George Marshall Grills

19 June, 194125 April, 2018

George’s journey began in Stockton, California. His father, Maj. Gen. Herbert Grills, U.S.A.F. (deceased) and mother Helen Rasmussen (deceased) took him to many Air Force bases in the U.S., Guam and Japan. He attended 12 different schools before graduation in Dallas. This made him comfortable in any space and culture. Duke University awarded him an engineering degree (go Duke) plus awesome fraternity contacts. The Peace Corps in the Philippines was next followed by a long career with IBM which afforded many opportunities including a move to Vancouver and Toronto. An appreciation for live theatre, wine, cooking, the underprivileged, education, and liberal politics led to many volunteer stints. George will be remembered for his intelligence, dry wit, insightfulness, generosity, and remarkable tenacity. He read mysteries, enjoyed skiing, his ’57 T-bird, cruising (missed Antarctica by a smidge), entertaining, sports (especially Cowboys and Final Four,) and pets. His beloved sister, Jeanne Tate, predeceased him. Left to mourn are his “rock”, Lee, and their loving daughter, Karen (Ralf), brother Joe (Marge), many treasured nieces and nephews all over North America as well as Greg (Shannon). Celebration of Life at Seymour Golf & Country Club, North Vancouver, Sunday, June 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Arts Club, Capilano University, and Duke University, Knowledge Network and/or PBS, outstanding Lions Gate Hospital Foundation or another worthy charity you support.

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John Drews

21 November 2018

George and I were fraternity brothers (Phi Kappa Psi) at Duke. I heard from George in the earlier part of this year when he told me about his illness. I am sad to say I only learned of his death yesterday when I received the Duke magazine in the mail. I was shaken when I read his name under our class notes.
George loved life! It was that simple to me. I can recall his very distinctive laugh and smile. He and Lee were wonderful hosts to me on at least two occasions when I visited with them in Vancouver. I really enjoyed their regaling me with their stories of cruising. I think they covered just about every place in the world.
At Duke, I have fond memories of going to basketball and football games with George, and spending time together out front on the fraternity section patio. I especially remember beach weekends in May of each year. George was always the life of the party. George knew how to live!
I was so impressed reading about all his accomplishments at IBM from the people who wrote about those memories on this site. George would never talk about himself, but he was always interested in what you were doing and what you had accomplished.
I am so sad to learn that George is no longer with us. He will be missed. He was truly a fine man and I am proud to be able to call him "brother".

Mike Cart

31 July 2018

So sad to hear of George's passing.
I recall him as that consummate professional, ever ready to add insight, strategy and levity to the situation at hand.
Although our career paths briefly crossed, He was one of those very memorable, larger than life forces that was ingrained in my IBM past.
RIP George and all the best to the family from the east coast ....
Sincerely, Mike

Tom Young

9 May 2018

I first met George in 1975 at IBM's Advanced Marketing School (as shown in the picture I posted). He became my marketing mentor and I always appreciated his creative solutions to challenges.
I recall meeting you both at Capilano University, where you were acknowledged for your contributions, and likewise seeing you both featured as legacy donors on Knowledge Network.
My sincere condolences to you and your family.
Tom Young

Tom Young

9 May 2018

George Pengelley

9 May 2018

Dear Lee,
When I last talked to George in the fall, he remarkably was his usual upbeat, positive and funny self. He noted how blessed he was to have you by his side, along with Karen and his many friends. You and George were quite a team!
Joan and I are honored to have known you both.
George Pengelley

Harry Winder

8 May 2018

I had so much fun working with George. What a great guy. Spent time with him in the branch and in competitive marketing (C3).
A class guy by all measurements. He will be missed.
Sylvia and I are so sad for the family.
all our very best Harry and Sylvia

Shaun Hollingsworth

7 May 2018

Always smiling, always a thoughtful discussion. That was George. Whether it was a detailed discussion about his beloved T-bird, or a thought or two on the local political situation, I always enjoyed those moments with George and Lee.
We are gonna miss you George--S...

Grace Little

4 May 2018

George you were such a BIG personality to me. I remember meeting you for the first time while working on the ICBC project. The marketing guy came in to meet and be met, you certainly made an impression on me.
You and Lee are such a wonderful couple. I'm glad to have had you in my life and the lives of me kids. You inspired them with the stories of your travel and your generosity towards others.
We miss and love you George...what a bright light
Grace Little and gang

Roger Garriock

4 May 2018

I will always have fond memories of George from our many years of working together at IBM...his love of life, great smile and wit, his 'Texas drawl', his keen mind and appreciation for strategy, his commitment to family, friends and community and always acting as the consummate professional...he will be missed...our thoughts and prayers to Lee and her family. Roger and Faith Garriock

Jack Bell

3 May 2018

Dear Lee,
It is so sad that we have lost our good friend, George. I have so many fond memories of him as such a very special person. Most recently in our regular smaller IBM get togethers several times a year. George was always typical George at our sessions. He was always sincere and gracious and fun to sit next to. I just loved sitting next to him. I've attached a photo of one of those sessions from late 2016, where I was not so lucky. Several of us, including his supporters Steve and Ash, had a few special lunches with George while he tenaciously battled his illness which we all thorougly enjoyed.

My memories of George go back to the days at IBM at 1333 West Georgia, when our team was in the next cubicle to his team and he was enjoying smashing marketing success at ICBC. I was truly envious. So much so that when he sold the Mass Storage System and purchased a Porsche afterwards and called it his "MSS", I had to work on duplicating the feat even though I did not have Chris Tye to do the install nor did I get a Porsche. Another area that George inspired me besides marketing was to give donations to hospitals as IBM would duplicate the money. I have done so ever since he made the suggestion. What a great idea.

Two recent memories that stick in my mind when I discovered that he was terminally ill were my phone call to him at that time and my last visit with him. He told me, weeks later, that after the call he had cried. I told him that I had also. As to my last visit when he awoke from his snooze in the hospital, he immediately looked at me and said, "Hello, Jack" in his own inimitable sincere subdued Texan voice. I thought how quick and how gracious. George was impressive to the end.