SCHWEER, GEORGE W. In memory and in celebration of a man who made this world a brighter and better place. George William Schweer III is a true hero. Our hearts were broken when he said good-bye on May 31st after fighting a courageous battle from a lung transplant of nine months ago. As he drew his last breath his hands were held by his loving wife, Cookie, as they held hands when they were married over 45 years ago. His devoted and loving sons George IV and Cory were also at his bedside. George was born in Morristown, NJ. His family moved to La Mesa when he was eight years old. He graduated from Grossmont High School in 1962; he was a great athlete and lettered in three sports. He joined the Army and served for three years. He met Cookie in Indianapolis and they were married at 19. He is known to tell all newlyweds; "Don't go to bed angry, stay up and fight". He graduated from SDSU and began his teaching career. He retired early; joined Cookie and his sons in real estate and formed Team Schweer Inc. He traveled extensively and loved golf; he played all the well known courses in the US and Canada. His dream was fulfilled when he went to Scotland and played the "Old Course" at St. Andrews. He coached in the San Carlos and Fletcher Hills baseball leagues. He loved the game and encouraged his players to do their best. He was blessed with three grandchildren, Taylor, 10, Blake, 5 and Tyler, 4. They were the loves of his life and reason he fought so hard to live. George is survived by his three brothers; Rick, Fred and Larry, sisters-in-law Teresa and Margaret, nephews, Fred and Scott; nieces Jami and Jennifer and his paternal Aunt Muriel of Houston, TX. The support and prayers from family and friends was greatly appreciated by his wife and sons. Although George is beyond the reach of our arms; he will always be embraced by our never ending love.

Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Jun. 12, 2011.
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Remembering the great times spent together with you and your family. Whether having a meal, watching the Chargers playoff game ( the greatest NFL game ever ) with the boys, playing doubles tennis ( Geo & I vrs Grandpa Schweer and yourself ) or playing baseball/basketball/football in your front yard, it was always a great time. The cheeriness and laughter when Grandma Schweer and Rick were over lit up the house. Miss those days and miss you and Mrs. Schweer. RIP.
Peter Gargano
June 6, 2019
Mr. Schweer was my baseball manager back in 1977! He took us Padres all the way to the championship and we were the victors. He was a memorable figure in my life and it was one of the most memorable seasons of my baseball career. I will never forget him and his family. A season of faith's perfection!
Jeff Green
February 19, 2019
I only knew Mr Schweer for the 2 years I worked at Oak Grove MS as a school psychologist. What makes our relationship a bit unusual was that I was a student of his father, Mr. George Schweer way back in 1959-60 at Lewis Jr High in San Diego (Allied Gardens). I have had a special place in my heart for both the father and son Schweer. Rest In Peace, both of you.
Judy Jones
December 27, 2018
I was so sad to hear of Georges' passing. He was truly one of the last of the Good Guys. My sympathies to Cookie, the boys and family. I know he is in heaven, looking down on his family and friends.George may you dwell
in the arms of our Lord and rest in peace, until we meet again.
Jean Walters
June 28, 2011

George will be sorely missed on Rippey Street. His sunny smile and loading golf clubs to and from his car was a nice everyday comfort. He is a model for a great husband and father to all of us.
Susan Dandridge
June 22, 2011
My mom shared with me the news of Mr. Schweer's passing. I was one of the many siblings in my family as well as many students at Jamul Las Flores who looked up to the coolest teacher on campus! He was always fun, even when he was trying to be stern. I was able to get reacquainted with Mr. Schweer as an adult through a co-worker at the time, Guy Long, along with Mrs. Spilger a Valhalla teacher at a back yard party... what a small world. Mr. Schweer had that child like sneeky deep laugh and I will remember him fondly. My sympathy to the Schweer Family.
Michele Miller (Nierodzinski)
June 22, 2011
Mr. Schweer was kind, affable, caring and considerate. I offer my heart-felt condolences to his nuclear and extended families. Growing up on the same street, the Schweer house was a veritable second home to me as an adolecent and close friend of George IV. I was always treated like a member of the family. I will never forget the consumate patience displayed by Mr. Schweer and his brother Larry as my coaches in my first year of baseball. Although immeasurably difficult, the family collectively and valiantly fought to the end. Mrs. Schweer, George IV, and Cory, may God comfort you all during this difficult time.

What a caterpillar calls the end of life, wise men call a butterfly.

