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George Lampman

  • On March 2, 2019
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George Lampman was a mad scientist. A constant learner. A doer. A man that appreciated food. A man who’s love of children extended not only to his own but those of extended family and friends and even the occasional stranger. His ability to sooth the most cantankerous baby was quite possibly magical. And a man that loved life and living in the moment. He also believed with every fiber of his being, that if you massaged potatoes before cooking them, that it somehow made them better.

After graduating from Kings college, he began his 50 year career as an insurance investigator. The latter 40 years, he had operated his own independent firm. Even though he had a long and successful career, his vocation did not define him. He loved machinery and oddball electrical devices. The stranger and more esoteric, the better. George survived three amazing and love-filled years after his Pancreatic Cancer diagnosis. He was inspiring, mischievous, always curious, artistically gifted, and made a lifestyle out of discovery and a love of great food. He was always reminding those around him how much they were loved, with food and warmth.

Over the last three years, George lost more than 70lbs. We watched him in discomfort and never-ending fatigue, but we never saw him lose anything else. Touched deeply by the synagogue shooting tragedy in October of 2018 and perhaps coming to terms with his own mortality, George created perhaps his most moving work of art; A Star of David memorial with the names of those lost on that terrible day. This sculpture was presented to Rabbi Myers of the “Tree of Life” synagogue  in February of 2018, just a few short weeks before George’s own passing. May we all live our own lives sharing that same sense of wonder, curiosity, generosity, passion, and humor, that he poured out to those that he touched. The world was a far better place with him in it, but it is STILL a far better place with his memory.

George is survived by his wife; Andrea, his sons George (wife,Casie)and Paul(wife,Pam) his daughter Aileen(& Ken), five grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and too many nieces, nephews and friends to count!

May he and everyone that knew and loved him find comfort and peace.

Please celebrate his life by massaging the finest potatoes you can find – or by building some infernal, messy contraption in your garage.

Condolences may be sent to The Lampman Family, C/O Pittsburgh Cremation & Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to a hospice of your choice.

A celebration of George’s life will take place at the Sprague Farm and Brew Works, an establishment he dearly loved, on June 1st, from 4 to 9pm. Please dress casually, as this will be a celebration, as opposed to a time to mourn.

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4 Comments

Deborah Vahanian
  • Mar 2 2019
I was saddened by the news. I will miss George. His humor, his bright wide eyes and smile, his willingness to explore ideas, his dedication to culture and society, his calm confident easy tempo, these were his remarkable endearing traits. Of course, his love of his family always shown thru his conversations and his intentions. I feel fortunate to have known him, privileged to have been in his presence. I will keep your family close in my thoughts and prayers as I relive moments, hear his voice in those memories and cherish his laughter that started out as a smile and evolved to a belly roar. I will start my day with a smile, all the better knowing him. Hugs big hugs to you all.
Jane Ciehoski
  • Mar 4 2019
Dear Andrea and Family, I'm so sorry to hear of George's passing.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Although I haven't seen him in years have a lot of great memories from all the family parties at Aunt Bert's.May all your wonderful memories of him help you through this. Love Cousin Jane ( Dogal)
Jeff Williamson
  • Mar 5 2019
Aileen, Andrea, George and Paul, I was very sorry to hear about the passing of George and my heart goes out to all of you. George had a unique way of making the most complicated things seem simple. Although I failed to know him in his later years, I'm forever grateful for the time he had for me, the guidance and for the care he provided. There are not too many days that go by in life where there is not an easy reminder of something I did with him or something he taught me. May he rest in peace and have the comfort he provided so easily.
Sandy Witko
  • Mar 5 2019
Andrea, George, Paul & Aileen, We are so sorry to hear about George's passing. He was a great cousin and we remember him as the fun loving person that he was to us all. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Cousins Sandy & Gene
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