George Douglas Lee

August 31, 1951 - September 15, 2019
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George Douglas Lee was born in Galveston, Texas on August 31, 1951 to Douglas and Dorothy Lee and died on September 15, 2019 in Galveston.  He is survived by Brenda, his wife of 13 years; his sister Misty and her husband Darren Mathews; nieces (Sara, Abbi) and nephew (Nicholas) of Sarasota, Florida; his son, Colin, and wife Angela, of Houston; two grandchildren (Madison and Kyle) and twins who will be born very soon.  In addition, he leaves extended family members.  George was preceded in death by his father, Douglas D. Lee; mother, Sissy; and his sister, Robin.

A BOI, George grew up on Barracuda in a neighborhood he often compared to “Leave It to Beaver.” A Ball High graduate, he received his BFA from Sam Houston State University with specialties in commercial art, graphic design and fine art.  He was very prolific during those years in all media, including sculpture, and was often the subject of his professors’ lectures because of his imaginative and flamboyant talent.

After college George moved to Houston, where he worked for Brown & Root as a manager and director of special projects.  He was marketing director of the Fort Bend Museum and George Ranch, owned his own advertising business, MediaWorks and GD Productions.

Over time music became his first love. He loved performing, anywhere, anytime. He was lead singer in Uncle Jak, White Heat, Geo and most recently the Noise Poets. In total, George wrote and composed over 400 songs, in genres ranging from rock, blues, country, children’s music, and commercials to comedy.  His music is recorded on eleven albums (CDs), and The Multi Omni Telebubble Home Products featuring 17 hilarious comedy skits. He created, scored and produced over 250 “Electric Theatre Radio Hour Shows” on KGBC (before it being sold to the Chinese) featuring local and regional politicians, and community leaders.

George began writing plays for the stage and screen, joining Script Writers Houston, where he could stage readings of his works in progress.  During this time, he was approached by producer and director, Joe Grisaffi, to write a screenplay of his play, Laughing Boy.  The film was produced in 2003, earning numerous awards and is available on Netflix.

He began acting at Fort Bend Community Theatre. It was on that stage that he and his dear friend, Michael Cahill, produced their first play, Frankenstein – The Monster Musical, (a musical comedy version of James Whale’s immortal “Bride of Frankenstein),   It was an unqualified, sold out hit, and was featured on KHOU Channel 11.  This led to their writing the script and music for The Wolf Who Cried Boy and Wolfbane, two musicals for children and families.

George opened The Electric Theater in Missouri City with his children’s musical A Kringle Dingle Christmas.  Against all odds, The Electric Theater became a success, especially considering it featured original plays by an author no one had heard of (George), in a theater no one had seen, in a shopping center visited only by a few.  Nevertheless, audiences came from all over Houston. Since that inauspicious beginning George has written over 40 plays and musicals, 15 have been published and are produced around the world. He was inducted into the Texas Playwriting Hall of Fame in 2014.

With his wife Brenda, he opened G. Lee Gallery. The Gallery served as home base for his art, children’s books and Galveston History Tours. He was a featured, on-camera commentator on the History Channel and the Smithsonian Channel’s America’s Greatest Disaster, a one-hour documentary about the Great Storm of 1900.

In George’s words, “He was fun while he lasted! That’s the feeling of many upon the passing of this colorful character whose goal in life was making people laugh and engage in conversation. He lost the battle against his rapidly decomposing body that happened suddenly and gradually.”

George loved all things creative. He leaves behind an enormous body of work in nearly every field of creative endeavor.  He was an honest and outspoken man who prided himself on only making up the truth.

He loved life and everything about it, the ups, the downs and the turn arounds. He truly learned how to have a good time having bad times. He wanted to stay awake as late as possible, anxious to get up and start the next day. He didn’t want to miss a thing or waste a second.

George’s life was truly a stage and there was no place else he wanted to be.  He was an infinitely kind, loving, big-hearted, whimsical soul who will be deeply missed.  He was the ultimate entertainer. He has left future generations the gift of his work.

George’s family will receive visitors from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, Monday, September 23, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway, in Galveston.

A memorial service will begin at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, September 24, at First Presbyterian Church, 1903 Church St., in Galveston.

George would be honored if donations were made to Artist Boat, Galveston Island Humane Society or the charity of your choice.

 

 

 

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Date: Monday, September 23, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home

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3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church

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1903 Church
Galveston, Texas

 

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Steve Plummer posted on 9/29/19

My condolences to the family. I have not seen George for over 50 years! I was part of the neighborhood kids on Barracuda until I was in the 8th grade. It was truly like “Leave it to Beaver “ as George said as we played together daily with the group of friends on our block that we called the “Barracuda Boogers! We made super 8 monster movies and I played drums in our first band “The Iguanas” aptly named because George had a pet Iguana. I am sorry that I have not seen George all of these years but I still have great childhood memories with him on Barracuda!

