GEORGE ROBB KINNARD, JR. age 71, beloved husband for 48 years of Guenn Marie (nee Behrens); loving father of Chloe (Mark) Nightingale and Chantel Thibodeaux; devoted grandfather of Bertram, Reginald, Percival, Thurston and Hildebrand Nightingale and Desmond, Viera and Dartagnan “Ryker” Thibodeaux; eldest son of the late George and Alma (nee Holl); dearest brother of Deborah, Ann, Bruce, Holly, Jeff and the late Gavin; dear uncle and great-uncle of many.
George was born on March 25, 1952 in Norfolk, Virginia and passed away on July 22, 2023 in Cleveland, Ohio with a full head of hair – the envy of his friends. After graduating from Berlin Heights High School and Cleveland State, he dedicated more than 35 years as a Chemical Engineer and Business Process Specialist for Lubrizol before retiring early, at the age of 61. George had many dedicated work colleagues locally, as well as Texas, France and beyond. His most memorable time spent was with project SAP, where he only received “the bag of shame” a handful of times for “NFG” coding errors.
After bidding farewell to the monotonous dance of the hustle and bustle, George wasted no time in seizing his newfound freedom, reveling in every moment of his well-deserved retirement. When George was not “on duty” with his grandkids, he spent most of his time with the Cleveland Touring Club. He dedicated countless hours helping others find the joy and health benefits of cycling. He was the club secretary for several years, member of the “Fugawis” and volunteered countless hours to ensure all activities ran smoothly. He often referred to himself as the “wheels of mayhem” and boy, did he sure do damage! George left this planet very dramatically, but that’s just how he rolled.
In the rest of his time, George could be found working out to jazz music, practicing marksmanship at the range, playing with his local grandchildren, writing short stories and reading. He was a long-time resident of Willoughby Hills and a proud member of the NRA.
Those who knew George described him as the “Best of the Best” who never had a bad word. He will be missed by all those who had the privilege to know him.
Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen. Ride defensively and predictably. Wear your helmet, be aware of your surroundings and sweet Jesus, watch for debris! George practiced bicycle safety, and you should, too. For more information click HERE.
Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of George at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) FRIDAY, August 11, 2023 from 3-7 PM.