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Lyons, George H.
George H. Lyons of Paradise Valley (born on March 6, 1947) passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. George lived a happy, radiating, and full life, and will be remembered with a smile by everyone who had the good fortune to come into contact with him. He had many, many friends, and not a single foe. He was not only an astute and well-respected trial attorney, but truly a good, genuine, gregarious gentleman of absolute honor and integrity. With his passing, a true and dear friend has been lost, along with his wonderful and ever-present sense of humor, which he believed to be the medicine of life. George would not want an obituary that would dwell on his many accomplishments. He would instead just want people to know that he has simply moved along, happily and peacefully just as he lived every day of his life, and that other than taking a moment out to howl at the moon, they should just move on with their lives too, concentrating, as he and Ronnie did, on living life to the fullest, and with lots of humor and good will. George had a way of making people appreciate life, smile about whatever they had in hand, and assess how they could bring some happiness to those around them. George not only signed off on every communication with "peace and love," he lived and truly believed those simple important concepts. His family asks that anyone touched by George just embrace and live those concepts in remembrance of him. George graduated from Notre Dame Law School with a heart of gold. George is survived by his wife, high school sweetheart, co-captain of his ship and soul mate: Ronnie; his wonderful sons and wives, Doug and Tricia, Keegan and Michelle; and his beautiful daughter, Cammie. George is also survived by his mother, brother Ray, sister Carol, and four grandchildren: Alex, Gabriel, Brianna and Alexis. A memorial celebration of George's life will be held in October with information to be circulated after plans are set. In George's memory, the family suggests donations to their preferred charity or to AZ Foundation for Legal Services & Education (; Community Legal Services ( or St. Joseph the Worker (;

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Sep. 15, 2013.
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September 9, 2020
We remember George everytime we set foot on a sailboat, which is every day! He is still a delight...
Michael Mcallister
September 9, 2019
A great person and ssilor.
George Oconnor
November 9, 2014
All my love for you, my high school sweetheart, my best friend, my unbelievable fantastic husband...My Soul Mate! You are missed every second of my life. Love always!
Your dear wife!
Proud to be Mrs. George Lyons!
Mrs. George Lyons
January 27, 2014
George, As I sit here and write this I am in a state of shock. I will always and forever be Thanking you for how you touched me and the boys life...I just saw this just now...!! George you will be missed...peace
Brenda Parlin
December 11, 2013
Dearest Aunt Ronnie, Cammie & Lyons Family,
What an honor and privilege to call George uncle and experience his carefree spirit, loving heart and generous nature. We had best of times visiting you both in sunny Arizona and made some super memories. He will be greatly missed.
With all our sympathy and love, Michele, Brian, & Bre
October 15, 2013
We just learned of George's death. What a great guy he was. I agree with the many who have emphasized his great sense of humor, his fairness, his intellect and his great skill as a lawyer. This world needs more like him. We will miss him. Our heartfelt condolences, Ronnie.
Joseph and Karen Moore
October 9, 2013
What a gift to have spent time with George and Ronnie in Del Mar shortly before George departed this earth.
He left a big hole in our lives. Until we meet again.

Pat and Larry Winthrop
October 9, 2013
I had the priviledge of working for George when he was CMB Ltd.. He was a kind and generous man, a great attorney, he will be missed, God Bless his family.
Thomas Burke
October 3, 2013
I just learned about George yesterday. The last time I saw George and Ronnie was at the market which is due to start October 19th. He is missed. Alice Colburn
October 1, 2013
George was one of the first attorneys that I ever worked for as a new paralegal. He was so kind and patient and always willing to teach. I am honored to have known him and to have learned from him.
Jennie Sharp (Fisher)
September 30, 2013
George was a fabulous attorney and a dear friend to Nancy and me.We will miss him,
Ed & Nancy Van Brunt
September 27, 2013
Our deepest sympathy! George was a kind hearted man who will be remembered with his kind heartedness!
Anne and Allison Burke
September 25, 2013
George was always too good to be true. He had a boatload of talent, was always in touch, and never misled anyone about anything. I will miss him for as long as I live and remember him for as long as I can. I called on him for favors dozens of times. He never asked one from me. That's what made George one of a kind.
Gary Stuart
September 23, 2013
Ronnie, Mike and I are George's cousins from Indiana and we just want to say how sorry we were to hear about George. He is surely in heaven as we all know. Gods blessings be with you and George's boys.
September 20, 2013
George made me feel like family, like an insider. I know so many are saddened by his loss. My heart goes out to them all
Scott Jacobson
September 20, 2013
I will always remember & miss "talking boats" with George, my Lion-Hearted friend & client.
Bob Thomas, Bob's Tropicals, Inc.
Bob's Tropicals, Inc.
September 19, 2013
Dear George,

You have been such a great friend! You & Ronnie took me to my first NBA game in Phoenix against the Spurs and I will never forget the game when we got to sit ON the floor next to the baskets - it was amazing! We have had so many fun times in AZ and most recently at the Peninsula in HK and on the junk in the harbour! so many happy memories to savour! thank you so much!
Nicola Yelland
September 19, 2013
We met George in 1972 when we all worked at Snell and Wilmer. He was definitely "one of the good guys." We were deeply shocked and saddened to learn of his passing. Our condolences to his family.
Jim and Lora Curtis
September 18, 2013
Dear Ronnie and Family,

