George will truly be missed. He was on the Sunshine center board with me. He was truly funny and he will be missed.
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!
The world is a sadder darker place without your smile
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.
In memory of George Douglas Lee, Dana Bjarnason & Abdul Amin lit a candle
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Thinking of you at this sad time Brenda and family.
Dana & Abdul
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.
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 . . . .
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.
Condolences to the family!
Thanks George Lee for all the great times, I always looked forward to seeing you for a great laugh. I appreciated you George.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Wishing you comfort, moments of peace, and memories of happy times during this
George was truly "one of a kind." Always a story.
Jim & Bonita Ratliff
Going to miss your amazing spirit and creativity. God just gained an amazing artist.
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!
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.
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.
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.