I first met George in 1969. My employer, Matson Navigation Company, had just transferred me from San Francisco to their Pacific Northwest headquarters office in Portland, Oregon. Shortly thereafter I came to Seattle for a couple days to familiarize myself with Matson's Seattle operations. I met George at Matson Terminals, a subsidiary company that operated terminals and handled vessel stevedoring for Matson and a number of other steamship companies.
However, it was not until I became part of Matson's three-man satellite Seattle office two years later that I really got to know George. We developed an excellent working relationship. A couple years later he hired me to manage the Port of Seattle's newly developed Terminal 18 container yard which was managed by Seattle Crescent Container Service, a recently formed joint venture with which he was involved. It wasn't long before we were skiing together in Washington, Montana and British Columbia. Our families also shared family events and holidays.
Although I left the waterfront in the early 1980s, I continued to periodically see George. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to see his condo and share lunch with him just last year. In spite of several medical issues, he was in good spirits and talked of his love for his family and friends. He will be missed.