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Charles K. “Charlie” George — 1929-2023

In Memoriam
Charles K. “Charlie” George

Charles K. “Charlie” George

Charles K. “Charlie” George passed away quietly on May 13, 2023 at the age of 94.  He was admitted to practice almost seventy years ago in 1954. Charlie was the founding and senior partner at George, Hartz, Lundeen et al, and mentor to hundreds of lawyers now practicing throughout Florida.

Humbly born and reared in the shadow of Miami’s Orange Bowl, where he would later play football as a Miami High Stingaree and a Miami Hurricane. At the “U” he was Iron Arrow and SAE, where me met and made lifetime friends.  He was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

Smart, intuitive, kind, generous (to a fault), loving, savvy, gracious, and sometimes a bit of a showoff; he was a true southern gentleman.

Charlie was a University of Miami School of Law graduate, an Air Force JAG and one-time general counsel to the Miami Dolphins.

He loved great food, great hotels, good wine, beautiful women, and Mercedes Benz Automobiles (he actually earned a 1,000,000-mile badge). He was the first person any of us knew to have a cell phone in his car.

Charlie also loved golf, boating, fishing, and his clubs. The Riviera for over 60 years, Wildcat Cliffs (Highlands NC), the Little Club (Delray Beach), the Metropolitan Club (NYC), Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and Coral Reef Yacht Club. He had a house account at Joe’s Stone Crab for over 60 years.

His last message to the family text group (on the graduation of his youngest granddaughter Charlee Kaye):  “Be Smart, Be Safe”

Pre-deceased by sister Della and brother Allen. Survived by brother Phillip, children Cary Ann (George) Bennett, Charles M-P (Chip) George and Curtis George, Step-son AJ Varkas, grandchildren Natalee (George) Thornburgh, Karlee (George) Diel, Kimberly Bennett, Michael Bennett, Amy (Bennett) Copa and Charlee Kaye George, great-grands Andres Velazquez, Charlie Thornburgh, William Thornburgh, and Love Lee Diel

Married twice to dynamic women, Carol Crowe (nee Pittman) and Susan George (nee Allen).

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