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George GELLY


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George GELLY Obituary
GELLY, George George Gelly died peacefully at home with his family in St. Paul on February 24th, 2018. George was born on August 5th, 1958, in Santa Monica, California, the second son of George Estes Vaughan Gelly and Dolores Calla McGettrick Gelly. He was named for his paternal grandfather, Captain George Balfour Gelly (USCG). He is survived by his wife, Colleen Mullen Gelly and their sons, Sylas Manley Gelly and Finnian Walker Gelly; son, Robert Vaughan Gelly, his mother, Dolores Gelly; sister, Mary Ann Gelly; brothers, Dr. John Andrew Gelly, James Vaughan Gelly and Arthur McGettrick Gelly; eight nephews and three nieces. Growing up in Sandy Springs, Georgia, George attended Holy Innocents Parish Day School, James L. Riley Elementary School, and Riverwood High School. George earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was a dedicated brother and officer of the Chi Phi fraternity. Beginning in the early 1970s, George discovered and dedicated himself to the emerging power of computer technology. During his long career, George prided himself on solving the most complex and challenging problems across an extremely broad range of software/hardware domains. Able to 'see' intricate and interdependent patterns, George came to be viewed as a visionary and key architect in complex projects. George began his career at Kurt Salmon and JMR Software. He went on to hold leadership positions at LifeLock, Intuit, UnitedHealth Group, Xerox, Staples, Rock-Tenn, KPMG Peat Marwick, and a number of startup companies, including Lumenos, CEE Systems, and Boomerang. While at Intuit, George's work resulted in the granting of two U.S. Patents in which George is listed as Inventor. George was most recently a technology strategist with PricewaterhouseCoopers, working with clients across a broad spectrum of industries around the globe. Immediately prior to PwC, George was Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Boomerang Systems, a visionary and complex robotics startup, where he displayed an uncommon level of diagnostic and problem-solving ability, vision and personal dedication at a tumultuous stage in that company's development. A professional colleague described George in 2012: "I had the honor and privilege of working with George. His technical insight, leadership, experience, superb communication skills, friendly demeanor, and personal integrity were all inspirational to me as well as the rest of the team. George has the rare gift of being proficient in a number of key areas which makes him an invaluable technical leader and resource as well as a general 'go-to' person on even the most complex large-scale projects. " George was a man of many passions, chief among them spending time with his family. His kind-hearted nature, humor, brilliance and zest for life gained him many lifelong friends. His many interests and eclectic activities included researching and collecting rare and sought-after bourbons, deep volunteer involvement in makers' spaces in different parts of the US, cooking, innovative Kickstarter products and new, novel technologies. His enthusiasm for life was contagious, and his absence from our lives leaves an immeasurable gulf. A celebration of George's life is planned for 4pm Saturday, April 21st at St. James Episcopal Church, Lawrence Chapel in Marietta. Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta will be handling the arrangements. www.mayeswarddobbins.com 770-428-1511.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 11, 2018
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