I first meet George at Ft. Wainwright Alaska where he became the housing Chief. We bonded immediately, two old country boys who loved the outdoors. I was known somewhat as the resident expert on hunting and fishing. After he got his feet on the ground as we like to say it was off to our favorite fishing spots. Kenia river, Anchor river, Russian river, Kasilof river. Mind you we would travel 600 miles one way for a weekend of fishing. He was very competed always trying to beat the old man, I taught him some of the secrets of success but no everything. I remember the first time I took him to Chitina for dip netting in the Copper river. He thought we were crazy standing out in the cold fast running water waiting for the fish to swim into your net. It didn't take him long to catch on.
Our hunting trips was always enjoyable, whether it was for birds, Caribou, Moose we always had meat for the winter. George was a great cook and he would let you know it! There were many 40-50 below zero days we would grill meat on the deck.
George was a great man and my friend who has left a wonderful Legacy behind. He was larger than life and he lived it to the fullest. He would always keep you laughing with his endless jokes and stories. He would always ask about my children and how were they doing especially Junior. Freddie and a quite often talk about the red carpet you and George laid out for us during our visit to your home.
Now that he has gone may all the beautiful memories be a blessing to you and the family. Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss.
"When a loved one becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure!" ~ Unknown Author.
-Monica A. Hawkins, Woodbridge, VA