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George William Ferrie

Obituary for George William Ferrie

August 3, 1954 - October 31, 2017
Lakeway, Texas | Age 63

"The Gift of His Wonderful Life"

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George William Ferrie spent much of his life enjoying the natural beauty of the world and working to leave it a better place. He loved his family, friends, his work and his coworkers, his home state and just about all God's creatures. Though he had touched many lives in wonderful ways, he didn't realize just how much he meant to others.

Despite a valiant battle, George died of causes related to glioblastoma brain cancer on Oct. 31, 2017, at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Lakeway, Texas. He was 63.

George loved the movie It's a Wonderful Life and its message that a person is not ranked on how much wealth he accumulates but by how much good he does for other people with the time he is given. His family and friends will gather to celebrate the gift of his wonderful life at 10:00 A.M., Jan. 12th, 2018, Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis.

He was a tall man, standing 6'3", with a big heart and a deep well of kindness. He was strong, both physically and emotionally, with a calm, thoughtful, and soft-spoken demeanor, making people feel safe and respected. His sense of humor was always at-the-ready, a twinkle in his eye putting others at ease.

He was born Aug. 3, 1954, in San Antonio, Texas, to George Robert "Bob" Ferrie and Margaret Ferrie. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in San Antonio, and later from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. He was a registered architect, certified by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, and an Architectural Barriers Specialist.

George served as the Director of Compliance at Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Much of his work helped ensure the safety, quality, and accessibility of a wide variety of consumer services, through licensing and training of service providers, updating and enforcing safety regulations and removal of barriers to access for people with disabilities.

After more than 29 years at TDLR, he was the department's go-to guy, and George always had time for a coworker with a question or concern. George wouldn't lose his temper for a mistake, preferring to problem-solve collaboratively than cast blame. Though he never wanted to put himself in the limelight, George was often called to testify in front of Texas Legislature committees on proposals that affected his department's work. He put aside his natural shyness to address issues courteously and professionally.

George married Donna Sager on December 31st, 1992, in San Antonio, and both were looking forward to celebrating 25 years of marriage. For George, her beloved husband and soulmate, Donna once wrote

"In your eyes I see hope.
Through your eyes, I found joy.
With your eyes, I have love."

George and Donna both became involved in volunteering in their community. He loved to explore and photograph the outdoors, especially the Big Bend area. But he also reveled in the beauty and biological diversity he found around him in Lakeway. He was active in Friends of the Parks (FOP), working hard with volunteers to blaze new trails and bridges to guide hikers to beautiful vistas, as well as repairing many established trails. George was particularly honored to serve on the board as well as a former FOP president.

George and Donna's shared love of animals led them to rescue several dogs and cats, all beloved family members. Their current generation of dogs, Doc and Brisket, and kitty, Misty, will sorely miss their big, lovable "pack leader," whose gentle spirit could soothe even the most frightened and anxious of creatures. Together, George and Donna were active in Austin's own Love-A-Bull, specializing in American Pit Bull Terrier rescue and advocacy.

In his quiet moments, George loved music, especially Stevie Ray Vaughan, and played blues guitar. He was also enthusiastic about historical architectural restoration, and a life-long student of Texas and United States history.

George, along with Donna, enjoyed Austin Neo Soul, Austin Poetry Slam, and Speak Piece Poetry Project, promoting and empowering young voices through the craft of spoken word storytelling.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Sager-Ferrie; his sister and brother-in-law, Louise and Doug Rose of Portland, Oregon; his brother and sister-in-law, Brian and Anita Ferrie of Lake Oswego, Oregon; his sister-in-law, Linda (Sager) Morse and her life partner Roger Edge of San Antonio; his niece and her husband, Katie and Sean Rose, and their daughters Zulia and Jolie, all of Portland; his niece, Nicole Ferrie, of Lake Oswego; two nephews, Zachary Ferrie and his life partner, Kelsey Provost , both of Fort Collins, Colo., and Austin Ferrie of Lake Oswego; and his aunt, Ellabeall Litsis of San Mateo, Calif.

Donna would like to thank Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR); Friends of the Parks-Lakeway; Lake Travis Animal Hospital; The Service League of Greater Lakeway; Lake Travis Progressives; Alamo Heights Methodist Church, San Antonio; Vibra Rehabilitation Center; Baylor, Scott & White Medical Center, Lake Travis; and most importantly colleagues, neighbors, friends and family for the outpouring of care, concern, love and support.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to

Speak Piece Poetry Project-Austin,
https://www.speakpiece.org/sponsors;

Friends of the Park-Lakeway,
133 Long Wood Ave.
Lakeway, TX 78734.

Celebration of Life

January 12, 2018
10:00 AM    3522732 3620047 20180112T100000

Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis
411 Ranch Road 620 South
Lakeway, TX 78734
(512) 263-1511

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  • In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Speak Piece Poetry Project-Austin or Friends of the Park-Lakeway.

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Lakeway, TX 78734
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