Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tioga George

Sad news about Tioga George, our friend and long term mentor for many people in the RVing lifestyle! The following was posted on his blog by (I think) his daughter Johana.

Dear Readers

I'm sure you have been wondering why George has not made a post recently. I have some very sad news to report to you. George passed away last week. As a regular reader, you may have noticed that he had been struggling to complete his truck renovation project. His deteriorating health had been frustrating to him and of increasing concerns to his family and friends, and it finally caught up with him.

George loved his life, solving problems, meeting challenges, and seeking out the next adventure just around the corner. He experienced great joy sharing this on his blog and his readers became like family to him. He is considered the "Grand Daddy" of using the internet to connect with people and sharing his travels. He loved you all, and will be deeply missed by many. Now he is on his last great adventure.

George wished to have as little fuss as possible be made upon his passing so there will be no public service for him. I know that many of you may wish to say goodby, so I am making an effort to open the comment section on his blog so that you may have that opportunity to say a few words about him and communicate with each other.

11 comments:

  1. It was sad but not too surprising. I have been checking several times daily this last week hoping to see him posting again.

    Even Weng opened up her blog in hopes someone had heard something.

    He was an inspiration to many.

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  2. Tioga George an "RV Blogger and Nomad Pioneer." I, one of so many read his blog, dared to dream of retirement as the beginning of a life journey on the road. Shedding our previous life skin of house and all the belongings we collected over our lifetime. Thank you Tioga George.

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  3. Sad to see him go but he did live his life to the fullest.

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  5. George had so many adventures and helped so many of us to head out on our own adventures that it's sad to hear that there will be no more. I hope he passed peacefully and comfortably and is in a better place. RIP

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  6. Croft, you know I use your "Blogs I Follow" everyday for blog reading. Sad to see that eventually, George's blog will reach the bottom and sit there. I am checking his blog daily in hopes of something although I really know the message will never change. Oh well, where do bloggers go? Do we have a rainbow bridge or blogger's heaven? Or, I'll just end up at the end of the list someday too and that will be the end of it?

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    1. Chris, George and other bloggers will live on through our memories. I like to think that there is a special place somewhere that we will gather one by one around a fire and chat, tell stories and tall tales and have a wonderful time day after day. I hope that one day I will be sitting next to you around that fire handing you a vodka on the rocks :)

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  7. The loss of George is going to leave a very large hole in our blogging community.

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  8. Haunting, isn't it? A look into our mortality. Maybe (Croft), we need to pick up the slack and live more of the vagabond lifestyle. Makes me want to post another email exchange from George on my blog.

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    1. Chris, before George had the last accident and subsequently the insurance company totaled the vehicle and he returned to the San Diego area, if you remember, he made a last attempt to go back to Mexico; he crossed the border with Scampy at one border entrance and then came back across the US border miles down the road at another border crossing and camped out, I believe, in Arizona. I had asked Croft the question, "Why did he do that?" We could not figure it out, and George would not say why. From a simple prospective, I thought probably he had forgotten to get all his paperwork in order. But I was hoping he would eventually make it because he never seemed to have a lot of stress and was happy in Mexico. Yes, I know I'm going through the "what ifs." If he had made it back to Mexico, I truly believe he would not have taken on the box van project and all its accompanying physical and mental stress. Thus, we possibly would have had George around a little longer; he did have health issues, but he never seemed to mind seeing a Mexican doctor when he didn't feel well. He just hated going to the US Kaizer facility, and he was overwhelmed by the box van project. Of course, hindsight is 20-20.

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