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Obituary for George Y. Tice
GOLD BEACH - George Young Tice, 81, passed away peacefully at home in the arms of his beloved wife, Carol, on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. George was born at home in Deepwater, NJ on March 19, 1932 to Mabel (Jordan) and Edward Tice. George was an amazing man who touched the lives of everyone he met in a positive, caring manner. His magnetic personality, tall stature, and handsome looks lit up the room. George made people feel special by taking the time to ask about their lives while sharing a bit of his own. George comforted many cancer patients while at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX while he himself was going through treatments. George lived life to its fullest and loved to learn. After graduating high school a year early, he earned an electrical engineering degree as a member of the honorary engineering fraternity, Tao Beta Pi. Rounding off his formal education, he received a MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, George has been actively seeking to learn as much as possible from books, seminars, internet, and the daily NY Times crossword puzzle he did with Carol. George had more than just an analytical engineers mind and savvy business sense; he was intuitive. He understood the world, the project scope and the possible solutions. But most of all, George understood people and brought out the best in everyone. George had many jobs such as an embalmer, brick pointer, draftsman, and consultant. But the two major roles he played were for RCA and the county of Los Angeles. He rose to the vice president level of RCA by leading the 3 year project of installing a microwave system throughout Spain and the Middle East. George had the opportunity to travel all around the world and work on the communications systems for interesting places such as the World Trade Center and Disney World during his time with RCA. As the director of the Los Angeles Communications Department, George and his team of nearly 1000 people were instrumental in launching the 911 system throughout the county. George was then chosen to lead the Facilities Management Department with over 4000 employees and a budget of over one million dollars per day. George worked his entire life being considered 100% disabled due to an army training accident which left him nearly deaf. After retiring in Gold Beach 17 years ago, George's 'occupation' was volunteering wherever his skills and knowledge could be most useful. He never stopped learning. George loved his family and was so proud of all his loved ones. George was survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Carol. He also left behind his daughter Debbie Crowley and her husband Kerry, his sons George Tice Jr. and wife Donna, and Curtis Tice and wife Lisa. George also had two stepdaughters, Laura Ehrlich and Robyn Lovekamp and husband Rick, as well as six grandchildren and brother Edward Tice and his wife Betty Ann. Memorial contributions may be made to Coastal Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 493, Gold Beach, OR 97444. A memorial open house and potluck will be held from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Ophir Fire Hall, 32888 Nesika Road in Nesika Beach. There will be a time of reflection and sharing at 3:30pm. Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.