OBITUARY

George Williams Gage III

July 10, 1949January 9, 2020

George Williams Gage III, 70, died in Tampa, Florida, on January 9, 2020.

George was born in Chester, South Carolina, on July 10, 1949. He received a B.S. degree from Clemson University in 1971 and an M.B.A. degree from Georgia State University in 1974. His entire business career was spent in Tampa, initially with First National Bank and then with Northern Trust, from which he retired in 2015. His life included many contributions to the community such as serving as chairman of the University of Tampa’s Board of Counselors and a member of its Board of Trustees. He also served on the board of directors of the H. B. Plant Museum, the Child Abuse Council, the Estate Planning Council and Palma Ceia Country Club. He was also an active volunteer at Ronald McDonald House and a Sunday school facilitator and usher at Hyde Park United Methodist Church.

George’s friends include scores of people of varied ages, locations and backgrounds, who can each tell a good story about their times together. His wife of 45 years, Susan Lytle Gage, said that George thought he was related to almost everyone he met and usually could credibly tell you why. Among his favorite pastimes were hiking, working on his still-to-be perfected piano version of Clair de Lune, playing golf and swimming laps, traveling to places previously unseen and practicing his impressive culinary skills, particularly if it involved making a complex dessert that left him ample time to test it himself. He loved being with his wife, his two daughters, Elizabeth Gage Lee of Tampa and Katherine Gage Delman of Daniel Island, South Carolina, their husbands Ryan Lee and Ryan Delman, and his five grandchildren, Jackson, Parker and Maggie Lee and Carter and Bennett Delman.

George was preceded in death by his father, George Williams Gage, Jr., and his mother, Nina Cochran Gage. He is survived by his sister Ruth Gage Bragg and her husband, Garry, of Jacksonville, his sister Jane Gage Furtado and her husband, Don, of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and his brother Benjamin Cochran Gage of Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as numerous relatives and friends.

A celebration of George’s life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 15, at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 West Platt Street, Tampa. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in George’s memory to High Risk Hope, 1702 North Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa, Florida, 33605, or to the charity of your choice.

  • FAMILY

  • Wife of 45 years, Susan Lytle Gage; two daughters, Elizabeth Gage Lee of Tampa and Katherine Gage Delman of Daniel Island, South Carolina, their husbands Ryan Lee and Ryan Delman, and his five grandchildren, Jackson, Parker and Maggie Lee and Carter and Bennett Delman.
    George was preceded in death by his father, George Williams Gage, Jr., and his mother, Nina Cochran Gage. He is survived by his sister Ruth Gage Bragg and her husband, Garry, of Jacksonville, his sister Jane Gage Furtado and her husband, Don, of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and his brother Benjamin Cochran Gage of Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as numerous relatives and friends.

Services

  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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Jessica Cazin

January 17, 2020

Elizabeth, I am so very sorry for your loss. I am wishing you and your family peace and comfort during this most difficult time, and I wish you all the courage to face the days ahead. Please know that you have the love and support of an entire community behind you. My heart is with you, my friend.

Letty Apellaniz

January 17, 2020

I never had the privilege of meeting Mr Gage but i did have the privilege of knowing his daughter Elizabeth, Ryan, Jackson, Parker and Maggie for 12 years. My heart is torn for them all. My love and deepest sympathy.

Natalie Berger

January 14, 2020

Words cannot express the sadness I feel for your family. I had the pleasure of going over to the Gage house as a younger girl to play with Elizabeth and her sister. Such a wonderful father and family, I used to think to myself when I would be there. Elizabeth went on to marry one of my childhood neighbors who was like a brother to me and have remained friends since. Those grandchildren are so blessed to have the memories they have of their grandfather to cherish forever. Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to all who were blessed to have had even a chance meeting or talk with him. Of course to the children who will have the hardest time struggling to understand. Blessings and love to you all during this time. -The Berger Family

Robert “ Buster” Mobley

January 14, 2020

George was in my class at Lancaster High. What an amazing person he was. Joy and laughter were his signature in life. I count it a blessing to have gone through this time in life with a friend like George. Gee as we knew him. I always thought that Gee stood for Genuine. The world is a much better place because of him and his work. I’m sure he touched so many lives and was blessed with Susan, the girls and the grandchildren. God certainly will reward Gee for his spirit.
May the family find countenance in celebrating his life and may God give you peace in the time..
Buster Mobley

Hope Anderson

January 14, 2020

Such a wonderful man and a wonderful family ! I remember them all from many years ago and my heart is broken to learn of this heartbreaking tragedy ! I can see Jane as if it were just yesterday ! I pray that God will keep you all strong during these very sad days !! Much love ! Hope

Tom Wellner

January 13, 2020

Susan, I am so very sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace.

Sarah Cauley

January 13, 2020

Susan, Elizabeth and Katherine, my heart and prayers go out to each of you at this Time of great loss. George never met a stranger that he would not soon call friend. He loved his family and community and now heaven has a new Saint. May God love and comfort you at this difficult time.

Melinda Clyburn Richardson

January 13, 2020

Dear Ruth, Jane and Ben-
I’m sorry to hear about your loss. The Kershaw group shared his information.
It is shocking, even if you know the passing is coming. I hope that peace in time will comfort youall and your families. He certainly was giving and accomplished for you to remember along with his desserts.
Godspeed, George.
Love - Melinda Clyburn Richardson

Sonya F. Poole

January 13, 2020

So sorry to hear of George's sudden death. I remember him well when he and his family lived in Kershaw. Sending my heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.

Debra Smietanski

January 12, 2020

I have know George since I moved to Tampa in 1989, to practice law in estate planning. Over the years we had several clients in common and he was the kindest most cooperative gentleman I have ever worked with; a man of true honor and integrity with great skill in his area of expertise. He will be truly missed.

FROM THE FAMILY