August 18, 1960 ~ March 10, 2022

Born in: Louisville, Kentucky
Resided in: Dawsonville, Georgia

George William Heitz, Jr., our captain, died March 10, 2022, in Atlanta, after a courageous struggle against cancer that never sapped his exuberant spirit or love for his family. He was 61 years old.

The world was truly George’s stage. Whether it was high school musicals, church productions, theme park vacations, or anywhere a crowd had gathered, George jumped into the spotlight to entertain. He was usually oblivious to the embarrassment he caused his family (and more than a few celebrities) because he saw in every moment a chance to live life to the fullest. Life was always sunny side up for George.

George was happiest, however, when he was with his family. Of course, he was goofy, but he was also gentle, compassionate, genuine, and loyal. He was a husband, father, g-pa, son, and brother above any other role. He sought out adventures to share with his family like snorkeling with sharks in the Caribbean, melting his shoes on the lava at Haleakala National Park, and dancing with his wife along the Rhine River. When these occasionally turned into misadventures—a moped wreck in Mexico, a jet ski wreck in Florida, forgotten tickets to Disney and Braves games—he laughed, and his family laughed with him (though perhaps not until months or years later).

But it was the ordinary moments that George savored most: cheering on his children at sporting events, driving his boat with his grandsons, teaching friends and family to water ski, hiking and biking in nature, playing a game of dice or cards, enjoying aBraves game on the radio or television, dreaming up plans to compete on Survivor and Amazing Race, and cycling through his impressions of Yogi Bear, Elmo, and Cookie Monster.

In all these things, George modeled his unflappable optimism and commitment to service. As a youth, he was inspired by his father and mother’s own service to take on leadership roles in the Sons of the American Legion. As a church member, he taught Sunday school, led various youth programs, and hosted fellowship groups. He was also a Scoutmaster, softball coach, homeowners association board member, and treasurer for the nonprofit Construction Ready.

George was born on August 18, 1960, to George William Heitz, Sr. and Mary Ada Heitz (née Hall) in Louisville, KY. After graduating from Seneca High School in 1978, he worked three jobs—including his favorite: ushering at Churchill Downs during several Kentucky Derbies—to help his parents pay for his college education. He graduated from Bellarmine University in 1982 with a B.A. in accounting and embarked on a nearly forty-year career as an accountant, controller, and chief financial officer in the construction industry across metro Atlanta.

George met his “angel with an a” at Gardner Lane Ice Skating Rink in 1980 and proclaimed on his first date that he planned to marry her. George married Angela Lynn Hutchinson Heitz on December 20, 1981 and together they had three children: Brandon (Ashlee) Hubbard-Heitz, Cherilyn (Michael) Heitz, and Katrina (Grant) Williams. In addition to his wife, children, and their spouses, George is survived by his two grandsons, Roan and Atticus, along with his sister Mary (Don) Greenlee.

George was predeceased by his parents and his parents by marriage, Curtis and Joyce Hutchinson.

A private memorial service will be held on March 19 at Wages and Sons at 11:00 a.m. A livestream of the service will be available on the Wages and Sons’ website. A larger reception open to the public will be held on March 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 1400 Killian Hill Rd SW, Lilburn, GA 30047. All guests must wear a mask. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a contribution in George’s honor to Construction Ready(https://constructionready.org/donate/).

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  1. I had the pleasure of doing business with George and will always remember him as a positive, genuine, and good person. Saddened by this news, he will be missed.

  2. I never met George, but what an obituary!! What an adventurous and blessed life he had!
    My company has done a lot of business with Astra; and after reading this, my heart goes out to this family. What a great tribute of George’s life. Praying for this family.

  3. What a beautiful example of Christianity, being a good father, and a loving husband George was to the community! We are so sorry for your loss. May God’s presence and love be felt as you grieve his loss.

  4. We are so sorry for your loss. George was a wonderful man. He always had a smile on his face, and a clever way of making others laugh. Our thought and prayers are with you all. Praying for peace and comfort. Lisa, Ronnie, Riley and Rachel

  5. My heart is broken for you all. George was an amazing human and I am glad that my family was blessed to know him. He was the epitome of a Christian and such a great role model for everyone that knew him. I pray that all of your sweet memories will lessen the heartbreak that you all are dealing with. Sending you all lots of love and prayers.

  6. CandleImageSending all our our love and condolences to Angela and the “kids.” What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful man!

  7. CandleImageI only knew George from a work relationship but he was always very kind and always had a smile. Very sad to hear the news. My prayers and condolences to the family.

  8. CandleImageI saw the love for his family and the exuberant love he showed when dancing with his daughter Katrina and grandsons while being very carefully watched by his wife and others at Grant and Katrina’s wedding. God bless each of you. Keep in your heads and hearts all the wonderful memories with a smile or a chuckle. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  9. Wonderful softball coach who invested in the lives of so many young ladies who desperately needed to see what a strong Christian man was like. I am so grateful to him and to his family for sharing him with so many young people. I will forever cherish memories of him teasing and cajoling my daughter to dig deep and always be her best under all circumstances. She has done well Coach George and you played a major role in her development. Thank you!

  10. We have had the great pleasure to be Lake Lanier neighbors with George and his wonderful family. We spoke often of our shared interests in construction, fastpitch softball, and our love for the lake. Every time George would take family and friends out on the boat he would give a wave and stop by to visit. He has a sincere love for his family and entertaining.
    Every time we look down the cove toward the Heitz dock, we will fondly remember our friend Captain George with his kindness and infectious smile. He will live on in our memories but be greatly missed on Overlook Drive.

  11. Hello to Angela, Brandon, Cherilyn and Katrina. I am so sorry I was not there today to honor George. Unfortunately, I could not be guaranteed to be home in time for my monthly commitment to my disciple development group Sunday afternoon in Louisville.

    George was an amazing brother-in-law. I remember the day he brought roses 🌹 to Angela after their meeting at the skating rink. He was truly smitten! Then your wedding on a freezing cold week in Louisville in December 1981. I remember the moped wreck on Isla Mujeres, the waverunner wreck in Florida and many weekends at our houseboat in Kentucky. He always had a smile on his face regardless of the circumstances and always aimed to please whomever he was with. I wish we could have shared many more times later in his life.
    As we all head into the future, I can say for certain that anyone who met George is better for having met him! Rest In Peace Brother and because of our trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we will see you again in Heaven. With the way this world is heading, I personally am hoping it is sooner rather than later!

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