George German

Date of Passing:

August 14, 2018

German, George, 69, formerly of Barrington, RI and currently of Riverside, RI and Coconut Creek, Florida passed away Tuesday, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Born in Kiel, Germany to Holocaust survivors Bella and Sam German, George emigrated to Providence, Rhode Island with his parents and brother at 3 months old. George’s yearbook from Hope High
School noted his fondness for cars, motorcycles and ice hockey. These hobbies never dulled for George, though took a backseat to the love of his life: Kathleen Ann (Chadwick), whom he married in 1978.

George was a United State Army Veteran during the Vietnam War. His love of people, action, and many hours spent apprenticing in event management at the Rhode Island Auditorium led to his first career choice as a union laborer and later foreman with Laborers Local 1033 at the Providence Civic Center when the building opened in 1972. For many years, George would best be known as the Zamboni driver for the RI Reds, until their departure, and then again when the Providence Bruins returned professional hockey to the state. In 1981, he left his full time role at the Civic Center to pursue his next full time career as the co-owner and operator of Cut Price Swimming Pools and Mr. Christmas in Centerdale and later in Johnston.

George was the consummate family man and leaves behind two children, Joshua Sam and Sarah Elizabeth. In addition to his immediate family, George leaves behind his brother Charlie German, sister-in-law Anne German and their daughter, George’s beloved niece, Brooke.
George was also a true friend to many of his friends’ children and his children’s friends. Both a gentleman and a gentle man, George greeted everyone with a warm nod, smile and wink. Though a man of few words, his eyes said it all with a hint of mystery, boundless kindness and fierce loyalty.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, August 18th from 3:00-6:00 pm in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside. A celebration of life will take place on Sunday, August 19th from 4:00-8:00 pm at The Providence G, 100 Dorrance Street, Providence.

Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in George’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. RIP. I was just made aware that George was my God Father and I was looking to make his acquaintance. Jim Grimley..

  2. Kathy and family, so sorry to hear of George’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Tim and Denise Chadwick

  3. So sorry for your tragic loss

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for you loss Kathy. Heartbreaking.

  5. Cathy, please except my condolences to you and all of the family for your loss!!! He was such a wonderful guy!!! He will be missed!!

  6. Charlie, Anne, Brooke, and to the entire German family:

    My family and I extend our sincerest condolences to each and every one of you. Though we did not know George personally – knowing the man that Charlie is – we are sure he was a kind and compassionate man, who will be missed by many.

    May Hashem shine His Glorious light upon George, and grant him eternal life.


  7. Our deepest condolences
    Our prayers are with the whole family
    Tolchinsky Furs
    Scott Rhonda & Sheldon

  8. George always had a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eyes, and a kind word for everyone. He will be missed. Kathy, the three of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. George aas a wonderful boss and friend Gary and i will miss him. So sorry we didnt get a chance to visit him this year. Rest in peace my friend.

  10. Love and prayers to the entire family❤

  11. So sorry for your loss Kathy, Josh & Sarah. 35 years ago we met and I knew it would be a relationship that would last a long time, and it did. I’m going to miss him dearly along with all of you. Keep the faith…

  12. Kathy, Josh and Sarah, we are saddened by the loss of George.What a wonderful man he was. We started out by doing business together and ended up with a true, dear friendship. Its a great loss for all.
    Sincere condolences to brother Charlie and his family.

  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  14. My Father did business with George years ago in Centredale. As time passed, I began a friendship with George doing business in Johnston. He was always there to help regardless of what the problem was. His expertise was passed on to Josh. He will be missed, May you rest in peace.

  15. My deepest condolences Kathy to you and your family. It was a privilege to meet George. I was fortunate enough to receive his wam smile. He is described well.

  16. Kathy and Family, so sad to hear of your lose. Georgie (as I knew him) was a true friend and will be missed by many . Our Deepest Sympathy , Dick & Cathy Gervasi

  17. We Are so Sorry to hear of George his passing he was a very special man with the best smile blessings to Kathy Sara and Joshua

    Sara Marino. &. Alex Digiglio

  18. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get through the days ahead. My sincerest condolences.

  19. There are no words to lessen the pain that loss brings. I hope that together with family and friends, the closeness and strength of your bonds, will help ease your sorrow in this very difficult time. My sincerest condolences to all that loved George. While I never met him personally, I feel like I had through his beautiful daughter, Sarah. Lots of love to you all.

  20. We all are so very sorry,…We loved George,…My thoughts and prayers to you all,….May he rest in Heaven.


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