George Francis Paley
George Francis Paley was born December 19, 1948 in Sharon, CT the first child of Morris and Emma (Carberry) Paley. He grew up working on the family dairy farm and helped raise his seven siblings. He passed away Sunday, January 10, 2016, surrounded by family at his home in Lawrence. He will be laid in the ground in a private Bahá’í ceremony, according to his wishes.
He graduated with honors with a BA in Communications in Radio-Television-Film from the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin.
George was an artist, musician, entrepreneur and collector. He loved to travel, to experience new places and people, to play piano and to ride his vintage motorcycles with friends and family. George visited Mexico and Central America, Europe, Russia, Indonesia, Cuba, Vietnam, Thailand, and other countries on his business and personal travels.
George was active in the Lawrence art scene as a sculptor and patron, and helped launch the Warehouse Arts District and Lawrence Creates Makerspace. He contributed to the development of small businesses downtown.
He married Judy Gerling on July 24, 1976 in Sharon, CT.
George left behind wife Judy G. Paley, Lawrence, KS; mom Emma Paley, Sharon, CT; Dalton Paley, Lawrence, KS; Austin Paley, Sarah Gibbins-Paley, and grandchildren Wyatt Paley and Aesa Paley, Melbourne, VIC, Australia; C. Max Paley, Denver, CO; and dog Gus and barn cat Levon II, Lawrence, KS. Joining him at the Great Gig in the Sky is brother Douglas Paley and father Morris Paley.
To read more on George’s life, please see Chad Lawhorn’s article “The two minds of George Paley” in the Lawrence Journal World, April 13, 2014. HYPERLINK http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2014/apr/13/lawhorns-lawrence-two-minds-george-paley/
A casual party for George, 67, Lawrence will be held from 4 – 8 p.m. Sunday, January 17, 2016 at the Cider Gallery in Lawrence.
Memorial donations may be made in his name to KU Endowment in support of the Department of Visual Art (06257) Sculpture Program or to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Oncology Center, and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
One of a kind. Will miss that smile.
Our prayers for your whole family. May you find peace and strength in the days to come.
Mary Ann Ring
Peace to you all. George always had a smile that could warm a room! His presence in River City will be greatly missed!
Spent some time with George in weights class and always enjoyed seeing him. It was such a pleasure to work with you back in our CASA days and am truly sorry for your loss.
I am so sorry. George had a great impact on many people, including me.
Our deepest condolences to your family. Rest in peace George.
George was a generous, brilliant, creative, artistic, wonderful, loving person. He meant so much to me, Mary, and so many others. I wish he had more years on this planet, but he used every year to the max. His impact on the Lawrence community will continue far into the future. Of the many accomplishments and creations he contributed to the world, none are more beautiful than his family.
I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. Leo Buscaglia
This was written by a friend of ours and we’ve found it very comforting. Hope it feels the same to you: “With their last breath those we love do not say goodbye….for love is timeless. Instead, they leave us a solemn promise that when they are finally at rest in God, they will continue to be present to us whenever they are called upon. Let us fear not, nor grieve beyond letting go, the departure of those we have greatly loved, for in the Tree of Life, their roots and ours are forever intertwined.”
With George’s passing, we’ve lost yet another Lawrence icon. His love of our community is surpassed only by our love of his dedication and vision. A great loss.
Always always always glad to see George Paley! We will miss him.
Our hearts reach out to you all. Lawrence is richly blessed by all of the passion George embraced for creative expression.
His spirit lives with us through the art based visions and creations that have inspired and nurtured so many in our community.
George always had the best smile! Loved Bokonon’s outdoor vending machine, and all the fabulous stuff I bought from Natural Way.
Serenity now, George.
To Judy and family,
We are so saddened to hear of George’s passing. We pray that you will feel God’s comfort.
We were not aware of his ill health. We will miss seeing George
tromping around in our backyard from time to time. We live at 925 N. 1464 Road, so we are neighbors. It was always a delight
to run into George and visit with him about real estate or his art
and his beloved Art Walk.
Our most sincere condolences to you and your family.
Van and Janet Grant
Such sadness, our thoughts and prayers to all the family. I will miss seeing that smile around town.
Sincerely condolences to the family- George will be missed. I always enjoyed my talks with him and his vision for the arts in Lawrence.
I will miss seeing George at the Final Fridays. George was a very generous person. He gave my son, Franklin, a beautiful pocket watch that, I know, he will cherish even more now. Judy and family, you are in my thoughts. Peace.
Lawrence has lost a wonderful person and entrepreneur. What a great smile and personality that was Downtown Lawrence..everyone knew George!
My thoughts are with his family and friends. Peace and god speed George!
Dec. 11, 1971 Lawrence, KS became a better place when George arrived to open a store. George always had the most friends, the biggest smile and will always Be. Thoughts go out to Judy and family.
We have lost a good man. I liked George a lot and,with all of you, mourn his loss. The best to his family and friends.
Several have mentioned “the smile”. What could be more wonderful? His amazing heart! If we can but pass on even bits of what George has given to our community as a whole, and to many of us as individuals, we and the world will be a far more beautiful place. Passing it on will keep his memory alive. I will miss you my friend.
We have all benefited from George’s vision for our community. Our thoughts are with you.
I am so sorry for your loss. George’s impact on Lawrence has been immeasurable. I wish you peace and comfort.
Truly a remarkable man! Helped me so much in my early years becoming one as well. The BEST of the best! Say hello to my father in heaven George! I’m sure you both are having a cold one and reminiscing right about now.
There will never be another GEORGE PALEY. I hope your family will carry on your legacy. May God be with Judy and your family.
We will always remember George’s generosity, open mindedness , creativity and the warmth with which he welcomed our daughter Sarah into the family .
He has left an indelible legacy for his children and grandchildren.
Even far away in Australia his spirit will always live with us.
May he rest in peace .
John and Helen Gibbins
Melbourne , Australia
Judy and Family
I loved the connection with George. The smile and great attitude. The old hippie and great wife. I was expecting George to be down here soon. Judy I hope you will make it here when the the dust settles. Please know the door is always open. I will truly miss that voice. Mike
What a kind, sweet man. I will miss his energy, talent, passion and smile. After meeting his sons once, I saw George’s passion and talent in their eyes. How wonderful to have such goodness touch our lives. He gave me such support in launching the Cider Gallery several years ago. My prayers and sympathies to Judy, Dalton, Max and family.
I am sorry you lost George recently. Although his physical presence is no longer with us, he is here in our memories. I am grateful that I was a friend of his. Please accept my condolences.
Marvin E. Voth
He bestowed so much good in so many ways. We will miss him.
It sure was a lot of fun knowing him! Never saw him without a smile. Our condolences to Judy and the boys.
O SON OF SPIRIT!
“My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.”
George had a Pure, Soft, Kind and Radiant Heart. We Love you for ever
George will be missed. He was a kind and loving person. Growing up next to the Paley family was a wonderful time. On one of his trips to Sharon he made a point to stop in to give condolences to our family and my heart goes out to his family now with prayers and sympathy. Forever in our memories…
So long George. Happy carving up there!
George was “One In A Million”! A very caring individual! He was definitely a bright spot in all the many lives he touched! I know how difficult it is to lose someone you love so much! Prayers and peace to you and your family.
I miss you every day my friend.