- 65 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 13, 1948
- Place of birth:
- Date of passing: May 25, 2014
- Place of passing:
Punta Gorda, Florida, United States
|Celebrate all that he was and all that he brought to those around him|
George Frederick Vincent, loving husband, enthusiastic father and grandfather, and loyal brother, passed away on May 25, 2014. He was just 57 years old when he was diagnosed with advanced multiple myeloma in 2005. He had been fighting this disease for nearly nine years when his brave battle ended peacefully at home in Punta Gorda, Florida. George is survived by his wife Shelley, their two daughters, Jennifer and Rebecca, six grandchildren, his sister Kathryn and his brother, Randolf.
George was born in Heemstede, Netherlands on November 13, 1948 to the late John and Iris Vincent, third of four children (siblings Randolf, Patricia - deceased, & Kathryn). They made several moves to Long Island, New York, Redwood City, California and Frankfurt, Germany before settling in Genoa City, Wisconsin. George graduated from Wilmot High School, then attended the University of Wisconsin, where he met his wife, Shelley. They were married in 1971. They eventually settled in Exeter, New Hampshire, where they raised their two daughters, Jennifer and Rebecca.
Upon graduation from college, George served in the U.S. Army, first as a helicopter pilot in Korea and later as an instructor pilot in Alabama. He began his civilian career as an Air Traffic Controller with the FAA. He later managed and flew for New Hampshire Helicopters. George established Tyco International's NH-based flight department and served as their chief pilot for many years. Following that, he worked as chief pilot for First Quality Enterprises in Long Island, New York. He concluding his career managing and flying a privately owned jet until 2005. In subsequent years, George flew on a part-time basis for JBI Helicopters in Pembroke, New Hampshire, until health related issues prevented him from meeting the physical requirements for a pilot's license.
George spent his life pursuing his love of aviation beginning as a young pilot who soloed in his Dad's Cessna 195 at the age of 16, through his stint as a helicopter pilot and in the army, and later in the world of corporate aviation where he combined his business and aviation acumen. George was never happier than when he was up in the air. His flight students and co-pilots speak reverentially about his piloting skill, his calm and his willingness to share his knowledge with others.
George also loved sports; he was both a runner and tri-athlete, and a sailor, but time on the ski mountain or scuba diving with his children and grandchildren was the most precious to him. He also loved cheering on his grandkids in whatever athletic endeavors they took on, never missing an opportunity to encourage his grandchildren's efforts at soccer, baseball, swimming or triathlons.
George defied the odds and lived amazingly well for almost nine years with multiple myeloma. He never lost his sense of humor or generosity of spirit. He was loved equally by his family, his friends and the doctors and nurses who cared for him. His loss is significant, but we will remember him forever and celebrate all that he was and all that he brought to those around him.
George's memory will be honored by his immediate family in a private Celebration of Life. We know many others were touched by George's life and we welcome you to share your stories, photos and memories on this site using the Stories tab.
If you wish to do something in George's memory, we ask that you consider making a contribution to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, an organization which has earned many accolades for its' ability to accelerate drug therapy development for this incurable disease. George was one of the many beneficiaries of drugs whose development and FDA approval was facilitated by this organization.
"Today all angels in haven are singing happy birthday to George, I am sure of that."
"George always was a gentleman with everyone, specially with me, a "brazilian nut" who loves aviation as he loved, although I became a lawyer. He will never be missed by the ones who knew him. God, I am sure, gave him blue skies and a gentle flight to heaven. Joe Bijos"
"There wasn't a nicer guy or a better gentlemen than George; I'm sure he's in a place where it's all smooth flying!"
"I distinctly remember the day I met George. In June 1971, Geoff and I along with 18 month old Lee Ann had just moved into a small duplex on 1st Avenue in Mineral Wells, Texas. Geoff was stationed at Ft. Wolters awaiting the beginning of Primary Helicopter Training for the U.S.Army. The married guys were lucky..at least until training started they lived off post with wives and families…. and the single men, who lived in barracks, were always coming over…looking for a home- cooked meal or a party. That day Geoff went to the door to greet a few guys looking for a beer and there on our porch was one of the handsomest young men I have ever met. He was tanned and smiling and sporting a cast on his arm. He was very happy and the other guys were teasing him because he was about to head home for his wedding to Shelley.
Shelley and George are friends of my Springtime and their friendship has meant the world to me, especially after I lost Geoff. Many people disappeared from my life instantaneously after that tragedy, but we have been friends, though the miles have separated us, for more than 40 years. They knew me when..and that matters. Recently we have enjoyed our relationship anew, and Roger and I have so enjoyed and treasured our time together.
I don’t think I will every meet another person who was as courageous and gracious as George Vincent. Though he was always in some pain, when we were with him, he never complained, but joked and kept on truckin’. He was truly an inspiration, I mean that. I am so very, very sorry to lose him as a friend and I will miss him. Of course I will always remember him schlocking on sun block and reading by the pool in Kauai, asking what time he should start the steaks for dinner, but I’d like to think that’s not who he is now…he’s that gorgeous young kid standing on my porch, sipping a beer with Geoff and looking forward to the next adventure. Love you, George.
Mary and Roger"
"I have fond memories of George as a good friend and neighbor during our active duty Army days at Ft. Rucker. Shelley and Kay became friends too, which made for great family times together – especially the beach weekends to Florida where our young daughters had their first beach experiences. George and I used to alternate between family talk and pilot shop talk, and it seemed like we could talk forever. He was the kind of friend that you always wanted to spend time with because he made the experience so enjoyable and memorable.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Shelley, Jennifer, Rebecca and all his family. God Bless you all!
Glen and Kay Martin"
"GEORGE WAS A GENTLEMAN AND A GOOD FRIEND AT WILMOT HIGH, HE NEVER LOST HIS HUMOR WITH THIS "BRAZILIAN NUT" HE ALWAYS WERE VERY CALM AND LIKED TO SHARE MY ADVENTURES BY LISTENING ALL THE STORIES THAT I HAD TO TELL ABOUT MY COUNTRY. WE ARE SAD TO KNOW ABOUT HIS DEPARTURE TO THE LEVEL ABOVE, BUT HAVEN NOW IS ENRICHED WITH HIS PRESENCE. REST IN PEACE MY DEAR FRIEND. JOE"
"George was one of my favorite people; I always enjoyed our dinners and our time skiing together; he was fun to be sharing these times with. I'll miss him as I know you will. What wonderful memories
that you have of him.
"George was one of the good guys and this world was a better place with him in it. He will be missed . May God bless him and his family"
"George was a wonderful man who will be dearly missed. Love to you all. May your memories be of comfort.
The Farrar Family"
"George was a great friend who you did not have to see frequently to know he was you friend. We saw each other several times a year, and solved the worlds problems on the chair lift and on the edge of the trail.
George was one of those rare people with no false airs. He was what you saw. He was so proud of his daughters, grand children, son in laws, and Shelley. I will never forget you George.
"George was the definition of a complete gentleman; may your soul rest in peace my friend."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you."
"George was an excellent commander for the New Hampshire National Guard. He was a very caring person and took care of his soldiers. I just loved George's personality.
Larry E Colby, CW5 (Ret)"
"George was an incredible good friend and a passionate aviator. I guess he is somewhere now where the rotor rpm never gets low and there are no bad landings.
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