In Memorium: Major George H. Close
October 19, 2006
Oct. 20, 1911 to May 22, 2000: Dad would have been 95 today had he not passed away following a long and full life. He was born in Eureka, Calif., where he learned to love music. He moved to the Bay Area to attend U.C. Berkeley and worked at a Standard Gas Station on Nob Hill until his activities were interrupted by WWII. Like so many young patriots, he joined the war effort. His war service and membership in the Army and later the Army reserves was a source of great pride to him and the marked the beginning of many life-long friendships.
After the war, he continued working for the government while living in San Francisco, where he met the love of his life and future bride, Cecilia. They had many happy adventures together including living in Fairbanks, Alaska. Alameda became home after Alaska, until Dad retired in 1971, and he and Cecilia moved to Tahoe Vista, Lake Tahoe, a place where his many friends and relatives loved to visit.
He helped form what became The Over 50 Club at the NTPUD recreation center and was its first president. He is survived and missed by his wife Cecilia, daughter Cecilia, son Paul, and grandsons Erik, Alex, and Brian. Happy Birthday Dad!