George Amaldo Goldbeck, 67, died July 31, 2018 at Duke University Hospital following a brave and valiant fight against cancer.
He was born May 9, 1951 in Roswell, NM to the late Lt. Col. Emil B.A. Goldbeck and Dorothy Ward.
George graduated from Western Guilford High School in 1969. He attended East Carolina University and graduated with a degree in Business. After graduation he worked at Fawn Industries, Franchise Enterprises (Hardees), Belk Tyler, and retired from Lowe’s Home Improvement. George was initially a volunteer fireman with the New Hope Fire Department before serving on the Board of Directors as Treasurer.
George was a loving and caring husband, father, relative, and friend. His hobbies and interests included golf, fishing, hunting, woodworking, and craft work. He loved feeding birds and deer while watching their antics outside his back door. He was loyal to his Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees, win or lose. He enjoyed watching college sports, rooting not only for his alma mater ECU, but also NC State, Duke, and Carolina – often to the consternation of his friends. George’s secret recipe barbecue sauce was legendary. Memories of his pig pickins will live on in our hearts and taste buds. He loved people and made friends wherever life took him. George was generous with his time and resources, always willing to offer a helping hand. His sense of humor, gentle caring spirit, and wisdom will be missed by everyone blessed to know him.
George is survived by his wife of 45 years, Debbie Patterson Goldbeck; daughters, Carrie and Meredith; Aunt, Edna Durham, brother, Patrick Goldbeck; step-siblings James Ward (Emily) and Jennifer Bunn (Harold); brothers-in-law Donald Patterson (Judy) and Danny Patterson; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his sister Jeanette Cantrell.
A funeral service was held Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm in the Chapel at Walker’s Funeral Home, 120 W. Franklin St, Chapel Hill. George was laid to rest at Leaflet Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Broadway, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Fire Department, PO Box 16484, Chapel Hill, NC 27516; Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256; Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, MO, 64111; or, Durham Rescue Mission, PO Box 11858, Durham, NC, 27703.
The Goldbeck family is under the care of Walker’s Funeral Home of Chapel Hill.
View George's skydiving video (copy and paste this link): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Het-lLdyopVhVaC6SyQ5Tz1Pw1_YhCeb/view