It's fairly safe to say that if you live in the greater Houston area, your life has been touched by George Mitchell, whether through a visit to Galveston's historic Strand, a concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion or cheaper natural gas.
George Mitchell's life and contributions will be remembered in Galveston tomorrow night in a public service at Trinity Episcopal Church, followed by a celebration at Saengerfest Park.
Bill Ross is senior vice president and general manager of Mitchell Historic Properties and will emcee the celebration.
"You know the thing that I admired, well I admired all kinds of things about George, but he was a great listener. He would listen, he would analyze what you say and he would have just some great input. So it was a wonderful relationship working with George Mitchell all these years."
Mitchell grew up on Galveston Island. But he founded The Woodlands, which is where a second memorial celebration will be held on Thursday evening at the pavilion named for his wife.
Katherine Lorenz is president of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation and is also their granddaughter.
"Of everyone I've ever met in the entire world, he surely was the most visionary I've ever, ever met. And to the day he died, he was talking about 10, 20, 100 years into the future, thinking way into the future, which is a really unique quality for someone who's in the last stages of their life. So he was definitely an amazing person and we hope others will join in celebrating his life with us."
George Mitchell was 94 when he died on July 26th.
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For details about both memorial services:
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - Galveston, Texas
5:30 pm: Service at Trinity Episcopal Church (2216 Ball Ave)
7:00 pm: Gathering and celebration at Saengerfest Park (2302 Strand)
Thursday, August 8, 2013 - The Woodlands, Texas
7:30 pm: Service at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (2005 Lake Robbins Dr.)
DONATE: The Mitchell family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in George P. Mitchell’s memory to the Galveston Sustainable Communities Alliance, Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council, the Galveston Academic Excellence Booster Club, or a preferred not-for-profit organization that supports strong communities, environmental sustainability, or educational initiatives.