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George died on July 28, 2012 at the age of 90. A native of Cincinnati, he was born in 1921 and attended Walnut Hills High School before going on to the University of Cincinnati for a bachelor's degree in economics. After college, he served in the United States Navy in the Pacific during World War II, as a lieutenant and one of the commanders of the USS Dawn. Following the war, George returned to Cincinnati to serve as president of Fabe Construction Company, a position he held for over 30 years. He built many houses and apartment buildings in Cincinnati, including the Edgecliff near Eden Park. At the age of 57, he decided to go to law school, choosing the University of Cincinnati College of Law. A life-long learner, George remarked that he enjoyed law school because it was so intellectually challenging. After graduating from UC Law, George served in Governor Richard Celeste's cabinet as the Insurance Commissioner for the State of Ohio from 1982 until 1990. He is described by his children as being the most loyal and supportive father a child could ever have. His many friends have characterized him as a generous and steadfast friend, and he continued to make new friends through his last days, including many at Marjorie P Lee in Hyde Park. He is survived by his wife, Mary Bruce Cobb, and his children, Dana, Lissy, Bill, and Ellie Fabe. His fifth child, George, died in 1977. He is also survived by his children's spouses, Randy Simpson, Chris Taylor, Carolyn Fabe, and Frank Russell; his eight grandchildren, Mia Simpson; Andy, Ben, and Robin Taylor-Fabe; David and Charlotte Fabe; and Georgie and Reed Russell; his three stepchildren, Mary Rousselot, Louise Medaris, and Paul Cobb; and his two sisters, Peachy Spielberg and Cherry Michelman. A memorial celebration is planned for Saturday, August 18 at the University Club at 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in George's name to Tender Mercies, Inc., P.O. Box 14465; Cincinnati, OH, 45250. Online condolences at schaeferbusbyfuneralhome.com
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Aug. 5, 2012