Our hearts ache for you. We cannot know what you are going through, but do hope that you know we are thinking of you. George was a great gentleman and a friend. We will remember fondly the many times we spent together. Our wishes of ‘peace and love' are with you now and in the future.
Allan & Delia Alter
September 18, 2013
George was a very genuine and caring person that I had the pleasure to work with at Charles Brewer's Office. We need more people like George in this world.
September 18, 2013
Ronnie and family
May your memories of George fill the hole that I know is in all of your hearts. He was a champion to all of us here at the Foundation and I know that I will never say "peace and love" without remembering him and all he stood for. Nor will I see a green carnation and not remember the beauty he shared with everyone he met. May peace and love comfort you.
Susan Nusall
September 18, 2013
Ronnie we were so sad to hear about Georges passing away. We loved so much about him and we were looking forward to seeing both of you again in some far flung corner of the world . Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Love steve and norma
steve imbert
September 18, 2013
A great man who made sailing fun. His boat was appropriately named "Lion Heart".
Fair Winds my friend.
George OConnor
September 17, 2013
Dear Ronnie and family,
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on George's passing. We have very fond memories of the many fun times we have spent with you and George, mostly at Penn State gatherings and Pool Parties at your beautiful home. George will be greatly missed, but fondly remembered. It was a privilege to have known him and shared happy times together.

Bruce and Marcy Birnbaum
Bruce Birnbaum
September 17, 2013
Dear Ronnie ~
I haven't seen either of you since high school, but it was wonderful to know that your marriage had lasted and that you had a wonderful family together.
I was saddened to hear that George had passed away. I send you my heartfelt condolences and prayers for all of you during these upcoming days, weeks and months.
A friend from the past - Loretta (Hines) Murphy
September 17, 2013
We will all miss George being by your were the love of his life. We are so glad that he came into your life and into ours. We will miss him and his jovial presence, especially when dressed in green! Penn State is blue with such a loss. Love you, Tom and Linda Knepp
Linda Knepp
September 17, 2013
The world is a lesser place without George in it. He was a constant reminder that it is possible to maintain joy and humor in life no matter what. He will be missed.
My condolences to Ronnie.
Peter Santin
September 17, 2013
George was a fellow sailor, skipper and great friend. Everybody likes to say kind words when someone passes, but in George's case they come easy and true, just like the course he followed in life--true in every aspect.
Boy he will be missed! God speed lovely man, you lived your dreams and did not sail past them.

Cap'n Buck McAllister
September 17, 2013
Dear Ronnie, and Family:
George was the kind of person one does not forget even if knowing him for a short time.His kindness and winning smile. You and your family are in my thoughs and prayers
Mary Bridges
September 17, 2013
Ronnie, Mike and I were blessed to have met George. He went way beyond to help us and then shared you with us as well - which was such a treat. We will never forget his kindness. Peace and Love,
Mike and Sharon Rider
September 17, 2013
Dear Ronnie, Your friends in Pennsylvania are all with you in our hearts and minds.
Judi Sittler
September 16, 2013
You know how heartsick we are. We will miss George and consider ourselves so lucky to have been able to call him our friend! He was truly one of a kind and a tremendous person.The Law Profession and the world in general has lost a champion! Our deepest sympathies to the whole family!!!!
Jim and Jo Fitzpatrick
September 16, 2013
George was an inspiration to us all.Our love goes out to Ronnie and family. I can see him smiling and having a wonderful time at the Pulaski's house.
Jody Sharpe
September 16, 2013
I am so glad we got together in May when I was there. George will be missed and was truly a dear friend.
Char Stoppie
September 16, 2013
Dear Ronnie and Cammie, Mike and I are beyond heartbroken at George's passing. He truly was one of the nicest people we have ever met. His smile was so contagious and he was really one of the happiest, full of life people to ever grace life. We wish for peace for all of you in the days and weeks ahead.
Mike and Shannon Parys
September 16, 2013
Ronnie and family,
My prayers go out to you. Your classmate,
Virginia (Westrick) Pfeiffer
September 16, 2013
Dear Ronnie (and family):

Our dear George was such a kind and gentle man with a terrific sense of humor. He had an unequaled zest for life, exciting adventures, and love ( yours was an exceptional love story)!

George was truly a generous soul to his family and friends. Our hearts are filled with wonderful memories of the happy times the four of us spent together.

Please know that our arms are wrapped around you in "peace and love".
Pat and Paul Lowery
September 16, 2013
To Ronnie and your entire family, What a wonderful person George was - with such a sense of humor and love of life. Howard and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinners with Ronnie and George in that little French Bistro in Scottsdale in "Ronnie's" room with her paintings. And when George sent us the write up of your sailing trip off Kauai, we laughed and laughed. He reminded me of a big warm teddy bear with arms always outstretched ready to embrace Ronnie and the world. What a sad loss to life. Please know that he touched everyone he met if even briefly and that our prayers go out to you Ronnie and to his family. Much love, Carolyn Brancato and Howard
September 16, 2013
Dear Ronnie & Family - I know how much George loved you, Ronnie. And HEY! All those beautiful memories of your trips and travels together... I will never know the depth of the void you must be experiencing; my heart aches for you. Know that you are loved and that the world was a better place because of George. What a wonderful, wonderful man! What an honor it was to have known him and to have experienced his vibrant humor and passion for life. May the love and energy I send your way wrap their arms around you in comfort. May you find peace and understanding at this really difficult time. My best to you always -
Troy Bankord
September 16, 2013
A wonderful man who will be missed.
Robert Dwyer
September 16, 2013
I've known George since 1st grade and Ronnie since high school. Jack and I send our most sincerest condolences to his children, grandchildren, and to you, Ronnie. I think of George every time I get in the car and put the visor down - George never liked any part of the windshield obstructed!
Judy & Jack Gaffey
September 16, 2013
Peace be with you my friend
Janice Frantz
September 15, 2013
From a former worker at Brewer's Office, you are a great man and will be missed. See you on the other side.
Bill Chenausky
September 14, 2013
Peace be with you my friend,
Mike and Jean Palumbo
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