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George Francis Tidey

January 11, 1933September 11, 2020

George Francis Tidey, 87, of Richmond, passed away September 11, 2020.

He was born on January 11, 1933 to the late Frank and Miriam Tidey of Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his brother, Pat (Francie) and his son, Craig (Bryan).

He leaves behind Joyce Garrett Tidey, the wife he cherished for 63 years; two sons, Geof (Lisa) and Scott (Shawn); five grandchildren, Garrett, Ryan, Matthew, Kristin and William; brother, Jim (Leigh Ann); and sister-in-law, Jan Fine (Morris).

George attended Princeton High School, followed by the Hun School, both in Princeton, NJ. He graduated from the University of Richmond Business School in 1955, then served as a First Lieutenant in the US Air Force Strategic Air Command from 1956-1959. After working for two years at Albemarle Paper company, he received his law degree from the TC Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in 1963. He began practicing law with Bremner, Merhige, Byrne, Montgomery and Baber where he met his mentor, the Honorable Robert R. Merhige. George became active in the Richmond community joining the Richmond Jaycees in 1960 and becoming their president from 1967-1968. He was on the Board of Directors for the Richmond Community Action Program and the Tuckahoe YMCA. He joined the Board of Directors of the Richmond Urban League in 1970, serving as their president from 1973-1975. In 1970, he founded the law firm Tidey and Boice partnering with lifelong friend, the Honorable William G. Boice. George served on the Board of Directors for the Neighborhood, Metropolitan and Central Virginia Legal Aid Societies. George left his private law practice in 1985 to become a General District Court Judge in Henrico County and in 1988, he became a Henrico Circuit Court Judge where he served two three-year terms as Chief Judge before retiring in 2004.

Family, friends, and colleagues will understand one Richmond attorney's assessment "Judge Tidey suffers no fools." He rendered justice fairly, compassionately, and without flourish. He was an Adjunct Professor at TC Williams from 1992-1996. He was especially proud to return to his roots, both at the Hun School where he served on the Board of Trustees and was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2006, as well as at TC Willams where he established the George Tidey Law School Scholarship at the University of Richmond.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Hun School, 176 Edgerstoune Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540 or the George Tidey Law School Scholarship at the University of Richmond.


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Greg Trepp

September 18, 2020

My deepest condolences.

Lisa Monroe

September 17, 2020

Scott and family,
I'm so sorry for your loss and hope that you can find both comfort and peace at this difficult time.

Lisa Monroe

Brennan Mills

September 17, 2020

How can we express how good, loyal and kind a friend George Tidey was to our parents, Martha Ann and Warren Mills and to the Mills family as a whole? There are so many memories from our youth down through the years that the Tideys were a part of. Sand Bridge beach trips, University of Richmond basketball and football games, holidays, dinner parties and even George officiating at two Mills weddings. George was quite simply, a totally loyal, humble and selfless friend to our parents to the very end and words cannot describe how much he will be missed. Rest in Peace, George. You will live on forever in the many incredible memories of good times and the many good deeds you did for our family!!

Brian O'Flynn

September 16, 2020

Scott, Shawn, and kids,

So sorry to hear of your loss, and hope you get to reminisce about fun times spent together.

George must have been so proud of your great family. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

Brian & Jennifer O'Flynn

Dorothy Figg

September 15, 2020

May many happy memories bring you comfort in the weeks and months ahead. George was a great man who certainly made this world a better place.
Much sympathy.
Dottie Figg

Derek Redmond

September 15, 2020

To Scott Tidey and family,

In this sad moment, perhaps it can be a small comfort to know that a life well lived is one filled with moments of love and joy. I know from the many stories shared by Scott that your father created some of the happiest moments and shared the deepest love with his family.

Our thoughts are with you.
Derek Redmond and family

Tracey Gibson

September 14, 2020

So sorry to hear about the loss of your father Scott. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts during this difficult time.

Mary King

September 14, 2020

Joyce and family,
Just want you to know I’ve been thinking of you .
George will be missed but i am sure you only have good memories of him .
Be strong and only think of the good times

Bonnie Knighton

September 14, 2020

Sending my sincere prayers to all of the family. Will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Guy Middleton

September 14, 2020


I am saddened by the news of your father's passing. I pray for healing and compassion in this difficult time for you and your family. You have my deepest sympathy.

Guy Middleton


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