Jan 16, 2020

Adios Amigo

It was a very sad day yesterday, January 15th, when both RVers and bloggers lost George Yates of Our Awesome Travels. George was one of the very special guys, the one with a huge smile and a twinkle in his eye. He was always there be it in person or online to help however he could. George embraced life to the fullest each and everyday. Not even cancer slowed him down. He continued to live his life on his own terms.  He gave to each of us until his body wore out. I am relieved that he is no longer in pain but would give anything to have just one more day with George.

We first met George and Suzie here at Tres Amigos RV Park on Stone Island or the Isla ( Isla de la Piedra ) as I call it. It was our first full winter here in Mazatlan and it was George and Suzie’s first and only visit to Mexico in their RV. We shared Christmas dinner with them and the other RVers in 2009. We brought the New Year in on December 31st at Pizza Benji’s on Goat Island/ Chivos. Now that was a party.  So we brought in the next decade back then together and here we are ten years later saying adios just after the next decade started with only fifteen short days before George passed.

I spent a good part of the past twenty hours re reading George’s posts from mid 2009 and 2010.  He and Suzie both lived life to the fullest on each one of the days they spent here in Mexico. I started to make a list. This is our eleventh winter here. George was only here a few months, yet he did more and saw more places than we have in our time here. Granted he and Suzie were retired and we came here to rest before going back to work 10 – 12 hour days back in Canada. I think it might be time to follow in some of George’s footsteps.

The time we shared here that winter ten years ago was when I learned about blogging and between George and his friend Larry I was ready to start my own blog which I did in May of 2010.  I will never forget George, nor Suzie.  Life should be lived as he did, day after day.

It was an honor George to have met you here in my most special place.  Adios amigo.

Their first Carnival in 2010.  Swept up and into a group of street performers. Photo from George’s blog.

Yes George, you certainly fit in here and everywhere else you have been. Photo from George’s blog.

You will be missed by your loving wife, your families, your hundreds of friends, your hundreds and more of blog readers and others who just were lucky enough to meet you for one day.

I too will miss you, adios.

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7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Adios Amigo”

  1. Gene Siesky says:

    I enjoyed reading your story about meeting George and Suzie. I wonder if they will bury him with his hat and vest?

    Although I don’t RV anymore and never met any RV bloggers, I have followed certain blogs for years. You get to know people through their writing and when they are gone, you miss them and feel very sad. You feel sad even when their pet passes away. You hear or watch their decline. Sometimes it is sudden. Sometimes you wonder what happened that they are not posting anymore and start to think the worst. It was like that with Tioga George, suddenly gone, replaced by sadness. Life, and death happens. People come off the road. People and pets die, Blogs end. We grieve.

  2. Susan Yates says:

    Thanks Contessa. Great posting.

  3. Janet Ashworth says:

    Wonderful tribute for a very special person.

  4. SandyM says:

    I am sorry for the loss of your friend and fellow blogger. Gene Siesky covered all I wished to say so; thank you Gene.

  5. Croft Randle says:

    George’s loss affects all of us. As you say he was always there to lend an eager hand either in person or on line. We will always remember his ear to ear smile and his trademark hat! Another friend gone but not forgotten.

  6. livingrichonthecheap says:

    I am sorry about your friend. Good to remember to live each day to the fullest – it appears he did

  7. S Morin says:

    Thank you for saying it just perfect. He was a wonderful person.

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