Chinese Proverb
Peter Gargano
June 17, 2011
I was truly saddened by the news that Mr. Schweer had passed away! I will always remember Mr. Schweer as a great teacher of mine! His love of teaching and his sense of humor is something that always makes me smile! I am blessed to have known him and to have had him in my life! May your memories always hold you close!
Cyndy Hoffmann (Davis)
June 16, 2011
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family on the passing of George. I want you to know I am thinking of you.
Please let me know if there's anything I can do.Affectionately,Jan Fleming
June 15, 2011
I was very sad when I read that Mr. Schweer passed.
He was my math teacher at PHHS or at least he tryed to teach me.
To the Schweer family God Bless you all.

debbie kernes (masingale)
Lake Elsinore, Ca
June 14, 2011
I was also a student of Mr. Schweer's at Grove Middle School. More than 30 years later, I still remember him fondly. His humorous, dynamic teaching style was very effective and made his classes fun. He was dedicated to his profession and enjoyed what he did. He made quite an impression on us and was a favorite at Oak Grove. I remember how often he spoke of his family, who he clearly loved very much. He will be missed.
Cheryl Stengel (Weimer)
June 14, 2011
I was deeply saddened when hearing of George's passing. George positively touched the lives of so many people - me included. I had the pleasure of teaching with George at Oak Grove Middle School and saw firsthand the impact he had on his students. They loved him! I have fond memories of his practical jokes, after school golf outings with George and Gary Kehle at Singing Hills, George "schooling" all of us at the 3 on 3 basketball tournament at my home on an 8 ft. rim (yes, he almost tore the roof of my garage down with a dunk), and many, many more. To this day, I have posted in my office, an email George sent out on November 19, 2009 titled "Two Wolves" - a heartwarming and inspirational piece on life that obviously touched George and was something he chose to share with others. I'm honored that I was on his list of recipients and have a daily reminder of him.

Cookie, George Jr., and Cory - please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.
Tim Scheidt
June 14, 2011
George to me was one of the most caring individuals, who truly enjoyed young people. As a teacher at Oak Grove he would reach out to children who sometimes just needed a friend. He touched many of the students lives in a positive way and will long be remembered by them.His laughter, silly jokes and good humor will always be remembered. That and his passion for sports. He always spoke highly of Cookie and his children. He loved them dearly as he loved life. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Marcia Spurgeon
Marcia Spurgeon
June 14, 2011
I remember George in my heart with his big smile and loving kindness to everyone. I will truly miss him when I visit with the Schweer family. George and Cookie always welcomed me with open arms. I extend my deepest sympathy to his entire family. Bev Hudman
June 14, 2011
The Big Guy with a big heart and a simile to match was my Big Brother. He set the course and raised the bar for me to follow. I was always proud to be called George's brother; if only in his shadow. I enjoyed watching him play, teach, coach, and had many opportunities to meet his friends and students over the years. They loved him too. His is a Hero. George celebrates much success in life that is shared with his wife Cookie and their wonderful kids, George and Cory. He was our Dad's favorite and for good reason. Dad would brag on us all, but there was an extra twinkle in his eye when he talked about George. I have that same feeling as i reflect on how proud i am to be his little brother, Larry
Larry Schweer
June 14, 2011
So glad I had the privilege to meet George while at Cedars Sinai hospital. His love for his family was so evident and I am also glad to have witnessed his courage and determination through his journey.
My thoughts and prayers are with Cookie and family. She has become a precious friend.
Jackie Rogers
June 14, 2011
My condolences to Cookie and the family. George and Cookie were my favorites when they came to Perry's restaurant and I waited on them regularly.I loved the whole family.
donna Manckia
June 14, 2011
The world was a better place because of George Schweer. I was his teachers aide at Oak Grove. It was a pleasure to work with him. He was a good teacher and a good friend. The world was a better place because of him. Fay May
Fay May
June 14, 2011
The loss of George brings back many fond and happy memories of La Mesa Junior High and Grossmont High School. The GHS reunions won't be the same without him. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

