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  • studeguy54
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    George was the man to go to when you wanted a South Bend or Studebaker watch fixed right. I've several watched he's done for me, and they never had to go back...

    RIP George..

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  • cabforward
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    I have a good George story. He told me that he used to wrestle and he wrestled against To Jo yatamoto in his younger days. I had heard of to jo and just thought it was so cool. I was lucky enough to hear many of his stories and will miss him. He was a very personable man and was a real historian.

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  • Larry.s
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  • Gary1953
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    Very sorry to hear this. I counted George as a friend. I always visited with him when we were at an International Meet. I was able to visit him at his home in TN once. Had a great time talking watches and toy Studebakers.

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  • 53k
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    I'm sorry to hear of his passing. He repaired two Hamilton railroad watches for me (one was my dad's and one was my grandfather's). He also straightened me out on a watch that I bought thinking it was a Studebaker. George pointed out (politely) that the face was wrong, it was actually a South Bend. I always enjoyed chatting with him (to learn more about Studebaker and South Bend watches).

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  • Avantidon
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    May he rest in peace. George was one of those people who was easy to talk to and to know. Thank you George for all that you have done for Studebaker and the SDC.

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  • Mike Sal
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    I remember one year coming into south bend for the swap meet & stopping at a yard sale (remember when lots of yard sales had studebaker parts which employees had carried home years earlier?). I bought an old wind up mantle clock that didn't work. I carried it into the swap meet & George was able to diagnose the problem quickly & gave me instructions how to fix it myself easily.
    Mike Sal

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  • Sam Ensley
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    First person I saw at my first meet

    Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
    RIP, George.

    'Great stories of George and the late Dale McPhearson piloting George's Dictator in The Great American Race back in the day. BP
    My wife and I attended our first International meet at Springfield in 1991. As we were arriving at the meet, we met a 1936 red and silver coupe with a Great American Road Race sign on the door. He gave us a big smile and wave, and I knew it was going to be a good thing. Since then we have seen him at many Studebaker gatherings. He always had that smile and handshake. I think her remembered me, but he had that same sweet greeting for everyone. He reminded me of my father who also loved to work on watches, clocks, and guns. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. I will remember him for the goodness and pleasantness that he brought to a world that so badly needs it.

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  • Skip Lackie
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    Another good Studebaker guy gone. RIP George.

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  • 6hk71400
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    George visited the Southern Arizona Chapter a few times during our annual chapter banquet in January. Lots of funny tales about the Great Race in the 1936 Dictator Coupe. The stories were always fascinating of the things that happened, like the brakes going out on a downhill mountain grade. RIP George.

    Bob Miles

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  • studegary
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    George was one of those Studebaker friends that I looked forward to visiting with. Over the decades, we visited in many parts of the country. My condolences to his family.

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  • JRoberts
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    Didn't know George as well as many of you, but whenever I saw him he was willing to talk about whatever I brought up. This was usually his competition in the Great American Race. Naturally watches came up often. He will indeed be missed by many of us. Prayers go out for his family and friends.

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  • stupak
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    RIP George. Now all the people in Heaven with Studebaker/South Bend watches have a repairman. I knew him well and always enjoyed talking with him at the national meets. Prayers to his Wife and family. stupak

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  • nels
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    RIP, George. I can remember him from way back in the early days. I think he had a pace car 1962 Lark back then. I sold a 64 convertible to his son a few years back. Sure sorry to hear he passed.

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  • unclemiltie
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    I use to look forward to chatting with him at the international meets re watches and Studebakers Yet another notable Studebaker friend is lost

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