George Albert Cason Sr.
October 3, 1931 - February 2, 2021
George Albert Cason Sr. passed peacefully at his home in Bybee, Virginia on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at the age of 89. He was born October 3, 1931 in the Pantops area of Albemarle County, as the seventh son of Mary Lee Pittman Cason and Leonard Ezra Cason Sr.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Hazel J. Cason, son Richard Cason Sr.; grandson, Tommy Holland, and his six brothers. He is survived by his three remaining children, George A. Cason Jr., Jacqueline Cason Cornachio, and Hazel "Patty" Cason Holland; ten grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; his sister, Nancy Roberts; and many nieces and nephews.
George was a loving and generous father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who was always quick with a joke or funny story. He always maintained a positive outlook on life and his influence impacted so many people. He was proudest of his service in the Army Air Corps where he was primarily stationed in Okinawa, Japan, his work to establish the Charlottesville City Market in 1973, and his charitable contributions to Meals on Wheels. George and the other Cason brothers were well-known throughout Charlottesville for hand making wreaths and selling Christmas trees during the holidays. As with the City Market, he was a visionary and started the first outdoor dining on the city's downtown mall with his restaurant "The Muse" now known as Miller's. George worked for Cropp Brothers Real Estate in his younger years and finished his working career with Cason's Landscaping and Nursery, a business he co-owned with his son Richard, for nearly twenty years. He loved spending time in the outdoors, hunting and fishing, vegetable gardening, and interacting with his many friends and customers at the City Market.
Special thanks to Sharon Trader Cason, his daughter-in-law, who lovingly cared for George in his last years.
A memorial service and celebration for family and friends will be held in George's honor at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Hospice of the Piedmont at hopeva.org
. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com
Published by Daily Progress on Feb. 7, 2021.