With Heartfelt Sympathy,
Barbara Weichelt Shopp
Barbara Shopp
June 14, 2011
Mr Schweer was my math teacher from sixth thru eighth grade at Oak Grove,I remember his wittyness during class and also being on my toes in his class he had no problem sending you to Mrs.Mackie office for a little talk.
Will be missed.RIP MR. Schweer
Adam King
June 13, 2011
Mr. Scheweer taught my three children, Todd Sayles, Julie Kistrup and Mark Sayles(Mark went home to be with the Lord on Dec.27,2007) they all three loved George and he will be missed by all.Love & Blessing to his family. K. Kistrup
Karen Kistrup
June 13, 2011
Rest in Peace, You have touched the lives of many, through them your memory shall live on. May we all take a peace of your legacy in our hearts forever. You are Loved !
Kenneth Hendrie
June 13, 2011
I was also one of Mr. Schweer's students at Oak Grove. His humor and relaxed attitude in the classroom made my worst subject bearable. I know he positively influenced many students who will always remember him fondly. May he rest in peace.
Kimberly Verduzco
June 13, 2011
Mr. Schweer was one of the best teachers I had as a young kid at Oak Grove. He had sayings that are still with me today at 42 years old. His knowledge and teaching that he added to this life will be missed.

RIP Sir.
Dale Pearson
June 13, 2011
I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to call George a friend. His inspiration, humor, and love for his family continue to bring me smiles, even at a time of loss. Cookie, I will always remember being at the office and looking up just in time to see George dancing his way into the doorway and of course, that was immediately followed by jokes. He always made me laugh and taught me so much about his passion for showed in everything he did!
My heart is sad knowing that it will be a bit of time before we meet up with George again but at the same time I smile because I know he is still teaching us something this very to appreciate wonderful memories and family. Thank you George! We love you ?

Always in our hearts,
Celli Geyer & Family
Celli Geyer
June 12, 2011
My name is Tammy Olivieri(Rodriguez), and I loved Mr. Schweer. I was a student long, long ago at Oak Grove. I have been a P.E. teacher at Greenfield Middle School since 2002 and he is one of the reasons I decided to teach in Middle School. I do remember Cookie and his family that he always bragged about. I love Math to this day and with out him as a Math teacher in junior high I would of never had the passion of learning or teaching! I have NEVER forgotten him and NEVER will! To all his family, you are all in my prayers! I thank God this very moment for him in my life! Thank you! Love, Tammy
June 12, 2011
June 13, 2011
My heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Schweer and family. I had the honor of being one of Mr. Schweer's students at OGMS back in the day. Mr. Schweer had a tremendous sense of humor. He was a gifted teacher who made learning fun with his wit and charm. I'll always smile when I remember seeing him roll into the school parking lot in his little sports car...he was just too cool. The student body adored him. My prayers are with you. May The Lord comfort you in this time of sorrow.
Sherry Pendray
June 12, 2011
Mr. Schweer was one of my favorite Jr. High teachers at Oak Grove 78-80. I hold only the fondest memories of the man who made math fun. Loving thoughts and prayers to his family.
Jodi Mc Bride (Fletcher)
June 12, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. George was a favorite teacher at Oak Grove for so many of our children. He made learning fun! He had a great sense of humor and was always so uplifting! He will be missed. My prayers are with you. Kay Findlater
June 12, 2011
Dear Cookie and Boys,
How very saddened I was to learn about George and so sorry that I did not know he was so ill. He was “bigger than life” to his students and his smile really “lit up a room”! I have been interviewing students, writing a monthly article on Oak Grove Grads, and so many credit George with inspiring them to love math and to pursue math as a career. He would be so very proud of them! His influence will be felt long after he taught them, and they will continue to teach others to love math as well! That is a legacy of which he would be very proud! Thanks for sharing him with us!
Janet Mulder
Janet Mulder
June 12, 2011
Dear Schweer family,

Please accept my condolences for your loss. Mr Schweer was my favorite teacher.I will always remember his smile and what a kind person he was.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Rhonda Bingham (Jamul, California.)
June 12, 2011
Dear Cookie and family, You did everything possible to protect George through this journey. We all know the love and support you, the boys and the brothers gave. No one could have done more. We pray that knowing this will give all of you strength in the coming days.
We will always remember the fun we had in baseball, his quick wit, ready laugh, his thoughtfulness to others; following and asking about our own kids endeavors' through school and beyond, even our "caboose" Taylor. Cookie, when thinking of the two of you together, I recall whenever George spoke to you or about you, he called you 'Cook' in a way no one else could; it always sounded so special coming from him. And of course, it was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jeanne and Bob Eichhorst and family
June 12, 2011
With heartfelt sympathy. From Richard and Evelyn Abouserhal and Family.
June 12, 2011
I was deeply saddened to learn of George's passing. He was my best friend at La Mesa Junior High School and we played on the same National Little League team (Severin Manor). We shared much in those days and I never forgot him as the years passed.

He was a wonderful, decent person and I'll miss him greatly.

