George F. Speer
November 7, 1946 – June 5, 2019
George Speer died on June 5, 2019. George hailed originally from the small town of Miami, Oklahoma, whose most famous landmark was the world's largest tire plant. George attended grade school in Oklahoma, sneaking in early at age 5 to Catholic School, where he clashed early and often with the very strict Catholic nuns.
The Speer family did not have much but managed to get by. George drove the family car, a 1954 Ford 2 door coupe, which his Dad had bought second hand. George graduated from Miami High School in 1964, proudly in the bottom 50% of his class. After two years at NEO A&M Junior College, George moved on to the University of Oklahoma (OU) but lasted only one year due to drinking beer, going broke, and not studying. In 1967, George moved back to Tulsa for a year to work as a Tulsa Oklahoma police officer, night manager of a convenience store, and to attend the University of Tulsa, where he graduated in 1969.
George moved to Houston in 1971, where he spent his career selling investments, working in real estate, building houses, and owning several small businesses.
After retiring in 2007, George returned to Houston Community College to obtain a Paramedic certification. He spent his final years providing care in the emergency room to the sick and needy at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital, which may have been the happiest years of his life. It was there George learned the true value and gifts of giving back and love of his fellow man. Thanks Melanie, Andy, Jay, Jerry, Alex, Kelsea and all his great friends at Memorial Hermann.
George's proudest accomplishment was marrying Susan Lacy in October 1988 and fathering three wonderful and accomplished children, Sam, Charlie, and Sofie. They were the loves of his life. George always said he was most thankful his children got their intellect from their mother and their behavior from him. After being a lifelong non-practicing Methodist, George was accepted into the Catholic Church which he often said was the greatest thing that ever happened to him. One of his greatest joys was to pray the Rosary with anyone who would join him.
Many thanks to Dr. Shi-Ming Tu, Joma Uthup, NP, and Stacy, RN, from MD Anderson Cancer Center, who provided great, compassionate care these last 5-6 years.
Also, last but not least, thanks to his friends Dr. Bob, Bill W., and all his sober friends these past 29 years.
It's been a great ride. Thanks for your friendship and love. Here I come Jesus. Wardogs 1964, Boomer Sooner.
Rosary and Visitation: Thursday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m. Pat H. Foley Funeral Home 1200 W 34th St. Houston, TX 77018. Funeral Mass: Friday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m. St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 3600 Brinkman St., Houston. Reception to follow. Please remember that black was George’s least favorite clothing color.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Strake Jesuit College Preparatory: Crusader Fund will be greatly appreciated.
- Visitation and Rosary Service Thursday, June 13, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Friday, June 14, 2019
George F. Speer
June 13, 2019
I always enjoyed working with you. Prayers for the family, you are now among the angels and watching over your family and the ER. God Bless
June 11, 2019
When George and I were working together, his favorite quote was: ”Nothing you can’t do with excess is worth doing” He later applied this saying to an intense self-deprecating humor.: George could never wash dishes without declaring he had finally found a job he was qualified for.
The only reason for George’s unimpressive academical background is the year he was born. At that time, ADD, a condition he shared with Richard Branson, Ted Turner and many successful entrepreneurs, was not fashionable and left untreated. George was a talented and energetic salesman and relations builder. .
After a successful stint in the Us Homes Houston sales force, he started his own building company in Broken Arrow, OK. Shortly after that, I hired him to sell the “Victorian” we built in Galveston. George had sold over 100 units when I promoted him to marketing manager of ASC Versailles. A year later, he was hired by NPC, to head the sales and marketing of the largest builder in Austin at the time. His work in the finance world started with Merryl Lynch where he built an impressive bond trading practice.
Like most, he had his demons but I will mostly remember him for the total and absolute victory he scored over his.
I was surprised when he asked me to be his sponsor when he converted to Catholicism, a responsibility I was thoroughly unqualified to assume. Our respective dedications to the Church went in opposite directions. His faith strengthened him and carried him through the ups and downs of his battle with cancer. He was consumed by his desire to return more to society and atone for any mistake he may ever have done in prior years.
George, you were a much better man than I ever told you.
I miss you but I know that if anybody is, you are in a much better place.