 

Janet posted on 9/25/19

The world is a sadder darker place without your smile

 

Keith Clark posted on 9/25/19

I am so sorry to have heard about George passing. He was what Galveston is all about. He will be very much missed. My thoughts go out to Brenda and his family.

 

Dana Bjarnason & Abdul Amin posted on 9/24/19

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Dana Bjarnason & Abdul Amin posted on 9/24/19

Thinking of you at this sad time Brenda and family. Dana & Abdul

 

Zita Teixeira posted on 9/24/19

I visited Galveston for a couple of times where I met first Brenda then George. They kindly invited me for several events which gave me great pleasure becoming forever some of the sweetest memories I keep from my trips to USA. Music, paintwork, company, dinners made by Chef George, different displays of art celebrating Life and friendship at the best. From Lisbon, Portugal, my thoughts and prayers are specially with you Brenda, wishing you find the strength to go on as the special person whom George loved and appreciated so much. Now he is resting in peace.

 

Jan Johnson posted on 9/23/19

A Memorable Thanksgiving Gene and I spent so many happy Holidays with him and Brenda at our table. During that first Thanksgiving, I don’t even remember eating because I was laughing too much . . . LITERALLY!! Brenda and George were due to arrive around 2 pm. The turkey and dressing were in the oven, my Waldorf Salad and pumpkin pie were in the 'fridge. An hour or so before, Gene started peeling potatoes into the sink for mashed potatoes. Unaware that potato peelings and garbage disposers didn't mix, he slid the peelings into it and turned on the disposer. Rather than going down, the peelings went flying everywhere, stopping up the drain and over spilling beneath the sink!!! Quickly removing everything else from under the sink, I started cleaning up the watery mess, keeping an eye on the time. But George and Brenda were very punctual that day -- maybe even a tad early, catching us with most of the mess still left. With them as an audience, I mopped up what I could while Gene finished his mashed potatoes. And George ragged us about our plumbing issue . . . as if we'd done it for their entertainment . . . Now, a few months before, Gene and a friend had driven to Corpus Christi to buy a red Thunderbird. The plan was Gene would drive his new used car back to League City while the friend by himself would drive to his home. The pair drove around the Corpus with the top down for a couple of hours, then put the top on. Lo and Behold, when Gene slid behind the wheel, his head scraped the top -- in short, he was too tall for the car!!! Disappointed and discouraged, the two drove back to their respective homes in their respective cars. Gene matter-of-factly related his story of the red Thunderbird around that Thanksgiving dining table. That was all George needed to prompt him into a running joke that would last throughout the meal!! I can still see George, waving his turkey leg around for emphasis, saying, "AND YOU DIDN'T FIT!!??? I'm kinda a big guy myself, so I probably wouldn't have either!!" Whenever the conversation lagged, George would return to the saga of the red Thunderbird . . . "All the way there and back for nothing?? "It's a good thing you thought to put the top up for a test drive." And, "Do you mean to tell me that that car was too short for you? Unbelievable!" By then, I had stopped eating because I was laughing so hard . . . but George just kept on going, both with the joke and the turkey leg . . . George is probably entertaining St. Peter in Heaven even as I type . . . .

 

Larry Czach posted on 9/23/19

George, had so many talents. He was always fun to be around. I got to jam with him a couple of times. Lots of fun. Great songwriter, great person.

 

Billie Hoskins posted on 9/23/19

Condolences to the family!

 

John Nagy posted on 9/23/19

Thanks George Lee for all the great times, I always looked forward to seeing you for a great laugh. I appreciated you George. -John

 

Marie Olejnik posted on 9/22/19

Brenda, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know George filled your life with love and much happiness. My prayers and thoughts are with you and George's extended family. May God Bless and comfort all of you at this time. Marie Olejnik

 

Dianne Boyd posted on 9/22/19

Colin, Angela and Family, I was so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He always had a smile and a story (sometimes several), and was truly a delight to be around. He has left behind the best of him in you. I am certain that his spirit will be with you in the coming weeks as you enter a new chapter in your lives. Please know that I will keep all of you in my prayers.

 

Jack H. Fontaine posted on 9/21/19

I only met George one time in 2005 while I was doing a safety and health audit for Brenda at the Galveston Daily News. I was totally impressed with George's sense of humor and his knowledge of the Civil War. I have a CD of some of George's songs and play it often. May I offer Brenda and George's family my sincere condolences. He was a man of many talents.