Mike and Jeannie Huse
Michael Huse
June 12, 2011
I only knew George a short time, but knew he was a wonderful husband and Father.Cookie you have wonderful memories that will never leave you. I am so sorry for you, George and Corey and all of the Grandchildren.
Pamela Kilgore
June 12, 2011
Dear Schweer family,our mother, Mary, brothers Dan, Tom, Bill(Gus) Jim and John
remember George so well and the entire family through our years in Little League, Pony league and high school sports. We are so saddened by his passing. We remember storing George and Cookie's mobile home in our back lot when George got out of the Army. Our parents Max and Mary ALWAYS enjoyed the parents George and Jane and their sons George Rick, Fred and Larry. They were a very happy part of our family history together and we all share great sadness in George's passing. We know he will always be missed. Our thoughts and prayers to all. The Denhart Family
June 12, 2011
Dear Cookie and Family,

I was so glad I got to see the both of you a few years ago at our little OGMS reunion.
I loved working with George. His sense of humor was much appreciated. I had a tremendous amount of respect for him.
I wish you and your family my very deepest condolences. I know your memories will help you through this difficult time.
Robyn Shorr
June 12, 2011

I was truly saddened to hear about the passing of George.
We had known each other for years. We grew up playing against each other in the La Mesa National Little League and all the way through the Pony and Colt leagues. We finally got to played together on the Grossment Football, Basketball and Baseball teams. Thats when I really found out what an outstanding athlete he was. We both graduated in 1962. Even though I left and went into the Air Force, we were able to play golf together a few times when I was back in La Mesa visiting. This to me personally is truly a great loss, I will miss him.
My sympathy goes out to his family. But he will always be with you.
Frank Olson
June 12, 2011
I was sorry to hear that George is no long with us on this plane...I remember him from Grossmont HS as an exceptional athlete who always had a smile on his face.
Sandy Kochian-Weber
June 12, 2011
Ben and I have been blessed with 45 years of friendship with Cookie and George. So many wonderful memories of our fun times together and our kids growing up together. George was blessed with a tremendous sense of humor and could always see the joy in life.

He was a tremendous friend, loving husband, and devoted father and grandfather. Our life was much better because he was a part of it. A very cherished friend.

Our hearts go out to Cookie, George and Cory for the loss of their beloved husband and father. Cherish the memories and know that he will always be in your hearts.

RIP George.

Ben and Jane McClure
Ben and Jane McClure
June 12, 2011
I first met George at Grossmont HS. He was a mighty senior and I a lowly freshman, so he was definitely the "big man on campus" to me. I really got to know and love him when we moved back to Fletcher Hills and our boys played sports (little league) together. There was an immediate connection to the entire family. My husband Ron became a close friend and fellow competitor in baseball and basketball. Our children became close friends, and Cookie and I became the best of friends. We share many memories of those 8 years in San Diego. They and George will remain alive in our hearts forever.
Joyce Novak
June 12, 2011
I was truly saddened to read that George had passed away. I first met George when we played in the La Mesa National Little League. He played for Severin Manor and I played for Food Basket. We finally played together in Colt League for Tipton Olds and for 4 years at Grossmont HS. I will always remember George as exceptional athlete and an even better person.
My sympathy goes out to the entire Schweer Family.
Mac McIntosh
June 12, 2011
George was my 'big brother'.....he was a warm, witty, wonderful man and like our dad, he loved us all 'unconditionally'.

Even though we were all now in our 60's, when the '4 Schweer boys' got together, you'd think we were all still at Grossmont High School, laughing at the same silly jokes, teasing about our 'conquests', just acting stupid.

Where did the time go?

My brother loved his family so very much. Cookie 'stood by her man' as he endured 9 (+) months trying to recover from his lung transplant. Sadly it wasn't to be. His sons were there to support him as well as all of us (his brothers and their wives) but despite all our hopes and prayers for him to regain his strength, we lost him. A void will fill our hearts, but we were blessed to have him in our lives. He enriched us all.

I miss you so much George and wish I could give you one more big brotherly hug and I will always love you.
Rick Schweer
June 12, 2011
Cookie Schweer
June 12, 2011
Big George was one of the first people I met upon moving to San Diego. As a colleague and friend he was golden. He was a big guy with a big heart to match. I will never forget our days together at Oak Grove Middle School, our hard fought tennis matches on the weekends, or our animated discussions about the local sports teams of which George was a loyal fan. My heart felt condolences to his wife Cookie and his entire family. R.I.P. my friend.
Bill Tapp
June 12, 2011
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