Celebration of Life held for George Mitchell in Galveston

Published On: Aug 06 2013 10:07:09 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 06 2013 10:50:52 PM CDT

August 6, 2013: Oilman, developer, philanthropist, and friend. All aspects of the late George Mitchell's life were remembered in a celebration at Galveston's Saengerfest Park. Keith Garvin reports.

GALVESTON, Texas -

Oilman, developer, philanthropist, and friend. All aspects of the late George Mitchell's life were remembered in a celebration at Galveston's Saengerfest Park.

Friends, colleagues and admirers all turned out to join Mitchell's family in honoring the 94 years of his life that became Texas legend.

"He was just an amazing grandfather and an amazing visionary," said granddaughter Katherine Lorenz.

Mitchell died on July 26th. Whether it was his drive that led to Galveston's transformation, his innovation that led to the development of The Woodlands, and to pioneering methods in the oil trade, George Mitchell was described by all as kind and soft-spoken but determined to transform his hometown.

"Mr. Mitchell almost single handedly helped Galveston Island create a vision of greatness," recalled former city manager Doug Matthews. "He saw his hometown Galveston as a diamond in the rough."

Michael Gaertner was one of George Mitchell's architects. Besides the opportunity to work with Mitchell, Gaertner said he'll mostly miss Mitchell's kindness and friendship.

"I'm going to miss his personality, his smile," said Gaertner. "He was always glad to see you."

The night ended with a spectacular fireworks show over Galveston Harbor. It was a show that lit up the island's sky -- in tribute of a man who shed so much light on Galveston itself.

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