 

Don and Ron Bertram posted on 9/21/19

George came into our lives about 10 years ago. Brenda had visited my art booth during one of Galveston's Artoberfests and invited Ron and myself to come down and visit their gallery during the event. This we did without having a clue what we might find..Well we found George! I noticed that he was playing an obscure Mary Hopkins CD on the gallery sound system. I could not believe that anyone even knew it existed much less would play it. There was also many musical hints (Beatles and Steppenwolf) around the gallery..not to mention the art...that we related to totally. It took only a few minutes for us to realize we had met someone that would be very special to us. Being twins we started to referring to George as our long lost "ugly triplet". We loved this man. We always tried to stump each other with music and obscure movie trivia. We made many references to Carla Laemmle and George knew who she was..We were blown away and it became a running joke between us. We enjoyed a handful of meals out with he and Brenda and had a blast every time. Unfortunately because we did not live close we did not get to see more often. Last month we did get to visit him in the hospital and loved every minute of it except for the fact that he was restricted to his bed. His humor was there..not to mention his creative personality which remained quick and sharp. We reminded him that he was just extending his hospital stay so he would not have to treat us out to that B-B-Q dinner he owed us. Of course he had to reply with one of his trademark sharp and sarcastic come backs. We will miss him so much. We send our love to Brenda and the family.

 

Melissa McClellan posted on 9/21/19

George Lee will be remember as a lovable man. He was kind, thoughtful, and extraordinary. He was a wonderful friend. My condolences to his family. Melissa

 

Jim and Annie Steszewski posted on 9/20/19

Brenda, Myself and Annie(as George called her) are so deeply saddened by George's passing. If you believe in heaven, George already has them standing in the isles and laughing their asses off. He will be so sorely missed, and there will be a huge hole in the essence of Galveston. We both enjoyed him and the party didn't start until George arrived on the scene. Sincerely, Jim and Annie Steszewski

 

Nina posted on 9/19/19

Dear Misty, George always made me laugh. Never a dull moment at your house on Barracuda especially (after we got out of college) when he, JR and baby Colin were in town for a few days! I also remember, in junior high, you & I were recruited by him to continuously call KILE to play his new releases. (They always seemed to catch on to us and told us to quit calling!) We’re thinking of you and your family. N & M

 

Rick Smith posted on 9/19/19

George was truly a great artist creating works in all media including stage productions. The first painting, of his I bought was of his grand parents house. When I took it home and studied it closely I saw a small penciled square with a number in it. I then joked with George that his secret was out he painted by numbers. I later learned that a lot of the other great artists did the same thing, numbered their drawings so they would know what colors to put where. That method is taught in art schools. Over the years I have bought so many of his paintings that George told me I had more of his paintings than anyone else, besides his son. I even had George paint a bathtub for me at one of my rental properties. When he left the bathroom on the first day he pointed to a blank wall and said "that wall needs a painting" I told him Kay and I had not found the right one yet. The next day he showed up and handed me a beautiful underwater painting of a Sargasso forest and told me no charge just hang it in that spot until you fund something else. I will truly miss him but he will forever be in my heart because I can not go any where in my house, or our vacation rental with out being near his art. I am writing this now surrounded by 4 of his works. George I know you are out of pain now and in a better place. But those of us left behind will miss you greatly.

 

James Ratliff posted on 9/18/19

Wishing all of you feelings of comfort, moments of peace, and happy memories during this difficult time. George was truly "one of a kind." Loved his stories. Jim & Bonita Ratliff Misty's In-laws

 

James & Bonita Ratliff posted on 9/18/19

Wishing you comfort, moments of peace, and memories of happy times during this difficult time. George was truly "one of a kind." Always a story. Jim & Bonita Ratliff Misty's In-laws

 

Camilla Morales posted on 9/18/19

Going to miss your amazing spirit and creativity. God just gained an amazing artist.

 

Lynne posted on 9/18/19

George was a true gift to the Galveston community - giving of his heart, talent and joy. I am so sorry to hear of his death. I'm sure he is painting the sky a brilliant hue of beautiful!

 

Vikki Carpenter posted on 9/18/19

Always greeted by a smile and humor. Our community will feel the void that is left without George's physical presence. But left with his presence in places,music and life stories shared by his friends. Love Vikki

 

Mary Lou Martin posted on 9/17/19

We were so glad we got to see and visit with George while in Gettysburg this summer. I'll always remember George's smiles and the way he always made me feel like a close friend. My heart goes out to Brenda at this time. George will be sorely missed.

 

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