Thomas Ernest McGeorge
February 9, 1941 – August 3, 2021 (age 80)
Thomas Ernest McGeorge passed away at the age of 80 on August 3, 2021. He was born February 9, 1941, in Michigan to Glen and Virginia (Michalski) McGeorge. His father Glen was a career Coast Guard noncommissioned officer, which allowed Tom to find his love of the water early on as they lived near a shore wherever they went.
As life went on, he graduated high school in Grand Haven, Michigan and attended Ferris College. During this time, he became a full-time professional ski patrolman at Boyne Mountain Resort for the next few winters. Through good luck and his very good friend, he went on the trip of a lifetime sailing through the Mediterranean, North Africa, Egypt, the Near East, Russia, Croatia, Italy, Spain and off to England. Returning to Michigan and not wanting to stay off the water, he and his brother Gram owned at least four different Hobie Cat catamarans. In the ’60s, Tom began working for Ryder Trucking Rental and would stay there for the next 22 years.
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With a new life path in mind, Tom moved to Hawaii in 1987 and pursued a US Coast Guard Masters License. In 1989, he met Joanne Germon and was soon married. Building a home together, they agreed the nest should grow and in 1994 they adopted their only child, Morgan McGeorge. Attending the Pacific Maritime Academy and receiving a 25-ton master’s license, he sailed many inter-island charters on 50-foot sailboats and skippered several Honolulu dinner cruise vessels. Along the way, he was ordained as a minister and did hundreds of civilian and military weddings. In 1993, the 208-foot oil spill ship the Hawaii Responder arrived in Honolulu and he became one of the nine crew members aboard. For the following 15 years, he raised his license to 1600-ton “oceans” and would then earn the title of Chief Mate of the vessel he so loved.
As life slowed down, so did Tom and so he and his family once again packed up and moved to Casper, Wyoming. His interests in Western History grew and he joined the Trail Center as a docent. He spent time enjoying Olli classes at the college and taught skiing at Hogadon.
Tom was a man of calm presence and peace, and loved spending time in familiar moments of family and friends. He was a truly selfless person who opened his heart to all. He was always wearing his signature smile for everyone to see.
He is survived by his wife Joanne Germon; daughter Morgan McGeorge, granddaughter Lincoln McGeorge of Casper, WY; brothers and sisters Kim (Jeanne) McGeorge and their children of South Haven, MI; Glen (Jan) McGeorge and their children of Portland, OR; Linda McGeorge and her children of Grand Haven, MI; and many nieces, nephews and close friends.
He was preceded in death by parents Glen and Virginia (Michalski) McGeorge, brother Gram McGeorge, nephew Tom McGeorge, brother and sister Jim and Janice Germon, and parents Dr. Albert and Dorthy Germon.
The service for Tom will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 16, 2021 at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Casper, Wyoming.