George William Pasha III
79, was peacefully called to heaven surrounded by his family on August 20 after spending another fulfilling summer with loved ones making more fond memories at Lake Tahoe, one of his favorite places.
As a man of action, with an incredible entrepreneurial spirit, George touched the lives of all he encountered. He built an extraordinary transportation service business, The Pasha Group, founded by his father, and recalled some of his most satisfying days spent behind the wheel and under the stacks of car carriers. Incredibly simple and yet deeply complex was his vision expanding his father's gas stations and military POV stores into a vast global labyrinth of terminals, trucks and ships and people taking care of customers as he did his own family, with Irish assertion, stewardship, compassion, and grace.
George's greatest gift was his faith in God and people; he touched everyone and overwhelmed them with an uncanny and unreasonable generosity. Success came from his relationships, dreaming, strong will testing the limits of conventional medicine, quiet time looking at his favorite lake or adventures with those he loved boating in the waters of Alaska, Mexico, Cuba and beyond.
He shared his success with schools, hospitals, churches, cancer research, children, the homeless, and so many more.
His legacy carries on through his wife of 53 fun-filled years, Janet, five admiring children and their spouses: George IV (Elyse), Maureen, Michael (Dawniele), Mary Jane, John (Erin), his sister Donna Perasso (Claude), brother and sister in-law Fr. Michael G. Ryan and Sister Judy Ryan SNJM, and his fifteen grandchildren who called him Patwo.
God bless you, George!
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to University of San Francisco Campus Ministry (www.usfca.edu/giving
- Specify "University Ministry"), 10,000 degrees (www.10000degrees.org
), Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, Nashville (www.pearlpoint.org/sarahcannonfund
) or the charity closest to your heart in the spirit of his commitment to philanthropy.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Ave, San Francisco, California at 10:00 a.m. on August 28, followed by a reception on campus.
Of The Hills San Anselmo
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Aug. 22 to Aug. 27, 2014.