George Edwards Findlay Jr.

November 8, 1939August 9, 2018

George Edwards Findlay, Jr., 78 of St. James, passed away on August 9, 2018 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham.

Mr. Findlay was born November 8, 1939 in Massachusetts, the son of the late George and Dorothy Findlay. George was a veteran of the US Army and graduated from Rutgers University in 1965. Following college, Mr. Findlay joined the Defense Intelligence Agency working at NPIC, National Photo Interpretation Center. George also earned an M.P.A. at Auburn University in 1975. He later transferred to the Pentagon where he worked for 22 years as an Intelligence Analyst. He finished his career as the head of a NATO Intelligence team and retired in 1998. George moved to St. James in 1999 where he met Nancy Buscaglia from Williamsville, NY. who had retired there in 2000. George and Nancy were married in the St. James Chapel in 2001. George will be remembered for his quick wit, love of golf, travel, laughter, fine wine, music, good friends, Italian cuisine and family beach gatherings.

Survivors include his wife Nancy; a son Greg Findlay of Queenstown, MD; a daughter Sarah Findlay of Crownsville, MD; his twin brother, Peter W. Findlay and wife Colleen of Afton Hills, MN; a sister Janet Givens of Orono, ME; and four granddaughters, Grace, Georgianna, Gabrielle, and Elizabeth.

A celebration of George’s life will be held at St. James Plantation from 4:00-7:00 pm on Saturday, August 25th at the Members Club Ballroom, 3779 Members Club Blvd. Southport, NC 28461.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to Duke Health in support of the Lung Transplant Director’s Fund. Please mail to Duke Health Development, ATTN Morgan Pope, 710 W Main St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 or visit to make a secure gift.

Online condolences may be made at

Peacock – Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, NC.


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Tom Frye

August 23, 2018

To the original Mr. Findlay, whom I met when I was 10 years old on a baseball field. I think I made an impression with Mr. Findlay, called him that and only that, when I let a few expletives fly in the direction of the umpire after striking out. What I heard from behind the fence was in his normal calm voice, oh Tommy. Such a short comment, but straightened me up. His wit was sharp and crafty, many years after little league and on to the golf course, we would brag and boast about how long we could hit the ball. The wit showed up one day when he told me he was breaking out the FRYE-Swatter, get it, his new golf club, another one I'll never forget. Mr. Findlay, your twin has nothing on you, when it comes to quip. I'll miss you. I know you are up there in heaven knocking that little ball down the fairway and draining the 20 footer. Adios My Friend!!!!!! Tommy Frye

Janet and Bill Parilla

August 18, 2018

George we will miss that smile but want to thank you for such great memories. You are the 1st person we met when coming to St James. Our next door neighbor and Bill’s buddy who shared his Omaha steaks with him as well as many social functions. You shared the best of times with your Angel and partner, Nancy Not enough could be said about how she made sure you got through each day. Rest In Peace my friend.

amy jacobs

August 13, 2018

Sure am going to miss this guy! What a bright light he was! Will miss his humor and smiles for sure! My thoughts and prayers are with you Nancy and the family. Rest in peace George you sure will be missed by many!