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Robert Garvin George


Robert Garvin George, 73, of Skaneateles, passed away surrounded by family at Crouse Hospital on June 24th, 2024.

Rob was born in Hartford, CT, but moved at a young age to Springfield, PA, where he became and remained an avid Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles fan. The George family then moved to Syracuse, NY, where Rob met the love of his life and partner in all things for 51 years, Mary Tiby George. They chose Skaneateles, NY as their home and the place to raise their son, Kevin. It is still their home today.

Rob was a ‘69 graduate of West Genesee High School and Auburn Community College.

He was an electrician at Allied Chemical Corporation for many years, until his entrepreneurial spirit led him to start and operate two successful businesses: Superior Interior and RG George Electric. He worked at each until he retired.

Rob had many talents. He was an avid musician, athlete, short order cook and had uncanny, self-taught electrical, mechanical and construction abilities. The sound of laughter was never far from Rob. He enjoyed the company and counsel of many. There was no one more loyal or ready to do whatever could be done to help family or friend in need- a true “foxhole guy”.

Rob also loved games and competition (and cherry pie with a glass of ice cold milk.) He was a 32 year member of Skaneateles Country Club, where he founded and was “commissioner” of the SCC pitch league for 30 years. He was a regular participant in the SCC golf leagues and tournaments, several of which he won with various partners, including with Kevin, the 2007 Father & Son Tournament Net Championship. He also aced the 8th and 15th holes at SCC. His passion for the game was evident and infectious. He shared it with his blood brothers, as well as the few, fortunate to be “Honorary George Brothers” and passed it to Kevin, who will pass it to his son, Logan. 

Rob was also a member at the Skaneateles Sons of the American Legion.

Family was the most important thing to Rob. He loved spending the winter months with Mary, family, and friends at their home in Nokomis, FL.

Rob was predeceased by his father, Christopher C. George, his mother, Patricia Ann Garvin George, father-in-law John Tiby, mother-in-law Beth Tiby and brother-in-law, John Tiby, Jr. (Soon Heui). He is survived by his wife, Mary, and son Kevin (Sonia), and grandson, Logan. He is also survived by three brothers, Christopher C. George, Jr. (Kathleen), Shawn (Virginia), Timothy (Susan), brother-in-law, Thomas Tiby, sister-in-law, Nancy Tiby. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, who knew him affectionately as “Uncle Rock”.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church at 10 am on Friday, July 19th, with a celebration of life to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Heart Association or Francis House (Syracuse, NY).



a day ago

Mary & Kevin:

Rob was a great friend to many of us and a frequent golf partner of mine over the years at SCC. He was the organizer of Sunday morning or Friday afternoon matches, during which we all left with a smile and handshake before heading to the bar to discuss our good shots, a few bad shots, and whether someone was playing with the correct handicap.  While in the bar, Rob would enjoy his 'high-boy' table and have a kind word for anyone who passed by.

Over the past several weeks, so many of his 'golf buds' have repeated his humorous on-course expressions. I will miss Robbie pulling up to the first tee with his snacks, perfectly coordinated golf…


4 days ago

Mary, Kevin, Sonia and Logan,

Diane and I send our heart felt prayers to each of you. Rob was my buddy! We loved the Phillies and Eagles and many times would communicate during these games via text to keep our spirits high during the games. We also shared our portion of the “1,000 pound foursome” in our various golf outings with our buddies.

Our entire family sends our love to all of you and we look forward to seeing you on the 19th to Celebrate his Life!


Ed and Diane


Jul 13

So sad to hear about Rob. He was a special guy and made my house wonderful with his remodeling expertise and workmanship. Such a smile and laugh that you would never forget. He was a terrific addition to the family. Will be sorely missed. RIP Rob. Love, Aunt Joanne


Jul 08

Mary, Kevin and family I’m so sorry for your loss. Rob was a great friend and I have so many wonderful memories with you both that I’ll never forget! I’m praying for all of you at this most difficult time. Sending love and strength to you all. Love, Barbara (Novembrini) McKeon


Jul 06

Rob was one of the first guys I met when I was 15 and we moved to Camillus ….now sadly after 60+ years of friendship the main man of our “Philly Foursome” will be joining so many of his and our love ones that have left us way too soon 😢

Our love and prayers go out to Mary, Kevin and all the family…Rob had a life well lived and may his memory be eternal 🙏 Greg & Nancy

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