state and encouraged everyone to do.
George is survived by his two brothers Rex (Fay) and David, his steadfast wife of forty-nine years Jeanne, children Quintin (Lori), Marissa, and Melinda, three grandchildren Sonia (Steven), Cameron, and Amelia, and two great-grand children Kaidyn and Kyson.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Larry.
In compliance with George's adamant request, no services will be held. In remembrance his friends should raise a glass and salute him, but don't tell too many stories about how great he was because as George put it: "I ain't, so don't!" As was George's wish, he will be cremated. In lieu of flowers please donate to the
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.jenkins-soffe.com.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Feb. 9, 2014