George was born to Connie Marie Schwengel and Richard Denzil Schweier in San Bernardino, CA and spent the majority of his youth in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He is survived by his older sister Lucy Madeline Cole and younger brother Denzil August (“Gus”) Schweier. In true middle child fashion, George blazed his own way through his teen years and early adulthood, and recreated himself many times throughout his life. Fiercely independent, self-sufficient, and a self-educated intellectual, there wasn’t much George could not do.
He moved to Hawaii around the age of 20, and his experiences there impacted him for the rest of his life. He bought his first boat there and lived on it. One of several jobs he had in Hawaii included working on the Holtz family estate as their personal chef and grafting orchids. He enjoyed sharing his adventures and experiences from his time there. Keoki is his name in the Hawaiian language, and he shared that name with joy in his eyes.
George was a master of many trades. He was a shipwright in Oahu and the Big Island in Hawaii, a chef, a pedicab driver, ran a construction company, operated a diving business in Mexico, did underwater photography; he was a framer, roofer, carpenter, worked in the oilfield, was a house inspector, an insurance adjustor, mechanic, inventor, an artist with wood and craftsman builder. To see one of his projects, go look at the curved bamboo bar on the back deck of Paradise Key in Rockport,TX.
George was also an avid reader, talented dancer, amazing cook, rescuer of animals, average fisherman, sailor, and he loved women – he often reminded us that he was sometimes called “Playboy George.” He was married 6 times, and often boasted that “my pallbearers are already selected.” On the day he left this Earth, however, he had reconnected with his soul mate and previous wife, Debby Venturella. Since their reunion, he said to many close friends, “If I die tomorrow, I’ll die a happy man.” He had an amazing sense of humor, and was always quick to laugh. According to George, his good humor was a transformation from 15 years ago when his temper earned him the name “Screaming George.” For us, he was our amazing and generous friend George – the guy that would do anything for you, who was always there for you – and who would help complete strangers in need. After Hurricane Harvey, he helped numerous people around the community, putting his personal repairs on hold. His work ethic, high standards and drive to do things right with attention to detail ensured that if he put his hands on it – it was done the best way.
George is survived by two children that he loved, Storie Marie Schweier and Samuel August Schweier, as well as 4 nephews (Kody, Brandon, Garrett, Jade)3 nieces (Brianna, Cherish and Rhiannon) and preceded in death by his parents and his nephew Montana. He spoke often of his family, sharing accomplishments and pictures.
Many know of his preparations and plan to undertake The Great Loop. He didn’t get to set sail for that momentous voyage – but he lived fully. He will be greatly missed. He was a rare find in this world. He indeed died a happy man. His ashes will remain in the saltwater he loved. A Celebration of Life will be on May 23rd in a come and go event from 1-8pm at 1507 FM 3036 Fulton, TX 78382 (on the corner of Lanfair Ln and FM 3036) Donations in his memory can be made to: Rockport Center for the Arts 638 E. Market St. Rockport, TX 78382
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