George Strain

April 8, 1941 ~ October 20, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old

George Strain Obituary

George Strain, 82, passed away on October 20, 2023, at his home in Kentfield, surrounded by his family. He was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and friend who brought laughter and light to the lives of all who knew him. Born on April 8, 1941, his quick wit and infectious humor were prominent parts of his personality. With a joke always at the ready, he had a remarkable ability to lighten the mood and bring smiles to people’s faces. 

He was born in Philadelphia to George and Nellie Strain. His parents passed at an early age and George and his siblings were raised by their aunt and uncle, Ed and Ellen Strain, in San Francisco (Eureka Valley). George was always more interested in athletics than in school. He consistently referred to himself as "scrappy," having been notably shorter than his peers, yet his relentless dedication, tenacity, and competitive drive propelled him to excel as an athlete.  He was an avid 49er fan. His love for the Niners started at an early age — George sold programs at Kezar Stadium just to get close to the game.  As a member of the United States Army, he represented our country in the Vietnam War. 

At the age of 30, he married Gerri Gipprich, and they would remain together for 52 years. They soon had Lauren, who became the light of their life. George and Lauren had a special bond that could be felt when walking into the room. 

George was a man of honor. He stood up for what he believed in. He took care of the people around him, whether he knew them or not, and knew just how to make people smile. His passion in life was his friends and his family. He would do anything for anyone, anytime.  He always put others before himself. He was also very proud of his 30+ years of sobriety and the many friendships he formed through AA.  He was a thoughtful and generous person, and one that always had a See’s candy in his pocket for you. 

George was predeceased by his brothers John and Eddie. He is survived by his wife (Gerri), his daughter (Lauren), his grandchildren (Katelyn and Trevor), his son-in-law (Chris), his siblings (Margaret, Maureen, Katie and Terry), his sister-in-laws (Brigitte and Berta), his cousin (Mary), and his many nieces and nephews.  George touched the hearts and souls of everyone he encountered. He will be forever missed and never forgotten. 

A Celebration of Life in honor of George will take place at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross on Friday, November 10, from 2-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the 49ers Foundation or Keep Tahoe Blue.

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Celebration of Life
November 10, 2023

2:00 PM
Marin Art and Garden Center
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Ross, CA 94957


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